Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 10

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Are you looking for some activity ideas to implement into your family’s daily routine? 

Each week we will update our routine pages with a weekly selection of activity ideas to try at home. Discover previous pre-school routines using the useful links section at the bottom of this page.

Toddler and pre-school children thrive with routine. This begins the moment they wake to the moment they settle for their night’s sleep. With the support of you their parent/carer all activities support your littles ones developmental journey.

Enjoy and have fun!

 

Eat breakfast

  • Can your child help you to prepare it?
  • Consider making sugar swaps. You can find lots of information at Change4Life.

Sugar Swap Ideas - Change4Life Website

 

Washing

Here we go round the ‘Mulberry Bush.’ Use the song to encourage a good cleaning routine which is fun and educational identifying nose, chin, etc. Will provide a good hand washing routine.

Sing...

Here we go round the mulberry bush,
The mulberry bush, the mulberry bush,
Here we go round the mulberry bush,
On a cold and frosty morning.

This is the way we wash our hands,
We wash our hands, we wash our hands,
This is the way we wash our hands,
On a cold and frosty morning.

Other verses…

This is the way we do our hair...

This is the way we brush our teeth...

 

Getting dressed 

  • Can they put on their clothes?
  • Support your child in getting dressed independently

 

What day is it today?

 

Monday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Ocean Sensory Bottle

For world oceans day on the 8th June create an ocean sensory bottle with your child for them to play and explore.

This is a nice opportunity to look talk about the ocean and the types of animals and fish you may find in the sea.

Ocean and Waves Discovery Bottle - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - World Bike Week

This week is world bike week, so take the opportunity to get outside and stay active:

  • by encouraging your little one to ride their bike or scooter,
  • by going on a family bike ride, or doing laps of the garden (remember your helmet).

Alternatively ask them to walk, hop, skip or jump. Spending time outside together and exercising as a family is good for mental and physical health, and creates hours of fun for you and your little one. 

12.00pm to 12.30pm - Lunchtime

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Tuesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Matching Halves

Matching halves of a whole object is a fun way of letting your child explore objects and to encourage them to talk about them. Try for yourself by cutting some fruits, vegetables and other household items in half. Can they match them up to make a whole?

Matching up halves encourages children's problem-solving skills. You can talk about things being the same or different. Be sure to give your child time to work out which goes with which. Name the objects as you go, and help your child describe them.

You could also try pairing socks, shoes, or anything else that comes in pairs.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Learning Opposites

Help your little one learn by asking them to think of the opposite of a word or situation.

Explain the word or situation in detail or use props and actions to help your child. Simple examples could be:

  • heavy and light
  • on and off
  • big and small
  • open and shut.

Talk about everyday situations or concepts your child is familiar with, and repeat words to help them learn.

12.00pm to 12.30pm - Lunchtime

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Wednesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Jumping Frogs

Pretend to be like frogs and jump around! Playing this game helps your child to connect words and actions together, and is a great form of exercise.

Jump and bounce around like frogs together! It's a great way for your child to keep active and to develop their coordination. Repeat words like 'high', 'over' and 'under' when you're jumping around. You could use cushions as lily pads and blankets as water!

This activity is also great for developing your child's imaginative play and creativity.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Estimating Numbers

Estimating and learning about quantities are both important skills for enabling children to come to judgements about numbers, and to understand the idea of what might be “too little” or “too much”. Children love guessing games and so they naturally learn how to estimate.

To understand quantities, children need to understand what an amount really means so that they can recognise that five items in a group also means five items in terms of quantity. Matching number to quantity is a skill children need to use.

To help your child learn this, use a simple guessing game, ask your child if they can guess how many toys are in a bag, or biscuits are in a jar, then ask them to count them up to see whether they are right.

You can extend this by adding or taking away an item, and asking your child if there are the same amount as before? How many are there now?

12.00pm to 12.30pm - Lunchtime

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Thursday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Drawing Faces

Provide paper and pens or pencils and ask your child to draw a face. Drawing faces is a great way for your child to learn to recognise different body parts and will also help your toddler to link facial features with different emotions. Encourage your toddler to say the names of the parts of the face as they are drawing, ‘eyes’, ‘mouth’, ‘nose’.

Also use words like 'happy face' or 'sad face' when drawing, to help them describe the face.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Traffic Light Game

Playing the traffic light game helps your toddler understand simple instructions. Use the words 'red' and 'green' to signal when to go and stop. This activity can be used for any action, running, clapping or dancing for example.

You can switch it up by letting your toddler have a go at telling you when to start and stop using the words red and green too.

12.00pm to 12.30pm - Lunchtime

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Friday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Mud Kitchen, Make Portions

Create a mud kitchen to encourage your little one to explore natural resources, get messy and have a new sensory experience. A mud kitchen can be as simple as a few old pots, pans, baking trays or containers of any kind. If you have any utensils, spoons, whisks or a rolling pin to spare this is great to. You can use old kitchen items, play things you already own, or something that you don’t mind washing at the end, so it can be brought back inside. Whatever you are happy to spare.  

