Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 15

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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 - Take Photographs

Show your little one how to take photos using a camera, a phone or even try fashioning a pretend camera from a cardboard box, create scenes and get snapping. Get your child to pose for pictures, or to do an action (eg. Jump for the photo). Encourage your little one to take pictures of people in the house, their toys or of things they find interesting outside, it will get their imagination and creativity flowing and they will love being just like you.  Afterwards you can talk to your child about the pictures you have taken, and maybe print a few to look at in the future.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Musical Statues

Turn on some of your favourite songs and get in  some exercise by dancing along until the music stops. When it stops, freeze in whatever position you find yourselves in – even if they have one leg up, try your best to hold the position, as still as a statue, until the music starts again. To make the game more challenging, ask the little one to freeze in a specific pose or position, try different animals, a shape, a letter or even a yoga or ballet pose. This will test your little ones listening skills, support them in developing fitness and coordination, and facilitate motor skills and muscle 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 - Listening Game

Collect several household items, and place them on the floor. Allow your little one to look carefully at the items.  When they have had a good look, ask your child to close their eyes, no peeking. Pick an item and make a sound with it, then  without them looking, ask your child to guess which object it may be.  Try gently tapping a glass, shaking a rattle, rubbing sand paper, or tearing paper. Get creative, test your child’s listening skills, and have fun. Then challenge your child to take a turn choosing an object and seeing what sound they can make.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Throwing

Using a basket/ box and a soft ball (a rolled up sock will work too), practise your childs throwing skills, to support fine motor development. Take turns throwing the ball into the bucket. Start close to the target, but each time your child gets it in ask them to take a step back, so they are further away each time. Be sure to cheer them on.

You can make this game more interesting by attempting trick shots. Can your little one throw it over their shoulder, through their legs, or with their back to the bucket. The sillier the better.

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 - Star Gazing in the Day

Use a kitchen colander or sieve to create a starry night on your ceiling. Draw the curtains and turn of the lights to make it as dark as possible. Sit comfortably or lie on the floor, and shine a touch through the holes in the colander to create a pattern on the ceiling. Does moving the colander or the torch change what you can see? Can you make any shapes or constellations by joining the dots together.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Sleeping Giant

Lie down on the floor and encourage your children to play around you, they could set up a farm on your belly, place dolls by your feet, or let their toys use you as a bench. But they need to be very quiet as they are playing on a sleeping giant, and they do not want to wake him up. If they get too noisy, stretch, jump up and rawr. Your children will love seeing their toys fall everywhere. If they are feeling energetic the giant may chase them away.

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 - Roly Poly

Rolling on the floor will support balance, coordination, control of their own body and fine motor skills. Try asking your little one to roll straight like a pencil, roll forwards, backward or right then left. Can they roll with their arms above their head or hold onto a toy while they roll.

If they are finding this simple try introducing a forward or backward roll. Just make sure the floor is clear so they don’t bump into anything.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Baking

Try making some simple rice crispy cakes, as a tasty treat they you can decorate however you want.

Chocolate Rice Krispie Cakes - BBC Good Food Guide

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 - Operation

Try this childhood game on a much larger scale, with you as the patient. Get the kitchen tongs and some small objects, lie on the floor and balance the objects on top of your belly or legs. Hand your toddler or pre-schooler the tongs and ask them to carefully pick up each item one at a time. If this is too easy, challenge their fine motor skills, by asking them to use tweezers. Add sound effects, of course. If you like you can also name the objects so they represent different body parts. You can explain to your child that, this is where your lungs are for example. This is a great opportunity to introduce some new vocabulary.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Create a Calming Jar

Use some soap, some beads and possibly some glitter to create a calming sensory bottle your child can play with. Older children can practice their fine motor skills, by helping you to mix and pour the different elements into the bottle, like a mini science experiment, encourage them to watch what happens.

How to Make a Calming Jar - Today Parent

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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