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Do you need February Morning Tubs for your preschool or kindergarten class?
Morning tubs are often used as students are coming in and settling in for the day. They engage kids while attendance is being taken, homework folders are being opened and checked, and those types of daily tasks.
Morning tubs are great for a couple of reasons.
- Building Independence: Kids are able to work on their own or in small groups at their table to use their bin(s). It encourages them to self-start and learn/play on their own.
- Socialization: Morning tubs give kids a chance to work together in small groups. They get to share pieces, solve problems together, and even just talk, play, and learn for a few minutes with a couple of their tablemates.
- Creativity and Play: Creativity is something we can build and increase by spending time working on it. Morning tubs are a perfect way to introduce a little more play and freedom into learning rather than traditional worksheets or morning work that kept kids busy but did not encourage creativity and play.
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February Morning Tubs
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Monster Dentist Shape Sorting
This adorable idea is perfect for Dental Health Month. The monster dentist gets to help the monsters find their teeth. We used our shape buttons but foam shapes would work as well.
Candy Heart Counting Jars
These candy heart counting jars are great as is, but for a little extra fun, add conversation hearts. Have the kids place the candies on top of the hearts in the jar for some great one-to-one correspondence counting.
Threading Straws Color Patterns
We are covering AT LEAST 3 skills with this one: color recognition, patterns, and fine motor skills. It’s a BLAST with the straws, but you could also use buttons.
Line Tracing Cards
There are a lot of ways to use these cards. You can trace using a dry erase marker. We also suggest playdough or pipe cleaners for a fun alternative to the normal activity.
Ladybug Counting Puzzles
We’ve included blank cards with these puzzles so you can have kids make their own dots using buttons, black pom poms, or playdough as a fun alternative to the traditional puzzle.
Dinosaur Letter Matching
When you find the two dinosaur track that match you can mark them by clipping clothespins on them or just set the toy dinos right on top of the footprints.
Valentine Heart Name Craft
Cut out, build, and glue your name for a fun Valentine’s Day craft, or use it as a pattern to then build your name in beads.
Dinosaur Clip and Count
Use the clothespins to give the dinosaur some tough scales. Count and clip to match the number on the front.
Valentine Mail Name Practice
We LOVE these adorable envelopes for either the literacy or writing center. Kids can write their names and put their letter in a pretend play mailbox, or you can build names using magnetic letters.
Valentine Measurement Cards
We used these adorable red acrylic hearts but conversation hearts would be fun too.
Line them up on the line. Count how many it took. Compare the numbers of different cards.
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