Reader Sample Schedules: 2, 3, and 4 year olds


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2 Year Old

  •  Jennifer H. said…26-month-old boy (this has been our schedule ever since he went to one nap per day):

    ~8:30 am – wake, eat, have diaper-less time (unless we’re going out)
    ~12:30 pm – lunch
    2 pm – get a diaper, take a nap
    5 pm – wake
    6 pm – dinner
    9 pm – get ready for bed
    ~9:15 – 9:30 – in bed

    After breakfast, and after his younger brother is napping, we have our Bible reading time; if we have errands to do, we do them around 10 am after his brother wakes up and feeds.

    It’s summer, so independent play time is often spent on the porch or on the deck with a few toys and sticks and rocks

  • Cindy said…2 yr old girl (25 months)

    8am – wake up, diaper change, dress, eat breakfast
    8:45-9:15 ish – independent play in room
    9:30 – noon – either errands or we have a play date or go to the gym, park, outing, etc.
    noon – lunch
    12:45 – 3:30ish – nap
    3:30 – snack, book time
    4:30 – 6ish – lately we are watching your baby can Read DVD, then play time with mommy; sometimes we have a play date with other friends.
    6pm – dinner
    7pm – outside to water plants, check on garden, etc. (she has her own watering can so she helps mommy 🙂
    7:30 – bath and get ready for bed, stories, prayers with daddy & mommy
    8pm – bed

  • Mollie Energy said…2 Year Old Schedule

    7am – wake up although she’s usually awake earlier
    8-9 – music and booktime plus 15 minutes of alone time in her room
    9-11am – outings
    11am – lunch and activity time
    12pm – nap
    2:30/3pm – wake and snack
    3:15 – 4:15pm – roomtime
    4:15-6pm – time with mom
    6pm – dinner and bath
    7pm – BED!

  • Dave and Elaine said…2 year old daughter

    8:30 wake, breakfast, dress
    9:30 – 10:30 Independent Play
    10:30-11:00 Read books
    12:30 Lunch
    1:30-3:30 Nap
    6:00 Dinner
    8:00 Bath, pjs
    8:30 Prayers, songs, bed

    That is what is “set in stone”. We also have Learning Time, Outside time, errands, chores with Mommy.

    She has been on this schedule since about 18 months and is now 26 months.

2.25 Year Old

  • melissa said…
    2.25 year old BOY6-6:30am wake-up
    6:30-6:45am booktime
    6:45am diaper change/dressed
    7:30am breakfast
    after breakfast: playtime
    8:30/9:00am: morning activity, usually outdoors to a park, etc…
    10:00am: Snack
    11:30am: Lunch
    12:15pm: diaper change; story
    12:30pm: Naptime
    3:00pm: Wake-up
    3:30pm: Snack
    3:45pm: Outdoor Walk or Indoor Playtime
    5:00pm: Dinner then Family Time
    6:15pm: Bath
    then a quiet time activity in preparation for bedtime routine – Bible story, teeth brushing, prayer
    7:30pm: To Bed!
  • The Greenfields said… 2.25 (26 months)7:15 wake/ milk & booktime in crib
    7:45 up/ diaper change
    8:00 breakfast
    8:45- room time
    10:00- 12:00 (we run errands, go do fun activity, have snack, hard to be precise in scheduling here because it changes every day)*
    12:15 lunch
    1:00 nap
    4:00 wake / milk & booktime
    4:30 up and activity (play outside or watch video)
    5:30 dinner
    6:30 bathtime
    7:00 Praise music dvd
    7:30 stories, songs, prayer
    7:45 ish in bed

    *2 mornings a week he goes to preschool from 9:30-12:30 (he then eats lunch and goes down for nap at 1:30)
    ** we live in the Middle East so outdoor playtime is difficult in the summer because of the extreme heat. We find indoor activities in the morning and after dinner he can play outside because it’s cooler.
    ** he’s still in crib if that makes a difference to anyone

