Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 2

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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 - Threading

Threading activity to support fine motor development.

Use pipe cleaners and beads or spaghetti and cheerios (or anything similar!) to support threading. Playdough can be used as a base to hold pipe cleaners or spaghetti.  

Threading - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Read Along With Owl Babies

Enjoy Martin Waddell and Patrick Benson's classic picture book with The BookTrust's online, interactive version.

Read Along With Owl Babies - The BookTrust

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

Choose a day...

 

 

 

Tuesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15amWelcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Sensory Activities

Make a simple sensory vehicle activity using everyday kitchen materials! Wonderful for sensory exploration and the development of imaginative role play and speech and language.

You can use any dry materials which you can find in the kitchen such as cereals, oats, pasta, rice and flour. Add vehicles into the play and encourage simple sounds and role play. You can add any small world figures into the play to spark your Child’s interests!  

Taste Safe Digger - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - The Boy On The Bus

Read along or sing along to The Boy On The Bus

The Boy On The Bus - The BookTrust

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

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Wednesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15amWelcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Playing With Sand

Develop manipulative skills

  • experience the therapeutic nature of playing with dry sand.
  • develop language of capacity e.g. full, nearly full, holds more than, less than, the same as.
  • describe and name containers (big, small etc).
  • fill containers using spades, spoons, scoops, hands.
  • find the most appropriate sized spade/spoon to fill container.
  • pour sand from jug into containers. 
  • squeeze, dig, pile, scoop, pour sand.
  • stand, move feet in sand.

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Sharing a Shell

Join a host of different celebrities for a different story read each night just before bedtime (or anytime of the day).

Sharing a Shell - CBeebies Bedtime Stories

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

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Thursday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15amWelcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Mark Making

Use a tray with a fine layer of flour in it with some coloured glitter if you have it to add sparkle and shine, If not flour on its own is fine. Show your toddler how to make pictures in the flour and draw shapes, letters, numbers or pictures.

You can also use a pen or straw to make these patterns or a paint brush, try different household items to see what marks can be made.

Take the activity outside and you can get your toddler to practice their blowing skills by blowing the flour off the tray onto the grass.

Developing Fine motor skills development. 

Making Fairy Dust - The Imagination Tree

 

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Oh No, George!

Read along with Oh No, George!

Oh No, George! - The BookTrust

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

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Friday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15amWelcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Making Roads

Make an easy and playful car driving activity using craft foam road-way pieces stuck to the window or bath tub!

So much fun and a great activity for strengthening shoulder and arm muscles, developing gross motor co-ordination. and learning to work on a vertical plane.

Driving Cars On The Windows - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Hairy Maclary

Enjoy Lynley Dodd's classic story with The BookTrust's online, interactive book.

Hairy Maclary - The BookTrust 

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

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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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