Deciding on a routine for your child can either be exciting or daunting. However you feel, it doesn’t have to be complicated. In this post, we will break down a daily routine example for toddlers and different ideas of how to keep them busy.
Daily Routine Example
7:30-8:00 AM – Wake up
If your kids are like mine, wake-up time is more like 6-6:30 AM. But that’s alright! Toddlers usually wake up anywhere between 6-8 AM.
People always talk about nighttime routines, but we love a good morning routine for toddlers as well! In the mornings we make sure to say good morning to everyone, do our morning prayer and make our beds.
8:00-9:00 AM – Eat Breakfast and Tidy Up
Breakfast time! This is the perfect time to get your little ones involved in some daily tasks. Toddlers love to help in the kitchen and making breakfast is probably the easiest meal to involve kids in. Some things they can help with are slicing the fruit, cracking eggs, mixing batter and plating.
Kitchen standing towers are perfect for this or check out this article for how to set up a functional Montessori kitchen!
9:00-10:00 AM – Independent Play
Independent play is important as it is fun. It’s a good idea to have a good selection of open-ended toys ready for your child to easily access on their own. This time gives you some freedom to get yourself and things ready for your first outing of the day.
10:00-12:00 AM – Morning Walk / Errands
Getting outside will look different for everyone. During this time, your toddler can accompany you while you run some errands, you can stop by at the park or simply walk and enjoy the surroundings. Going outside has so many benefits for not only your toddler but also for you!
Sometimes the weather can get in the way. If that’s the case, staying indoors can be fun with some crafts and sensory play!
12:00-1:00 PM – Lunch/Rest
This is the perfect time to unwind after a busy morning. Once lunch is prepped and the kids are eating you can sit and take a breather while they transition to the next part of the day.
1:00-3:00 PM – Nap/Quiet Time
At this stage in life, toddlers usually still take naps during the day. Some may be on a napping strike. Whatever your situation, having a set time for a nap or quiet time is so helpful. Not only will it allow them to recharge but it can allow you to rest or get a few more things done.
If your child refuses to nap, it’s a good idea to teach them from a young age how to have independent quiet time. Set up a space for them with soft books, puzzles and other safe toys that can keep them busy for a while.
3:00-3:30 PM – Snack Time
Snack time! By this time of day, your little one has probably woken up. They may still be a bit sleepy so offering a snack is a great way to transition.
Offering healthy snacks will fuel them up for a great time of outdoor play!
3:30-5:00 PM – Outdoor Play
There are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors! Whether it be going for a stroll, enjoying some pool time on the hot days, or playing with friends at the park, it’s always a good time.
Depending on where you live, you may have more cold days or severe weather. This may change how long you spend outside and that’s ok!
5:00-5:30 PM – Dinner Prep
It’s almost dinner time and this is the perfect time to prepare! If your little ones still have some energy after playing outside, get them to help you. Kids love to help and cooking is a perfect way to get them involved.
5:30-6:00 PM – Dinner/Family Time
We love family time! Whether we play a game together or watch a movie, kids love spending time with their family. And what a great way to end the day!
6:30-7:00 PM – Night Time Routine/Bed Time
Bedtime looks different for every family. For us it looks like winding down around this time and reading some books. After that, we will pray and listen to worship music as the kids fall asleep. What does your child’s bedtime routine look like?
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