I know lots of Moms wonder what a toddler schedule should look like. I do too. And though I still don't know what the "best" schedule looks like, this is a snapshot of what's working for us right now:
7:00-9:00 = breakfast & free play downstairs. Much of this playtime is "independent," as I'm enjoying my coffee, checking emails and soaking in a few minutes of GMA. (Yes I watch tv/get on the computer while my child is awake. This is my "me time" for the day. sue me.)
9:00-10:00 = gross motor activities/outdoor time. Since it's winter and the temps are often too cold for outdoor play, we still do gross motor activities inside, including basketball, golf, obstacle courses with the tube, etc.
10:00-11:00 = fine motor activities. This can include anything from building with Duplos to stacking blocks to puzzles to coloring. anything to get those tiny fingers working.
11:00-12:00 = lunch, a little more "independent" free play time and then a nap
12:00-2:00/3:00 = naptime
3:00-4:00 = snack time and music/video time. I know they say kids shouldn't watch tv/play anything on the iPad until two years old but Luke loves to play the Seasame Street game on the iPad. True, we only last for about five minutes at a time, but he still loves it so we do it.
4:00-5:00 = exercise time! We normally go for walks/wagon rides now, but as it warms up I'm hoping we can do more interactive playing outside.
5:00-7:00 = "independent" free play while I cook dinner, then we eat dinner as a family, then Luke has playtime with Daddy while I
7:00-8:00 = bathtime, bedtime routine & bed
I do want to note that every day is different. We normally go out for errands/shopping/play dates two days a week, so this schedule ends up going out the window on those days. I try my best to do any shopping/play dates in the morning so we can keep our meal & nap schedule the same. However! I am a firm believer that you shouldn't live your life around a nap schedule. Some days we're busy all day and Luke only naps for 20 minutes in the car. Yes, it's not the most ideal for either of us, but flexibility is the key. I try to follow a busy day out of the house with a scheduled day at home the following day.