Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 11

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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 - Storytelling

Try a new storytelling game to bring new life to old stories. Start reading one of your child's favorite books. When you get to a critical point in the story, challenge them to take charge of the tale and add their own twist by asking your child ‘what happens next, how they think the character feels, or what they would do if that happened to them. See if you can add their ideas into the story, letting them tell you how it should end.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Send a Letter

Help your little one to create and send a letter or card. Using a piece of paper folded in half and any craft supplies you may own, get your child to decorate a card any way they want, use paint, crayons, glitter, stickers or stamps in different shapes to decorate the card any way they choose

You can then help them by writing a message inside, by asking them who they would like to send it too and what they want to say. You can write the message in for them. Can your child write their name to sign the card?

Send the letter to a friend or family member, you could even ask them to send one back for your little one.

If you have a post box nearby take the opportunity to take a walk to let your little one post the letter into the box.

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 - Photo Bingo

Improve your child's memory and help him learn who's who in your family tree with this photo game. Take nine family photos and arrange them into rows of three.

Give your child nine playing cards or counters to serve as bingo chips. When someone calls out  the name of a family member such as "Daddy" or "Grandma," your toddler has to spot the right photo and cover the photo with their counter. Whoever gets three in a row wins.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Sensory Table

Fill a series of bowls or containers full of textured objects - try cold cooked spaghetti, gloop, cereal, or lentils, or anything else you can think of. Allow your child to dip their hands in and explore the different textures, you could also add utensils or pots for scooping and pouring. 

You could also blindfold your child, have them sift their hands through, and describe what they can feel. Is it dry or wet, hard or soft, does it feel squishy. Then challenge them to guess the object.

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 - Bowling at Home

Empty plastic bottles and a small ball are all you need to transform the family room into a bowling alley. Six bottles should suffice for bowling pins; if the bottles fall over too easily, fill them up with a little water or dry pasta for some extra weight.

If your child can easily knock the bottles down, challenge them to stand a little further away. 

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Mini Car Wash

Gather up your child's cars, trucks or spaceships for a wash, any plastic vehicles will work well. Pop them in a tub, in the sink or the bath and give them a scrub using sponges, washing up liquid or bubble bath, squeezy bottles or a spray bottle.

Alternatively you can ask your little one to help you wash your car too. 

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 - Make Use of Masking Tape

Masking tape is a simple way to create a variety of play activities for your child, lay it on the floor in a hopscotch pattern or create a mock balance beam on the living room floor. It’s easy to create an obstacle course, by placing lines for your child to follow.

You can also try making an invisible dollhouse. Lay down a "floor plan" on the rug, and let your little one furnish the house with doll furniture.

Alternatively create a stage (a rectangle) for you and your child to act out stories, sing or dance or put on a show for the rest of the family.

 

When you’re finished simply peel the masking paper off.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Slow Motion Tag

Challenge your child’s coordination and motor control by playing a simple game of slow motion tag. Take turns to try and catch each other, just remember you are only allowed to move slowly. 

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 - Sofa Tour

Try taking a tour from your sofa, whether it’s:

a Palace - Google Arts and Culture

a Cave - Google Arts and Culture

a Museum - Science Museum

a National Park - Google Arts and Culture  

the Great Wall of China - The China Guide

There are lots of places you can explore without even leaving your house. Activities like these are a great chance to support your childs communication skills by asking about what they can see and hear.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Pratice Ordinal Numbers

Don’t worry if you don’t know what an “ordinal number” is. They are simply the words that describe an ordered sequence, such as “first”, “second” and “third”. Understanding them helps children to structure their day, and means that they can follow instructions in the right sequence, and will help them develop their math skills.

Try adding ordinal numbers into your normal daily activities for example have a race with toy cars, and ask your child “which car was first?”, then “which car was second?”.

Talk about your favourite foods, colours or songs together. What would be their first choice? What about second and third choices, and so on.

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