Do you need January 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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January Morning Tub Activities
Use foam snowflakes, cotton balls, or other small manipulatives to cover the target letter.
Snowy Hole Punch
What a fun way to work on fine motor skills and hand eye coordination as you follow the pattern and punch the colored holes.
Ice Block Counting
Use snap cubes or other blocks to build your tower with the correct number of blocks.
Work on grip strength and shape matching when you make the correct shape from playdough.
Shape Button Patterns
Follow the prompts and create the pattern on each card with shape buttons or foam shapes. Try making your own pattern too.
Snowman Button Colors
Match the correct color button or pom poms to each snowman.
Practice number formation by making the number with blocks or other small maniuplatives.
Polar Animal Shadow Patterns
Match the correct Polar Animal to its shadow.
Beginning Sound Mittens
Super fun way to work on letter sounds and matching them to the appropriate object. Clip together with a clothespin.
Build it Block Alphabet
Follow the visual instructions to make the letter shape with small blocks. Count how many block were used for the letter. Use magnet numbers to represent that number of blocks used to build or write it with a wipe off marker.