Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 12

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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



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.


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 - Number Matching

Try matching one object to another, or matching a group of objects to a number. This skill helps young children when they come to simple addition and subtraction, because they can already recognise that ‘”4” means 4 things or objects – and that they have to count to 4.

1, Count out toys for a very simple game that helps with teaching children about 1 to 1 correspondence, ask your child to give you a certain number of toys, for example “can you give me four marbles?”

2, Dominoes - Matching the dots on one domino to those on another domino is great for developing matching skills and really helps children to get the idea of what “four” looks like.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Jam Jar Xylophone

Fancy having some noisy fun?  All you need is some clean, empty jam jars, a spoon and a tap!

Jam Jar Xylophone - Tiny Happy People

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 - Painting with Teabags

Try painting with some cold tea bags, they can be used as a paintbrush, as a stamp, or can be split open, as the leaves inside will add texture to the painting. Be sure to talk to your child about what they are painting and what shapes they can make to encourage their imagination. Ensure that you praise their masterpiece.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Shopping Game

Pretend play can help your little one understand everyday life.

Try setting up a shopping game using a variety of objects from around your home. This gives your child the chance to use new words and follow simple instructions. 

You can trade items, or use coins to buy items from the shop, use a box as the till and even give your little one change. Take it in turns to be the shopkeeper or the customer, and talk about what you have on sale, what you are going to buy, and how much it costs.

Your little one will love playing pretend and it will spark their imagination and communication skills.

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 - Tap Box

Fill a box with everyday items from your home that you and your child can talk about. Can they guess what’s inside?

Create excitement before revealing an object by tapping/ drumming on the top of the box, singing, shouting or doing a dance before you choose an object from inside.

Choose an object and then talk about what it is called and what it can be used for, It's a fun way for your little one to learn the words for common items and what they're used for.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Cooking

Get your toddler to help you cook lunch. Everyday tasks like cooking can be a great chance to talk to your child about different things. You can build their vocabulary by introducing them to different words for foods and textures. Give them foods to explore, feel and taste (Over 6 months only), or give them small tasks, such as stirring, or pouring ingredients. If your child has already started using their own cutlery, they could use their (child safe knife) to help you chop ingredients.

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 - Listen, Sing or Dance

Listen, sing or dance along to the philharmonics take on a classic nursey rhyme.

The Grand Old Duke of York - BBC Philharmonic

You could even play along using instruments.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - 10 Minute Shake Up

Try a Disney game guaranteed to get you moving and keep your kids active. Physical activity is key to building muscle, developing coordination and motor skills, and supporting a love of sports.

Try this toy story themed race or explore other disney shake up games to get you moving.

Woodys Antique Shop Dash - Change4Life

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 - Visit the Ducks

Take a trip outside to your nearest park to see what animals you can find. Now is a great time to explore nature. If your park has ducks or geese see if your little one can spot any ducklings or goslings. Can you quack like a duck, walk like a duck or sing any songs about a duck. 

A visit to the park is a perfect time to encourage language and communication by talking about what you can see.

What else can you see? Are there other animals, insects or birds around?

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Sensory Play

Have fun with this dyed chick peas by making your own brightly colored play material! So simple and easy to DIY and lasts for a very long time, ready to be used in sensory bins and small world play over and over again’.

Dyed Chick Peas Sensory Play - The Imagination Tree

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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