While the daily plan will dictate the schedule of activities, you also need a simple lesson plan. A lesson plan for toddlers should include the objectives you would like to meet for the week. Sometimes, it is best to plan individual lessons for each child. For example, your lesson plan could state that you will use playdough with Lauren because she is working on her pincer grasp. Ryan is interested in filling and dumping, so your lesson plan will note that you will provide him with opportunities to play in the sensory table with sand and buckets.
Toddler lesson plans rarely revolve around a theme. Most art projects should focus on the process of making the art rather than the product created. Books should be chosen according to the brevity of the story and its appropriateness in a toddler classroom. Board books and bathtub books are best, as both can withstand rough page turns and toddler teeth.
Keep your daily schedule flexible, yet make sure there is time for routines. For example, be sure to note time for lunch and snacks, diaper changes and potty visits, and time for naps and resting. Toddlers thrive on routine and being sure that these primary care activities happen at the same time each day will provide that.
Be sure to take a look at the sample daily daycare plan for a toddler room. Use this document in your own classroom, or as a guide to creating your own unique daily plan.