Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 3

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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 - Mark Making With Bubbles

Children love bubbles , and making prints from piles of bubbles you have blown yourself never loses its appeal.

You’ll need:-

  • Washing up liquid
  • paint pot or plastic mug
  • paper or thin card and paint
  • drinking straw.

Adults cut a little nick in each straw about 2-3 cm from the end; this will stop children sucking the paint by mistake!

Add thin paint into the pot, let the child put a squirt of washing up liquid and mix it.  

Give the child plenty of time to blow through their own individual straw into the pots, until they have raised a pile of bubbles above the top of the pot.  

Children can make the bubble prints themselves by putting a piece of paper on top of the pile of bubbles.  

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Storytime - How to Catch a Star

How to Catch a Star - The BookTrust (pdf)

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

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Tuesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Make Your Own Jungle

You’ll need:-

  • House plants, pebbles, grass, soil, sand and twigs
  • a shallow tray, hanging basket moss
  • small world people and jungle animals

Line the tray with grass or mot, and create an area with sand.  Let the child help by making the jungle by adding trees, twigs, stones and rocks, water in a tin lid, animals, people etc.

Allow the child to play with the ‘jungle’.  Comment on what the child is doing, talk about what animals live in the jungle and what animals need. 

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Read Along - Rumble in the Jungle

Rumble in the Jungle - The BookTrust (pdf)

12.00pm to 12.30pm - Lunchtime

Choose a day...

 

 

 

Wednesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Making Dens and Shelters

Making dens and shelters can help to expand imagination and creativity.  Children of all ages love them and will get enthusiastically involved of dens of all sorts. 

The materials are often very simple and familiar but told children can become very inventive in making temporary or more permanent shelters for themselves or in small world play.

Den Building - Early Years Resources

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Read Along - A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea

A Hole in the Bottom of the Sea - The BookTrust (pdf)

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 - Let's Go Shopping - Prend Play

You’ll need:-

  • Items to go into a “shop”,
  • a bag to put them in (not plastic)
  • and maybe some real for pretend money to make it more fun.

How to play. Put the items out in the “shop” (The shop could be a sofa or a table, or just the floor)

Talk about what the items are as you put them out.  Then say “We need to buy…..” and encourage the child to collect items you ask for.

Praise the child when they find the right one, “Yes, here’s the pen, we needed a pen.”  (Repeating the words, will help the child to know they have got it right).

Make it fun. You could use real food such as raisins or apples.

Start off with one item.  If they are enjoying it and find it easy, ask for two.  Help by saying the sentences a couple of times “We need a teddy and a ball”.

Encourage the child to collect items in the order that you have asked for them.  This helps to develop their memory for words which is vital for following longer instructions.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Read Along, Lulu Loves Stories

LuLu Loves Stories - The BookTrust (pdf)

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 - Hidden Pictures

Stick pictures, photos etc to the bottom of a tray and cover with a thin layer of sand, porridge oats, lentils, flour etc. Provide paint brushes for the children to use to brush away the sand etc to reveal the pictures underneath.

Ensure different brushes are available, ie bigger and palm grip brushes and finer brushes, cotton buds.

As the children brush away the sand, ask them about what they can see underneath, can they guess the picture, can they talk about what they can see, can they describe it to you so you can guess without seeing the picture, can they make sure all of the sand is off the picture.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - What's in the Bag

Create your own ‘what’s in the bag’. 

Use a pillow case and items you have around the house eg doll, sheep, farm animals, star, monkey, boat, spider, car.

Sing...

What’s in the bag
What’s in the bag
Let’s have a look and see
What’s in the bag

 

Miss Polly had a dolly who was sick sick sick
So she called for a doctor to come quick quick quick
The doctor came with his bag and his hat
And he knocked on the door with a ratta tat tat
He looked at the dolly and he shook his head
And he said miss polly put her straight to bed
He wrote on a paper for a pill pill pill
I’ll be back in the morning yes i will will will

 

Baa baa black sheep have you any wool
Yes sir yes sir 3 bags full
1 for the master and 1 for the dame
And 1 for the little boys who lives down the lane

  

Old McDonald had a farm ei ei o
And on that farm he had some sheep, ei ei o
With a baa baa here and a baa baa there
Here a baa, there a baa, everywhere a baa baa

Old McDonald had a farm ei ei o
And on that farm he had some cows, ei ei o
With a moo moo here and a moo moo there
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo
Old McDonald had a farm ei ei o 

Old McDonald had a farm ei ei o
And on that farm he had……

 

Incy Wincy spider, climbed up the spout,
Down came the rain
and washed the spider out.
Out came the sunshine,
And dried up all the rain.
Incy Wincy spider,
climbed up the spout again.

 

Twinkle Twinkle little star
How i wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a dimond in the sky
Twinkle twinkly little star
How i wonder what you are

 

3 cheeky monkeys swinging in the tree
Teasing Mr Crocodile you can’t catch me
Along came Mr Crocodile as quiet as can be
And snapped the cheeky monkey and ate him for his tea....

 

Row row row your boat gently down the stream
Merrily merrily life is but a dream
Rock rock rock your boat gently to and through
Wibbledy wobbledy  into the water we go SPLASH
Row row row your boat up the jungle stream
If you see a crocodile don’t forget to scream
Row row row your boat gently out to shore
If you see a lion don’t forgot to raw
Row row row your boat gently down the river
If you see a polar bear don’t forget to shiver

 

I’m driving in my car
I’m driving in my car
Beep Beep Toot Toot
Beep Beep Too Toot
I’m driving in by car

(In a slow voice)
I’m driving in very slow
I’m driving in very slow
Beep Beep Toot Toot
Beep Beep Too Toot
I’m driving very slow

(In a fast voice)
I’m driving very fast
I’m driving in very fast
Beep Beep Toot Toot
Beep Beep Too Toot
I’m driving very fast

 

Wind the bobbin up
Wind the bobbin up
Pull pull
Clap clap clap
Wind it back again
Wind it back again
Pull pull
Clap clap clap
Point to the floor
Point to the window
Point to the door
Clap you hand together 1,2,3
Put your hands upon you knee

12.00pm to 12.30pm - Lunchtime

Choose a day...

 

 

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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