Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 14

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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 - Simon Says

Simon Says is a classic that teaches children how to follow instructions and helps develop those all-important listening skills. Call out ‘Simon says touch your toes’ and ask your little one to follow them. Make sure they listen for the words ‘Simon says’. If you call out an instruction, but don’t say Simon says, your child doesn’t need to do it. Be sure to throw in some fun ones too, you could do a silly dance, roll over, or bounce like a kangaroo! This game is great for teaching toddlers the names for their body parts, and encouraging them to move in a variety of ways.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Parachute

Using a sheet or parachute; ask your little one to hold tightly to one edge or corner, whilst you hold the side opposite. This is a great game to get siblings involved too. Practice moving the parachute while saying, up, up, up whilst you raise it or down, down, down as you lower it. At random intervals shout under, and everyone should try to quickly crawl underneath and let the parachute fall on them. This is good for listening and fine motor control.

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 - Shake Up Games

Try this jumping obstacle course, help your children stay fit, develop their coordination and agility and have fun playing as your favourite Disney characters.

Mr Incredibles Big Jump - Change4Life

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Talking Boxes

Talking boxes are a great way to encourage early communication and language skills. Choose a basket, box or jar, for example an old shoe box would work well. Tell your little one this is their special talking box and they can help you to fill it with all their favourite things. Photographs, toys and special objects are a great place to start.

You can then spend time talking to your child about the things they have put in the box, what they are, why they chose them, and what is special about them. Do you or your child have any memories associated with the item that you can share. This activity is a great opportunity to ask your little one lots of questions, and to encourage them to talk about themselves and their feelings.

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 - Play Dough

Enjoy play dough play with a twist, making it with fruit will add a new sensory element and interesting new smells.

Natural Fruit Play Dough - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Baking

Let your little one get involved in baking your favourite recipe. Encouraging your child to take a more active role in choosing, preparing and cooking simple meals, can help them explore a wider variety of foods, it’s a fun way to introduce ingredients and let little ones explore new tastes, smells and textures.

Following a simple recipe allows the opportunity to:

  • Talk about ingredients and where they came from
  • Try reading the numbers on the scale together for some maths practice; do you need some more of a specific ingredient?
  • Practice following simple instructions, for example ‘can you pass me the butter’
  • Development of fine motor skills, whether stirring a mixture, pouring some ingredients into a bowl, attempting to crack and egg, or decorating a cake, there are many opportunities for your child to use their hands.

You can even get your toddler involved in the cleaning up process, by encouraging them to wipe the table with a sponge, letting them brush the floor, or giving them a bowl of soapy water to practice washing up. Children love doing what grownups are doing.

Baking with children may not always go to plan, and it is likely to be messy, however it is important to remember it’s the process, not the product that Is important, and your child will have lots of fun regardless of the end result.

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 - Name Writing

Encourage your little one to try writing your name, there are lots of fun ways to do this regardless of the stage your child is currently at. 

  • You can start of simply by writing your child’s name using bold bubble writing and simply getting them to colour it in, you can show them the letters, talk about what they are and tell them it spells their name. 
  • You can then try asking them to trace the name, you can write your child’s name and get them to trace it, this can be done, outside on the floor in chalk, on a chalkboard, on paper, with a pen, with finger-paint  or even in the sandpit using your fingers to trace the letters in the sand. Or anywhere else you can think of. When they have traced their name several times and are confident with forming some of the letters, you can encourage them to try independently using your writing to copy from. 
  • You can also try a dot to dot style of writing, placing a dot where each letter will start, and a dot where each letter will end, it is useful to have the name already written out and visible so your little one can use it as a reference. See if your child can tell you what each letter is as they write. 

When your child is confident they can try writing their name independently. Try encouraging them to say what letters they are writing.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Hotter Colder

Select an object to hide. Ask your little one to close their eyes while you hide the item somewhere in the room, (no peeking). Once the item is properly hidden, your little one can search for it while you give them verbal clues. If your little one is not at all close to the item say, “You’re cold,” but as they get closer to the hidden item, respond “Getting warmer…” When they have almost found the item, say, “You’re hot!” Keep the clues and encouragement high going until they have successfully found the item.
Now it is their turn to hide something and give you clues to help you find it.

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 - Early Maths

Simple addition and subtraction, is an important first step on the way to doing more complex maths. Remember that while you are talking and playing with your child you are always developing their language and building their real-life experiences. Using language such as “add”,  “add on”, “subtract” and “take away”, whilst you are playing helps your child begin to understand these different maths skills.

You can talk about this whilst you are getting your child dressed for the day, help your little one button up their shirt or jacket and ask them how many buttons are done up. Help them to count.  If they undo one, how many buttons are buttoned now? What if they button up another one? As well as maths skills, this game also helps to develop their fine motor skills!

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Magic Sand

Try making some magic sand, it will support your little ones fine motor skills, foster their creativity and keep them busy for ages. Try adding containers, utensils or cookie cutters, to create shapes, sculptures or sandcastles.

Recipe for Mouldable Sand - 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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