Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 16

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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 - Potato Print

Use a potato and some paint to create unique artwork with your little ones.

Use potatoes of different sizes if you want to make large and small designs. Cut your chosen potatoes in half (an adult should do this part). Then ask your little one to draw a shape or design onto the flat edge of the potato in pen (drawing around a cookie cutter will work well for specific shapes). When they have finished, cut around the outline of the design to create the stamp.

You can also cut thick slices of potato and use a cookie cutter to create stamps of a specific shape.

Blot your potato with kitchen roll to absorb excess moisture, or leave to let it dry out.

Then let your child use the stamps, some paint and some paper to create their masterpiece. Encourage them to use their imagination and creativity and see what they can create.

You can also use other vegetables to create different patterns and textures, for example a corn on the cob painted and rolled across paper will create a spotty pattern.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Hopscotch

Hopscotch is a fun game that can be played anytime, all you need is some chalk. Draw out your boxes on the pavement and off you go.

Make this an exercise game by challenging your little one to hop skip or jump through the boxes. Maybe you could race to see who can do it fastest.

Alternatively, add a new element to the game by drawing shapes, letters or numbers in the boxes. Ask your child to name the shapes, read the letters or count as they hop. You could also test your child’s phonics skills by writing simple CVC words (3 letter words- such as cat) in the boxes, for your child to sound out and read as they hop.

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 - Paper-Mache

Make some Paper-Mache for your child to play with. This no glue version just needs flour, water and newspaper.  
Not only will this be a fun and messy sensory experience for your children they will also be able to use their imagination and creativity to create their art.

Try covering a balloon with Paper-Mache to create an egg, a globe, a face, a dinosaur or anything else you can think of.

Home to make Paper-Mache - BBC Good Food

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Order Numbers

Use any numbers you may have in your home to help support your child’s counting skills, fridge magnet numbers, bath toys, or numbers written on a piece of paper of post-it note will all work.

Spread them all out on the floor and ask your child to help you to put them in the correct order. As you go you can count objects in the room to help you, when you get to two find something there are 2 of in the room, as a visual representation of the number.

Include 0 as an extra challenge.

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 - Football

Get outside into the park or the garden and have fun getting active. Create a goalpost using sweaters, a pile of leaves or cones. How many goals can your little one score? Can they aim for the corners or get it in from further away.

You could also set up obstacles for them to dribble and weave the ball between. Set up a line of cones (or piles of leaves), and ask your child to weave the ball in and out of them from one end to the other. Can they do it faster? What about going backwards? Get as creative as you like.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Slime

Create a sensory play experience for your little one by making slime. Using contact lens solution, baking powder and PVA glue (food colouring and glitter optional) you can have lots of fun exploring this stretchy and soft material.

Easy Slime Recipe - The Imagination Tree

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 - Float or Sink

See if your child’s favourite toys float or sink, try collecting a selection of toys that you don’t mind getting wet and letting your little one drop them into water one at a time to see what happens. Ask them to guess what they think will happen to each object.

You can even try with other household items, to see what will happen. For example, do you think an egg will float? Why or why not?

When you have finished let your little one go fishing for the sunken objects, get them to close their eyes and try to guess what they have caught.  Then ask your little one to help you dry your objects at the end, use a towel or a peg them on a washing line, as an additional game 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 - Letter Tracing

Get your little one familiar with their letters by asking them to trace them. Write the letters of the alphabet on a piece of paper and ask your child to trace over the top of them using pens, crayons or paint. Can they go over the letters neatly? Which letters can they name?

You can make this more challenging by drawing dots or dashes in the shape of each letter, for your child to join the dots and complete the letter more independently.

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 - Create a Maze

Create a giant maze outside for your children to navigate, you can use chalk to draw the maze, and then ask your child to find the route from one end to the other, they can draw the route using chalk, take a toy for a journey through the maze or walk the path themselves. Promoting problem solving, spatial awareness and perseverance

Preschooler Activity Maze - Hands On As We Grow

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Block Puzzle

Create a simple puzzle using blocks, and masking tape. Tape out a shape on the floor, a square or rectangle is easiest, but you can get creative and try different shapes such as a star or triangle. Ask your little one to fill the shape with blocks, fitting them together like a puzzle to meet the masking tape edges.

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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