Preschool Toddlers Routine - Week 9

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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 - Create a Lava Lamp

Create a lava lamp by doing some science with simple ingredients from your kitchen.

Activities like this are a fun and easy way to begin exploring science with your little one. They are also a great chance to promote communication skills, by asking simple question, like ‘what do you think will happen?’ you can help your child expand their vocabulary.

Experiments Lava Lamp - Science Fun 

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Create a Story Collage

Cut pictures out of magazines and newspapers, along with headlines, and captions (use your judgment when deciding what’s suitable). Once you have a wide variety, your child can make a story collage ­– they’ll love the opportunity to get sticking, painting, and drawing, and the variety of expressions in newspaper photos mean that you can see some really creative results! Encourage them to use their imagination.

Finally, ask them to tell you the story! This activity can really give you a fascinating insight into how your little one sees the world, and will support communication, planning and imagination.

Alternatively you can use pictures of family, friends or even pets, or perhaps different places you have visited to allow your little one to make the story more personal to them.

12.00pm to 12.30pm - Lunchtime

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Tuesday's Routine

9.00am to 9.15am - Welcome Time

9.15am to 10.00am - PE with Joe Wicks

Get active by trying an at home PE session with Joe Wicks, there is a new session available each day. 

Exercise is so important for children to learn bodily autonomy and awareness, coordination, and build general fitness. Staying active is also good for wellbeing and is a great group activity; the whole household can get involved if they like.

The Body Coach - Joe Wickes (YouTube)

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Making Banana Muffins

Bake some delicious banana muffins, challenge your little one to help you at each stage, get them to weigh ingredients with support, ask them to stir the mixture, or spoon it into cases. (just make sure an adult does the oven parts). 

Banana Muffin Recipe - BBC Food

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 - Pirate Activities

Shark Infested Waters is a classic party game where you need to keep your feet dry and not get eaten by sharks Place several pieces of paper on the ground, placed fairly far apart to act as islands.

Place one piece of paper in the middle as an island, with an empty box on top Give your child a bag of coins (real or pretend).

Get your child to walk around the paper islands, until you shout ‘shark ahoy’! Then you both must rush to stand on the closest ‘island’.

Each round an island is taken away, and if you have multiple players the last to jump on an island has to put a coin into an empty box.

When only the central piece of paper remains, the first person to put their foot on the ‘island’ is the winner and gets to keep all the treasure.

If you want to dress the part, here how to make a simple pirate hat and eyepatch for the occasion.

Make Your Own Pirate Hat / Eyepatch - CBeebies

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Create Pebble People

Using paint and pebbles you can find outside or in the garden allow your child to get creative and paint some pebble people, or animals. Art projects like this are great for encouraging imagination, and developing fine motor skills.

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 - Test Your Memory

Test your child’s memory by setting some simple challenges

Try setting some items out on a tray for five minutes, then covering it and asking them what the objects were. If they guess correctly you can begin to remove objects asking them what is missing, or add an object and see if they can spot which one wasn’t there before.

Another fun option is to play Fancy Dress Hide-and-Seek together – Gather some different clothing items together. Then while one player counts, the other players quickly puts on as many fun items as they can before the counting stops. When the seeker has finished counting they have ten seconds to look at what the other player is wearing before they have to close their eyes again, and try to name some of the items they have seen.

If the Seeker can remember four items correctly, or guess the costume, they win and the player is caught! Not only will this test your child’s memory but will also get them to practice putting clothing on and off, getting them ready to dress themselves in the future.

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Simple Maths, Ordering Numbers

When your child’s getting confident with counting they’re ready to start trying to order numbers – i.e. put them in the right order. Take any opportunity you get to jumble up numbers and ask your child to put them back in the right order. Start with 1-5 then move on to 1-10 when you feel they’ve grasped it.

Activities for ordering numbers: 

1: Toy car park Stick some labels on ten toy cars and number them 1-10. Draw ten parking spaces in a line on some paper/card and see if your child can park the cars in the right order.

2: Number fish 
For this game, get your child to pretend to be a fisherman and try to catch the “number fish” in the correct order from the pretend lake – for this you can cut out paper fish and write a number from 1-10 on them.

What next? 
For both games, once your child has parked the cars or caught the fish in the right order, jumble them up and see if they can re-order them.

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 - Fairy Garden

Every year on 5th June, people across the globe gather to celebrate World Environment Day. You can join in the celebration by making a mini fairy garden, this is a chance to get messy, and tell your little one about how important it is to look after our world.  

This activity is a great opportunity for your children to plan, execute and evaluate whilst having fun and getting messy. Not only that, but this kind of activity provides a different sensory aspect for your children to explore. 

Making a Fairy Garden - The Imagination Tree

10.15am to 10.45am - Snack Time

10.45am to 11.30am - Free Play    

11.30am to 12.00am - Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of being present in the moment and with so much change at the moment, it’s a great way to help your family address any feelings of anxiety.

Cool, calm and collected – here you come.

Try giving everyone their own paper and pen/pencil, sit somewhere quiet, and close your eyes. See if your little one can focus on their breathing, ask them to listen to the sound of their breathing if they can.

Then ask everyone them to think about their different senses. What they can hear? What can they smell, feel, taste? After each question allow them to think about it for a little while before asking the next one.

Open your eyes, ask your little one to write or draw the things they felt and experienced and when are done, let them share their list and compare what they noticed and why.

This helps focus your thoughts on what’s in front of you, and will allow your child to communicate what they experienced with you. Hopefully it will help you both feel calm.

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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