Looking for some inspiration, how to structure your day with your little one this spring and early summer? In fact, it’s super simple to bloom in the springtime with an easy-to-follow daily toddler schedule!
Give your day some good structure, so you can plan it better and enjoy the springtime to the fullest.
After a dark, cold, rainy and snowy winter, everyone is certainly happy to feel and see the warm sun again. Especially, our little ones, who spend most of their time indoors in the winter. Actually, we all do. But now, the sun gets brighter and brighter, and the days longer. Green grass, blooming flowers and opening of buds. After all, spring brings new life, fresh greens and vibrant palette of colours. When you are a 2-year-old, spring is for sure a colourful miracle with thousands of sensory experiences waiting for you outside to explore.
So, let’s explore together and spend more and more time outdoors!
Editable Daily Toddler Schedule
This perfect daily toddler schedule editable printable is great for anyone who is looking for some inspiration and a super easy template how to structure their days with their little ones (12 – 36 months) this summer.
Created for parents with toddlers ages 1-3, so you can plan your perfect days in the summer. You can create your own perfect daily toddler routine, if our free example template below does not meet your needs.
We included some suggestions to ease your planning too! You can edit easily the fields if you want!
If you need just a sample, use this free simple toddler routine.
Springtime Daily Toddler Schedule
We created it again for our son Aiden, who is now two-and-a-half. He sleeps still between 12-13 hours every day. In particular, he has about 10-11 hours nighttime sleep and 1-2-hours afternoon nap. His day starts usually at around 7.00-8.00 am and ends between 8.30-9.30 pm.
In the spring, in strong contrast to winter, we try spend at least around 4-5 hours a day outdoors. Therefore, most of our activities in the springtime take place outdoors.
Gross Motor Activities
Every day we do at least 180 min physical activities. In particular, there are 12 must-do gross motor activities on our springtime daily toddler schedule. In the wintertime we do them indoors, in spring and summer almost always outdoors.
Our bodies work best when they get some sunshine every day, therefore we take long walks now. Sometimes we go in the park, sometimes we walk on the beach, or sometimes we visit a farm. In any case, try to be close to nature as possible.
Sensory Play and Fine Motor Activities
But spring is not only about outdoor gross motor activities. Above all, springtime is a great season for nature given sensory play and fine motor activities. Digging in soil, sand, arranging flowers, planting seeds, exploring insects, playing with pebbles, jumping in puddles – springtime is the best time to touch, feel and enjoy nature. Ditch the sensory bins, go outside and let your little one explore.
This is also a great time to show your little one that we all need nature to live fully. Springtime is also a great season to start teaching your little one how to protect nature and preserve it.
Practical Life Activities
Don’t forget to include also practical life activities into your springtime toddler’s daily schedule. Include your little one with small tasks in your spring cleaning schedule and let them help you plant few seeds. No matter whether you have a backyard or a small balcony in the city, let them feel the joy of planting a seed and caring for a plant. Herbs, flowers, vegetables, we all know that we need if not instant, then quick results. If you are interested what you can grow within a week check here what plants grow the fastest from seeds.
Early Math Activities
Counting, sorting and estimating like all math activities are always in season and super easy to do outdoors. Visiting a farm is a great way for example to practice counting.
Teach your little one some fun springtime poems and read together outside while having a small picnic. Such language and literacy activities are easy to do and memorable experiences for you and your little one.
Art & Crafts
Springtime is also a perfect season for art and crafts. From easter crafts to painting outdoors, there is so much that you can do with your little one and have a great time.
Benefits of Outdoor Playtime
Science suggests, that the most simple thing that you can do to improve your child’s chance of future health and success is to make sure he spends plenty of time playing outside.
If you don’t have time to ready the whole Harvard Health Publication, here is a short list of the 6 scientifically based benefits of outdoor playtime.
- Sun exposure & Vitamin D absorption.
- Outdoor Exercise.
- Practice executive function.
- Taking risks.
- Socialization in unstructured settings besides school or sports teams.
- Appreciation of nature.
Full-time Mom Schedule
Before, I became a full-time mom, I was working as a full-time tax advisor between 180-200 hours a month. Even though, I did not work for more than 45 hours a week, it was quite stressful job. However, after becoming a mom, for the first 2 years, my job, felt like a vacation to me in comparison to being a mom. Setting up working toddler schedules and toddler routines helped me so much. First, they helped me to survive. Second, they helped me to be more productive and to plan better.
So, here is for more inspiration also my part of the day.
With the right planning and execution, I have about 4-5 hours a day for my work or other things. And that’s more than I even expected after becoming a mom.