Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 4

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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 - Fun with Pompoms

Pompoms, or cotton-wool balls can be used in lots of fun ways to support early maths.

Give your toddler pompoms in a variety of colours. These can then be sorted in to different containers depending on their colour. Tweezers can be introduced to support the fine motor skills if you like, using two hands to start with, then trying with one hand when your child feels confident.

It is also a nice opportunity to count with your child. You can find out how many of each colour there are, to introduce your child to numbers.

Colour Sorting Pom Pom Drop Game - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Storytime - How to be a Lion

How to be a Lion - The BookTrust Facebook Page

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

Choose a day...

 

 

 

Tuesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Easy Bird Feeders

With some toilet roll, butter and some bird seed you and your child can make some simple birdfeeders that can be hung outside of a front door, in a back garden or on a balcony. Then you can watch the birds and wildlife that come and visit you as a result.

Make your own look roll feeder - RSPB

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Play and Learn with Where’s Spot?

Where's Spot - The BookTrust (pdf)

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 - Spring Bingo

Spring bingo is a simple game that will encourage your child’s curiosity and attention skills. 

If you have access to a printer you can print some bingo cards using the link below. Alternatively you can draw and colour your own, with things that you are likely to see in the spring, for example, a flower, a bird, the sun. 

When you are in the garden or out on a walk, encourage your child to look for the things on the card, asking them what they can see. If they find an object ask them if they can show you where it is, by pointing or telling you what they have found. They can shout BINGO when they have found everything. 

You can then talk about all the wonderful things you saw. Asking your child questions about the things they have seen is a good way to support memory, and communication skills. 

Spring Bingo Game - Easy Activities for Kids

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Nursery Rhyme Singing Basket

Create a singing basket filled with your favourite nursery rhymes.

Nursery Rhyme Singing Basket - 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 - Stepping Stones

Lay some pillows out on the floor, tell your child that they are going to jump between the pillows, from one to the next, but that they can only jump when they hear a specific sound.

Choose a noise that you would like to use. This could be a toy that makes a noise, a piece of music, or a sound you are making yourself, for example moo like a cow, or banging 2 pan lids together.

Each time you make the noise your child is allowed to jump to the next cushion. This will support listening skills. 

You could extend the activity by making different noises, and encouraging your child to either move or stay where they are. If you moo they can move to the next cushion, if you baa like a sheep they need to stay where they are. 

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Caterpillar Song

Learn a new song about a caterpillar. Encourage your child to sing along and even create some actions:

There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf (wiggle, wiggle)
There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf (wiggle, wiggle)
There’s a tiny caterpillar, tiny caterpillar,
There’s a tiny caterpillar on a leaf (wiggle, wiggle)

He will eat the leaves around him ‘til he’s full (munch, munch)
He will eat the leaves around him ‘til he’s full (munch, munch)
He will eat the leaves around, eat the leaves around
He will eat the leaves around him ‘til he’s full (munch, munch)

A cocoon is what he’s spinning for his home (spin, spin)
A cocoon is what he’s spinning for his home (spin, spin)
A cocoon is what he’s spinning, cocoon is what he’s spinning,
A cocoon is what he’s spinning for his home (spin, spin)

Then he’ll be a butterfly and fly away (flap, flap)
Then he’ll be a butterfly and fly away (flap, flap)
Then he’ll be a butterfly, be a butterfly,
Then he’ll be a butterfly and fly away (flap, flap)

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 - We're going on a Bear Hunt

Choose an object and hide it in an easy to reach place in your home, tell your child you are going on a hunt for the object, e.g. were going on a (object) hunt.

You can then take them on a hunt around the house for the object, in the style of the story were going on a bear hunt, using things in your house as obstacles to encourage your child to explore different ways of moving around.

You could use things such as; uh-oh a sofa, a tall tall sofa, we can't go over it, we’ll have to go around it.

You can adapt this for any object in your home, and can get as creative as you like in moving around, do you need to hop through the kitchen, crawl down the hall, or piggy- back across the bedroom to find your hidden treasure. 

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Read Along, Everybunny Dance

Listen, sing or use actions along, encourage your child to join in by singing doing the actions, or simply listening to this story about dancing bunnies.

Everybunny Dance - The BookTrust

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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