Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 7

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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 - Growing

Try creating a flower garden, vegetable patch or grow some plants on the windowsill. Get your children to help you plant some seeds you may have (cress seeds in particular are great as they require minimal effort, and can be planted in cotton wool, but any seeds will do). Talk to your child about how plants need air, water and sunshine to grow. 

Plant your seeds, and watch them sprout, you may want to check on them each day to see how they are changing and growing. You can talk to your child about the fact they are growing and changing, ask them about what they can see. Who will be first to spot a stem or a leaf.

Ask your child what else they think about the plant, for example ‘does it smell?’ (herbs/ flowers are brilliant for this) ‘or how tall will it be’? 

Let your child water the plant when needed, you could use a pipette, a watering can, or a measuring jug to do this. 

If you are using an edible plant, fruit or vegetables (e.g. cress) you can try it when it is fully grown, just be sure to wash to thoroughly first. I wonder what it will taste like?

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Name Writing

Encourage your little one to try writing your name, there are lots of fun ways to do this regardless of the stage your child is currently at.

  • You can start of simply by writing your child’s name using bold bubble writing and simply getting them to colour it in, you can show them the letters, talk about what they are and tell them it spells their name.
  • You can then try asking them to trace the name, you can write your child’s name and get them to trace it, this can be done, outside on the floor in chalk, on a chalkboard, on paper, with a pen, with finger-paint  or even in the sandpit using your fingers to trace the letters in the sand. Or anywhere else you can think of. When they have traced their name several times and are confident with forming some of the letters, you can encourage them to try independently using your writing to copy from.
  • You can also try a dot to dot style of writing, placing a dot where each letter will start, and a dot where each letter will end, it is useful to have the name already written out and visible so your little one can use it as a reference. See if your child can tell you what each letter is as they write.

When your child is confident they can try writing their name independently. Try encouraging them to say what letters they are writing.

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

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Tuesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Obsticle Course

Try creating an at home obstacle course for your child. This can be time consuming but will keep them busy and active for long periods of time, whilst also supporting the development of motor skills, coordination and balance.

Think about the things in your home you can use to encourage your child to move in different ways, you could place cushions on the floor to be used as stepping stones, use a tunnel, or blanket for your child to crawl underneath/ through. You could place objects out and ask your child to weave between them, swapping sides after each one, or place tape down in a line, for your child to balance across.

If you have an outdoor space, you can use that too, try drawing obstacles with chalk for example circles you hop through, a zig zag line to follow, or a x you have to stop on before you can continue, including a section to ride a bike or scooter, or on hot days you could even add jumping in the paddling pool. Be sure to keep communicating, and tell your child what you would like them to do next.

Consider creating a starting / finishing point also.

This can be as simple or complex as you like, be sure to celebrate each obstacle your child completes. You can also get older siblings involved as this will be fun for the whole family.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Hidden Numbers

Using a shallow dish or tray try this hidden numbers game, on a sheet of paper that will fit in the tray write several different numbers. Place the paper in the tray and cover it so the numbers are not visible, you can use things like, rice, lentils or oats to do this easily. Support your child to uncover the numbers using a paint brush, or there fingers, and see if they can tell you what each number is as they find them, start with smaller numbers like 1-5 or 1-10. This can always be extended if your child is confident with their numbers. Including zero can be an extra challenge. 

Easily extend this activity by having separate number cards that depict the numbers in the tray, these could simply show the numeral, eg.5; or could show a number of pictures / shapes, eg. 5 stars. Each time your child uncovers a number see if they can find the matching card.

If you are using picture / shape cards you may need to support your child to count the number of pictures that are there, to see if it is the same as the number in the tray that they have uncovered.

Hidden Numbers - The Imagination Tree

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 - World Bee Day

Celebrate world bee day by creating a simple bee craft, that will support fine motor skills, and foster creativity.

Creating a playdough bee from yellow and black playdough is a simple activity with plenty of opportunity to support communication and language development, by talking about where bees live, how hey make honey, and the sounds they make, you can introduce your child to some new vocabulary.

Bumble Bee Playdough - The Art Kit Blog

10 right and Bubbly Bee Crafts - Artsy Crafty Mom 

https://artsycraftsymom.com/10-bright-and-bubbly-bee-crafts-for-kids/

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Making Honey Biscuits (for children aged over 1 year)

Honey should not be eaten by babies and children under 1 year old

Carry on the bee theme and create some easy honey biscuits, working together in the kitchen can support fine motor development, and support communication and bonding between you and your little one:

Honey Biscuits - BBC Good Food

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 - Musical Statues

A classic party game that can easily be recreated at home.

Choose your favourite songs and simply dance when the music is on, but stop and stay still when the music stops. Try to stop the music at random times to surprise your child.

This will support listening and attention skills, as your toddler will need to listen to the music and pay attention to when it stops. It is also good for physical development, dancing is a good form of exercise, that will help develop muscle strength, coordination, and will increase your heart rate. It’s also a lot of fun.

You can extend this by adding extra simple instructions for your chid to follow, for example, ‘when the music stops, lie down’

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Pairs

Support communication skills and memory development using this simple matching game, using pieces of paper or paper plates. On each plate draw a picture and ensure each one has a matching pair. Lay your plates out flat on the floor, with the writing facing down.

Tell your child they need to look for two plates that are the same. Let your little one turn over 2 plates at a time to try and find a matching pair, this will test their memory as they need to remember where they have found each one.

Use letters or numbers to practice those early literacy or maths skills, alternatively draw shapes or objects and encourage them to name what they see to help support their vocabulary.

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 - Elmer Day

Get creative with this pack of activities to colour, draw, cut and count. There are lots of new things to try, which will support your child’s fine motor, communication and language skills. Encourage early decision making by asking your child which of the activities they would like to do first, or by offering them a choice between 2.

Emler Day Information - Elmer

Emler Activities Pack - Elmer (pdf)

Listen to Elmer - Andersen Press (YouTube)

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Shadow Drawing

Practice fine motor skills by creating some shadow art with your children. On a sunny day you can use toys to create shadow drawings. Try placing toys on the floor outside on a sunny day and encourage your children to trace around the outline of the shadows that are created. You can do this by laying out plain paper, and using crayons, pencils or pens to draw, or by drawing with chalk directly onto the floor. 

You can also encourage your kids to trace around shadows that are already there naturally, caused by plants or trees, for example. 

There are some lovely examples of shadow drawing

How to Make Shadow Art - Kids Activities

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