Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 6

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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 - Dough Disco

Try rolling, squashing, pulling and moulding playdough to help your little one develop their fine motor skills and support finger dexterity and coordination. Use words like squash, roll and stretch to encourage different movements, or try singing a song.

‘This is the way we ..(squeeze/ squash/ roll or stretch).. the dough,
Squeeze the dough, squeeze the dough.
This is the way we squeeze the dough,
For our playdough playtime!’

You can also try dough disco to add some variety to your playdough play, videos such as this are a great addition to play.

Dough Song, Early Years Emily - YouTube 

If you want to make your own play dough here’s a simple recipe.

Playdough Recipe - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Yoga

Yoga is a great activity you can do together with your little one to promote bonding and an awareness of their own body. Encourage your toddler to focus on their movements and be aware of their body and the way it moves.

Can you listen to your own breathing? Demonstrate simple moves to your toddler, and see if they can do the same. Try this when both you and your child are feeling happy and calm. 

Not only is baby yoga good for encouraging balance and flexibility as well as developing gross motor skills. It can also support sleep duration and frequency, and may be a nice activity to try before naptime or bedtime.

There are some simple moves to try below:

Yoga Moves to Promote Sleep and Relaxation - Twinkl

Yoga on the Farm, Cosmic Kids Yoga - YouTube

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

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Tuesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Things to look forward to

Talk to your child about the things they are missing in the current time and the things they are looking forward to doing in the future and record them for future reference.

At the moment children may feel unsure, sad or confused, by changes to their current routine. They may be missing going to nursery, seeing grandparents or going swimming, and it may be difficult for them to understand why they currently cant do these things. 

Having a simple discussion with your child about how they feel can make them feel supported and allow them to talk to you about they’re emotions. Does your child feel happy or sad? Do they miss going to the park?

Tell your child you are going to think about the things they like to do, you can then write them down and store them in a jar or box. That way you can choose from them when you are looking for an activity to do in the future. 

Each time you are unable to do something you can tell your child you will add it to the jar and you can do it later on. You can also get creative decorating the jar.

Things to Look Forward to Jar - Twinkl (pdf)

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Acting

Act out a story with your child, you can choose a favourite story book or make up a story of your own. As you are reading the story, act out the things that are happening.

You could ask your child to show you how they think a character moves, (would they skip, walk or hop), talks (do they have a high pitched voice, are they whispering or shouting) or feels (are they sad, happy or laughing). You and your child can act out different characters, getting siblings or other family members to join in as well.

This encourages your child to listen to the story carefully and think about what is happening, as well as getting them to talk about what is happening, supporting communication and attention skills.

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 - Draw a Rainbow

Rainbows are on display every-where at the moment, you may see them in windows or displayed on the sides of houses or buildings when you are out walking, or even drawn on the floor.

Using paint, chalk or crayons encourage your children to create a rainbow. You could do this small on a piece of paper, big, by drawing on a patio or pavement outside in chalk,  or could mix it up by collecting, cutting up, and sticking different coloured resources (e.g. tissue paper, feather beads) into the shape of a rainbow.

Simple art activities develop creativity and support the development of your child’s motor skills and concentration.

Have fun creating your rainbow then let your child display their picture somewhere they can be proud of.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Create a Calm Basket

It can be challenging for toddlers to control their emotions, they may struggle to express when they are feeling sad or angry and may need support to calm down. That’s where a calm basket can come in. 

Choose an occasion when your child is feeling calm and happy, and explain they are going to fill a box, bag or container with some of their favourite things that may help them when they feel unhappy or cross. Encourage your child to choose a variety of things they can do mostly independently and that are calming for your child (avoid noisy toys for example).

Things such as a colouring book and crayons, a stress ball, bubbles, play-doh, a sensory toy or a soft toy can be nice to include.

This box can then be given when your child is feeling stressed, sad or worried, parents can model using these resources when they are feeling down as well. This alongside lots of conversation, cuddles and support can help children learn how to deal with and manage their big emotions in an appropriate way.

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 - Early Maths

Create an area for your child to explore numbers, shapes, and sizes. You can use simple household objects in lots of ways to introduce your toddler to early maths,

  • Try providing different sizes of containers (you could use plastic cups, jugs, or tupperwear, and some water. Allow your child to scoop tip and pour, but put a towel down first. Not only is this a nice sensory activity but it also introduces children to different sizes. Try introducing vocabulary like tall, short, wide, full or empty.
  • Alternatively, create an opportunity for counting, using blocks, toys or animals, encourage your child to put the objects in a line and support them to count how many there are.
  • Encourage your child to draw different shapes to practise their fine motor skills too.

Another example of a maths exploration station and ideas of how to use everyday belongings to support early maths skills.

Maths Investigation Area - The Imagination Tree 

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Fishing

This simple fishing game develops motor skills, and helps children develop an understanding of the names of things. Use a washing up bowl or sink to fish for different items. Put different things in the bowl and use a net or a sieve to catch them. For an extra challenge encourage children to pick things up using tongs or a pair of tweezers instead.

To help develop an understanding of names ask your child to fish for specific things, eg. ‘catch the spoon’. You can also introduce colours ‘catch the red brick’.

Or challenge your child to catch 2 things in the order you have said, ‘first catch the spoon, next catch the boat. Encourage your child to talk about what they have done, ‘I caught the..(object)’.

This activity can also be done in the bath, or a paddling pool on hot days.

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 - Role Play

Use a doll, a teddy or small world items (a dolls house/ toy farm etc) and some extra items such as a sponge, a hairbrush, a cup or plate. Ask your child to follow simple instructions, such as ‘wash teddy’, or ‘brush dolls hair’.

You can also try longer sentences, like ‘wash teddy’s arm’ or ‘make doll jump’.

With small world sets you can ask for specific things like ‘put the cow in the field’, or ‘put the doll in the bedroom’.

Make sure you are giving your child time to answer, don’t ask too many questions at once. Between questions try using short sentences to describe what you can see your child doing, to encourage them to listen to short sentences.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Paper Plate Masks

These masks are a great tool for talking about feelings. To prepare for this project, cut some paper plates in half. You can use pens, pencils, paint or crayons to draw your faces on to the plates. If you have them lollypop sticks or straws can be stuck on to the back of the plate to create a handle.

Create different faces, that show different emotions, they could be sad, happy, angry or confused.

You can use these masks when you are reading, playing or acting to encourage your toddler to explore different feelings.

Paper Plate Emotion Masks - No Time For Flashcards

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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Useful links:

Useful Activities