Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 13

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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 - Space in a Bottle

Create space in a bottle. Sensory bottles are a great way for younger children to explore a new visual experience, whilst older children will enjoy creating the mixture inside, practice their motor skills by pouring and mixing. Encourage communication by introducing new language, surrounding space such as stars, space or astronaut.

Space in a Bottle - Natgeokids

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - What's the Time Mr Wolf

Get active and practise counting with this classic playground game. Try playing outside to make the most of the sunshine.

  1. One person is the wolf and stands facing the wall. Everyone else lines up some distance away.
  2. All shout out "What's the time Mr Wolf?" and the wolf shouts back a time.
  3. You must move the same number as steps as the time, so if the wolf shouts "2 o'clock!", you take 2 steps towards them, and so on.
  4. If the wolf shouts "Dinner time!", they can turn and chase you! The first person the wolf catches becomes the wolf  next time.
  5. If you reach the wall before the wolf shouts dinner time, the wolf has to give you a high five.

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 - Numbers

Learning about one more and one less than a given number is important for estimating and being able to understand and estimate quantity, and leads on to simple addition and subtraction.

Activities for one more, one less: 

  1. Sticky notes numbers 
    Write the numbers one to ten on sticky notes, stick them in a row, then ask your child to pick a number and quiz them on which numbers come before and after the one they have chosen.

  2. Secret number
    Think of a number, then ask your child to guess your secret number. Tell them that, for example, your secret number is “one more than 6” or “one less than eight”. Ask your child to think of their own secret number too and try to find out what it is.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Archaeologist

Bury some treasure for your little one to discover. Try burying some toys outside in a sandpit, or in soil in the garden, or placing them in a tub and covering them with lentils or porridge oats (for indoor play that can be easily brushed up). You can either hide the toys completely, or leave parts poking out as a clue.

Encourage communication by asking your children what they think they will find hidden away, and then by talking about what they did find. Vary the activity by providing different tools; you could use spades for digging, a paintbrush to gently uncover the artefacts or a sieve. 

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 - Moon and Star Toast

Create an artistic and tasty midmorning snack 
Moon and Star Toast - Cbebbies

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Spelling

Practice simple spellings, using letters that you may have around the house (magnets, plastic letters, or post it notes with letters written on). Start by trying to spell simple words that your child knows, for example cat, one letter at a time. Lay out the a and the t (_at) next to each other and ask your child to help you work out which letter is missing. You can support them with this by saying the sounds in the word (c-a-t). Or giving them a choice between two letters and asking them which one they think is the correct letter.

You can extend this activity by asking your child to write the word once they can see how it is spelled. Can they copy the letters?

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 - Colour Mixing

Explore the science of colour mixing, using food colouring or paints. Try mixing different colours together to see what will happen. What colour will be made? What happens if you mix 2 colours? Or 3 colours? What happens when you mix a colour with white? Will it get darker, or lighter?

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - PE

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 Lion King themed game:
Simbas Mighty Roar Jumps - Change4Life 

or explore other disney shake up games to get you moving.

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 - Scavenger Hunt

‘Make this fun outdoor play activity with this DIY paint chip colour scavenger hunt game! Fab for a nature themed activity to keep the kids busy and observant as they play outside, in the garden, park or woods’

Can your little one name the colours? Who can spot the most objects that are a certain colour?

Paint Chip Colour Scavenger Hunt - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Read a Story

Ask your little one to read you a story, try giving them their favourite book, one you have read countless times, and where they may be able to remember the story. Ask them to tell you the story using the pictures to help them. This will test their memory and their imagination. As well as encouraging their communication skills. You can ask questions, or talk about what you can see in the pictures to help them along. See how much of the story your little one remembers, or if they tell you a brand new story.

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