  • Janelle said…2.25 Boy

    7:30 Wake up and drink milk in his room with a book
    8:00 Bath and get dressed (he loves the bath so he spends a lot of time in there)
    9:00 Breakfast
    9:30-10:00 Independent play
    10:00-10:30 Help mom with a chore
    10:30-12:00 Run errands or play outside
    12:00 Lunch
    12:30-1:00 Quiet play with Mom (we usually play with his train set or blocks)
    1:00 Story time
    1:15-4:00 Nap time
    4:00-4:30 Snack time and learning time
    4:30-5:30 Outside play
    5:30 TV time or help mom with dinner
    6:00 dinner and family time
    7:30 Family scripture and prayer and bedtime routine
    8:00 Bed

    We haven’t been following this schedule very well since summer started, but I began this routine when he turned 2 in March and I plan to get back to it when things settle down in the fall.

  • Jessica said…2.25 Year-Old Girl

    7:00 – wake, OJ, TV time
    7:30 – breakfast
    8:00 – free playtime
    9:00 – ready for day, errands, chores, art/craft time, etc.
    10:00 – snack
    12:30 – lunch
    1:45 – 4:00/4:30 – nap
    4:30 – learning time
    5:00 – Daddy is home, schedule is “open”
    6:00 – dinner
    6:30 – Family time, play in yard, take a walk, etc.
    8:30 – bath, snuggle, prayers and bed

    During the school year, my husband is a teacher, the times listed are accurate. During the summer, however…give or take a good 30 thirty minutes

  • Shannon said…2 Year Old Girl (27 months) Summer Schedule

    6:30ish: wake up, relax quietly
    7:00: out of bed
    7/7:30: breakfast & family devotions
    8:00: get ready for the day
    8:30: free play or walk outside
    9:30 – 10:30: Independent playtime
    10:30: Snack and learning activity
    11/11:15: stories with Mom
    11:30 – 1:30: nap
    1:30: chores and training
    2:00: outside play, structured activities, outings, play with friends
    4:00: dinner, clean-up house, free play
    5:00: bath
    5:30: stories, prayers, devotions
    6:00: bed

  • Emily said…26 month old boy
    7:00 wake
    12:45 nap (2 hrs)
    7:00/7:15 bedtime, usually asleep by 7:30/7:45

2.5 Year Old


D & H said…

2.5 year old boy

7:30ish am wake up, get dressed, breakfast

9-11:30am Morning activities (may include independent playtime, playing at park, playgroup, errands, storytime, going to exercise group, household chores, church, etc.)

11:30ish am Lunch, free play if time, story, naptime

1-4ish pm Naptime.

After nap: Free play, sometimes a snack or a DVD

5:30ish pm Family dinner, then clean up and family time or more free play

7:30 start bedtime routine (PJs, song, family scriptures, prayer, brush teeth), in bed by 8pm.

Emily said…

2.5 year old girl

7:10 up for day
7:30 breakfast
10:00 roomtime
11:00 video time
1130-12:00: lunch
1:00 nap
3:30-4:00: up from nap
6:00 dinner time
6:40: bath
7:10: bed for night


Christina said…30 months:
10- snack + milk
12pm- lunch
1pm- down for nap
4pm- up from nap + milk
6:45-7:15pm- bedtime routine (bath, teeth, reading, prayer)
7:15- down for night

2.75 Year Old


Kristen said…

2.75 YO Girl

745 Up, Potty, Dress, Teeth
830 Breakfast, Bible Story
900 Free Play w/sibling
1000 Potty, Room Time
1100 Outside or Play w/mommy
1200 Wash up, Potty, TV Show maybe
1230 Lunch
100 Free Play, Books
130 Potty, Nap
400 Up, Table Activity, Free Play
500 Dinner
530 Family Time
700 Bath, PJs
720 Snack, TV Show
745 Teeth, Story, Bed by 800

Amber said…

2.75 year old girl:

