Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 8

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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



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.


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 - Ballet Moves

Try some simple ballet moves with your toddler to support movement, increase coordination and balance, develop fine motor skills and get some all important daily exercise. Start with simple moves and stretches such as reaching high into the air, bending to touch your toes,  spinning aroundor standing on one leg.

If you want to challenge your little one ask them to really think about the ways they are moving their arms or legs, by showing them how to put them in a specific position. These simple arm positions are a nice place to start and will help support your toddlers control of their body, as they will need to concentrate closely on what they are doing. Be sure to demonstrate clearly and try and persuade your child to copy what you are doing.

Pre-Ballet Arm Moves - Ballet Curriculum

10.15am to 10.45amSnack Time

10.45am to 11.30amFree Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Counting Up and Down

Support your child’s early maths development by encouraging them to count regularly. Counting is important for understanding number names and order. Start by counting from 1 to 5, and once they’re confident with that, move on to 1-10, then 20 etc. There are lots of simple ways to add counting into your child’s daily routine.

1: Songs and rhymes 

Songs and rhymes are great for helping young children learn to count e.g: “1, 2, 3, 4, 5 once I caught a fish alive” (for counting up); and “There were 10 green bottles sitting on the wall” (for counting down). There are lots of songs, stories and rhymes you can try.

2: Steps and stairs 

Count together as you walk up and down stairs while you’re out and about or when climbing the stairs to bed.

3: Rocket countdown 

Ask your child to pretend to be a rocket and count down: 5,4,3,2,1 blast off! Your child can crouch down on the floor, jumping up when you get to blast off.

4: Count toys, blocks, or animals as you play.

If you are building a tower count the number of blocks up as you go.

12.00pm to 12.30pmLunchtime

Choose a day...




Tuesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - Create a Rainbow Suncatcher

Learn how to make a rainbow suncatcher, using different coloured tissue paper and some glue. Simple arts and crafts support fine motor skills and communication, and are something your child can be proud to create. Its also a chance to get messy and have fun.

Learn how here:
Make a Suncatcher - CBeebies

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Bird Spotting

Try looking out the window, playing in the garden, or going on a walk outside; to see how many birds you can spot, allowing your little one to develop their attention and communication skills.

Talk about what kinds of birds you can see, how many there are (can you count them) or what you notice about them, what colour are they? Can you see any in the sky, or in the trees, what about any sitting on a nest.

Here’s a list of some of the common birds you might be able to see:

Garden Bird Spotting - CBeebies

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 - Cardboard Tube Craft

Using the cardboard tube from a toilet roll, or paper towel roll and craft supplies create some different animals.

Try some of examples in the link below or work together with your child to create something from your own imagination.

Creative Cardboard Creatures - CBeebies

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Fun with a Balloon

A balloon is a simple resource, that can be used for a huge range of games and activities to keep your little one happy and busy.

  • Can you kick the balloon?
  • Can you catch the balloon? How far can you throw it?
  • How long can you keep the balloon from touching the floor?
  • Create some makeshift bats and play a game of tennis.
  • Let your toddler try to blow up the balloon, or pop it.
  • If you have more than one talk about the different colours or sizes of the balloons they can see.

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 - Grow Vegetables from Scraps

Try using some of your leftover kitchen scraps to grow vegetables. You can talk to your children about how things grow. Growing vegetables is also a great way to persuade your child to eat vegetables, as well as creating less waste.

Here’s a simple way to regrow carrots

Regrowing Carrots - CBeebies 

This PDF shows you how to try this with other vegetables,

Kitchen Scrap Gardening - Kids Gardening (pdf)

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Tidy Up Races

Make tidying up into a game, by turning it into a race. Test your toddlers listening and ability to follow instructions by setting simple and clear goals, and seeing who can do it fastest. Start small, by seeing who can put the most toys back in the box, or pick up the most things off the floor.

A tidy up song can add to the fun!

Tidy Up Song - Early Years Emily (YouTube)

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 - Make Squirty Chalk

Make some squirty chalk for a different way of drawing.

Supports fine motor skills, imagination and communication. This activity is great as it encourages children to play outside.

Squirty Chalk Experiment - CBeebies

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Make a Fort / Den

Uses pillows, blankets, sheets or a tent to create a den or a fort for your toddler to spend time in. You could also use cardboard boxes.

Work together to plan and build your den and let your child suggest ideas. Using trial and error will challenge their patience and problem solving skills. Can they work out how to get the den to stay standing up?

When you have finished your den you can decorate it however you like, use lights, paper chains, flags or hang up old cds to reflect the light. You can also put books and toys inside, or play music so it can be heard inside.

Your toddler will enjoy playing inside, going in and out of their fort, or just sitting inside with you reading a story. When you have finished playing your toddler may also enjoy knocking it down as well, but make sure no one is still inside first.

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