Every weekend I try to make a plan of activities for the coming week to start on Monday.
I start with the gauging what my child is interested in (using the “My Child This Week” sheet of the free weekly planner). I fill one out for each of my kids and what they’re into at the moment. I use this as my guide to plan our activities accordingly.
With each of my kids’ interests, I brainstorm 7 activities to do that week. I jot them down on the simple ‘Activities To Do This Week’ planner.
Below is a sample week of fine motor activities.
Get 5 weekly plans of activities for each one year olds, two year olds, and preschoolers (plus a learning one too!)
Monday: Roll out a tube of play dough and pound golf tees into it using a toy hammer. Supplies : play dough (made or bought), toy hammer, golf tees or toothpicks. Here’s how to make homemade play dough!
Tuesday: Stick tape onto a surface. Criss cross over each other. Peel the tape off, one by one. Supplies: tape (electrical or painter’s tape)
Wednesday: Tape cardboard tubes (toilet paper, paper towels) to a wall or the fridge. Drop pom poms through to fall into a tub at the bottom. Supplies: cardboard tubes, pom poms, painter’s tape
Thursday: Keep kids busy with rubber bands, or hair bands. Slide them on and off a can of food, one at a time. Supplies: canned food, rubber bands
Friday: Weave something with ribbon! What can the kids weave? Baby gate, stair railing, clothes basket, cooling rack. Supplies: ribbon or string, something to weave
Saturday: Stick craft sticks into a narrow neck bottle and shake them out again. Repeat! Supplies: craft sticks, narrow neck bottle
Sunday: I spy baggy! Write letters, words, shapes or notes on a piece of paper and put in a large baggy. Add rice on top of the paper. Let the kids ‘spy’ the letters through the rice. Supplies: paper, marker or pen, gallon-size baggy, rice or oatmeal