7:30 – wake, potty, breakfast, TV
8:15 – Bible time, potty
8:35 – roomtime
9:35 – gym or run with her in stroller
10:30 – playdate or home/free play, playtime with Mom & “help” with chores
12:30 – lunch
1:15 – free play
1:30/2:00 – potty/nap
3:30/4:00 – up, potty, juice
4:15 – learning time
5:00 – outside play or free play/maybe TV
6:00 – dinner
6:45 – family time, time with Dad
7:20 – bath time
7:45 – stories and prayer
8:00 – bed

3 Year Old


Sarah said…3yr, 2mo girl
745 wake, breakfast, get ready
830 swim lesson
915 park, outdoors
1000 play at home
1200 lunch
130 nap
430 wake, snack
600 dinner
730 bath
800 bedtime routine, books, prayers with Daddy
830 sleep!Stephanie said…

3 year old boy
6:30-7 wake, milk, sometimes watch tv
7:30 breakfast
8 run in jogging stroller
9 independent play if home, or playdate
10 snack
12 lunch
1 nap
3-4 wake up, outside play
5:30 dinner
6pm family time or sibling playtime
6:30 bath
7pm walk with dad
8pm brush teeth, story, prayers, bed

Elaine said…
3 year old girl
8am wake up, breakfast, get dressed
8:30am Sibling Playtime
9:30am-10:30am Homeschool Preschool
10:30-11am Room Time
11:00-12:00 Outside
12pm- Tv Time/Lunch
1pm-4pm Naptime
4-7pm – Play, dinner, Family Time
7pm bath
7:30pm Bible story
7:45pm bedtime

3.25 Year Old

3.5 Year Old

3.75 Year Old

4 Year Old

  • MA Mom said…
    4 year old GIRL7:30am wake up and breakfast
    8:30am playtime with sibling (13mo)
    9:30am activity time with mom
    10:15am snack
    12:00pm Lunch
    1:00pm out and about (errands, playground, park, library, walk)
    3:30pm quiet time (may include nap)
    5:30pm dinner
    6:30pm playtime with dad and sibling
    7:30pm bath
    8:00pm books with mom (sometimes sibling)
    8:30pm bed
  • Kristy Powers said… 

    4 year old

    7:15 or :30 eat breakfast, clean up, get dressed and ready
    8:00 chores
    8:30 reading lesson
    8:45 drive to school (VPK)
    school until 12:00
    12:10 eat lunch with music or audiobooks
    12:45 learning activities with me
    1:15 sibling playtime
    1:45 read-aloud
    2:00 rest time with books
    3:00 snack
    3:20ish roomtime
    4:15ish outside playtime
    5:00 TV Time, free play
    5:30 dinner with family
    6:45 bathtime
    7:30 clean up, brush teeth, pajamas, we read to him
    8:00 bedtime

  • Emily said…4 year old
    Wake 7:00 am/breakfast
    8:00 chores
    8:30-10:00 first part of homeschooling, morning time and math time
    10-12 outside play, errands, YMCA, depends on the day
    12:00 lunch
    Outside play
    1:00 books in bed
    1:30 4 year old nap/rest (some days sleeps some days doesn’t, stays in room 2 hours)
    1:30 7 year old more homeschooling then journaling/rest in room for a bit
    3:30 outside play til dinner
    5:00 dinner
    6:45 baths/showers
    7:15 stories for 4 year old
    7:45 stories for 7 year old
    7:45 bedtime for 4 year old
    8:15 bedtime for 7 year old

4.25 Year Old


Katie {My Paisley Apron} said…

4.25yo boy

6-6:30 wake
7am allowed out of bed
7:45 breakfast
8:00 free play
9:00 learning time
10:00 outside
10:45 free play
11:15 lunch
12:00 roomtime / quiet time
1:15 playroom time on his own
3:00 outside
4:30 TV time
5:00 TV off
5:15 dinner
5:50 bath
6:15 quiet time on his bed
6:30 stories, prayers with parent
6:45-7 bedtime

4.5 Year Old

4.75 Year Old

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