Encourage your child’s imagination, by getting them to collect leaves, twigs or mud or flowers, (herbs can make a great addition to, as they smell nice, which adds an extra element to play) to be cooked, baked or made into a magical potion. A mud kitchen is all about imagination and having fun. On warm days a pan or pot of water is a nice addition to outdoor play.

Talk to your child about what they are doing or creating, and encourage them to explore the resources around them. 

Benefits of Mud Kitchens - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Insect Hunt

Whilst outside in the garden or on a walk, see what insects you can see. You can look on the ground, on tree bark or see if you can see any flying around flowers.

If you have a vegetable patch, or border, your little one could try digging with a trowel to see what they can uncover. You could even try worm charming by banging on the surface by stamping your feet, or hitting the floor with a spade. Worms are attracted to the vibrations caused by the noise, and should come to the surface.

Remember to talk about what you find; what is it’s called, where does it live, how many legs does it have or what colour is it, to encourage communication skills. You could even copy how it moves, crawls or flaps its wings, to get your little one moving.

12.00pm to 12.30pm - Lunchtime

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Welcome Time

Share the day’s routine of activities…

You could use a visual timetable so children know what to expect. Visual timetables and Now and Next are effective for some children to understand the routine for the day. It can help children who are having difficulties following instructions become more motivated.

You can use a timer to explain when an activity is coming to end it will help with transition from one activity to another. Use an alarm on your phone, egg timer or cooker timer etc

Creating A Visual Table (pdf)

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Free Play

Let your child choose what activity they would like to do…
This supports your little one in developing their imagination, having ideas and being in control of their learning. 
You as the parent/carer are there to enhance this learning through meaningful conversation; lots of open ended questions… 
Remember to get down their level so they can see you and hear you. 
Don’t forget to have a look at the useful links section on the website for ideas to support extending your little one’s play. 

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Snack Time Ideas

Let your little one help you prepare their snack.

  • Pitta bread with salad    
  • Hummus with carrot and cucumber sticks 
  • Selection of fruit
  • Cheese Crackers     
  • Plain yogurt with fruit added   
  • Plain mini rice cakes         
  • Hard boiled eggs    
  • Fruit smoothie  
  • Cherry tomatoes with mozzarella
  • Plain Greek yogurt with mixed berries
  • Sliced pears with ricotta cheese
  • Toast with low fat spread/cottage cheese

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Lunchtime Ideas

Lunch times provide a great opportunity to promote your children’s speech and language development, physical skills and their independence as well as their health.

Offer choices
Example: “Do you want a sandwich or soup?” This helps your child to learn the words that they need to know and ask for what they want. 
Show what they like - Use words or gestures to say what they want and ask for them.

Comment on your child’s actions or offer a running commentary on your own actions whilst making lunch. This will let your child know that you are interested.

Give them the words that they need to know and build their vocabulary. Sometimes questions can put your child under pressure.


Allow your child to help make Lunch

Provide plastic or child friendly utensils to allow them to develop their physical skills and independence whilst spreading the butter on the bread, the cheese spread on the crackers or chopping the banana.

This will develop their fine motor skills and boost their confidence and self-esteem as they become your little helper.

Introduce some fun into Lunch time by offering some different meals, here are some ideas…

 

Silly Sandwiches

Create your own funny faces on top of your child’s favourite sandwich using vegetables and salad this will help in achieving those 5 a day! 
If you have playdough cutters at home these can double up as sandwich cutters to make sandwiches more interesting and an opportunity to introduce some new fillings that maybe your child wouldn't have tried on a normal shaped sandwich. 
Another option is to wrap your slice of bread with your filling on to form  pinwheel sandwiches rather than your traditional sandwich again making these more appealing to children.

Sandwich filler ideas:

Cheese spread, cold meats such as ham slices, chicken slices, turkey slices, tuna mayonnaise, Cheese slices, Egg mayonnaise.

 

Build your own wraps

This offers children choice and independence whilst offering a variety of vegetables such as sliced peppers, sliced cucumber etc. along with other fillings such as cheese and cold meat children can create a lunch of their own choosing on a soft tortilla wrap.

 

Cheese and Crackers

A lunch enjoyed by many children. Give this a twist and create a butterfly using a cheese string, a bag of mini crackers such as cheddars and a bag of chopped grapes creating wings for your butterflies.

 

Easy Vegetable Soup

1 (500g) tub chicken stock
350ml  (12foz) tomato juice
225ml (8 fl oz) water
1 large potato, diced
2 carrots, sliced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 (400g) tin chopped tomatoes,
100g (4 oz) fresh green beans, chopped,150
(5 oz) frozen sweetcorn.

In a large stock pot, combine all ingredients. Bring to the boil and simmer for 30 minutes or until all vegetables are tender.

 

After an alternative to crisps? Micro sweet potato crisps!

Finely slice sweet potatoes and arrange the slices in a single layer on a large microwaveable plate. Spray with cooking oil and microwave on full power for 4 minutes. Check for crispiness and continue to cook in the microwave at 30 second intervals until crispy.

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Useful Activities