Do you need August Morning Tubs for your 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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Kindergarten Morning Tub Activities – August
Bust Stop Subtraction
How may people are getting off of the bus? Use people counters or and small manipulatives to solve the subtraction problem. Use magnet number to show the answer or write it with a dry erase marker.
Such a fun way to practice building letters! Use linking chains to make the letters formation. Practice copying the color patterns too.
Game Show Addition
We love games and games that involve learning are bonus! Use a spinner to determine the number to add to apply to the addition problem. Place plastic numbers to show that number and the answer to the problem.
Missing Stick Patterns
Can you guess what comes next? Use colored matchsticks, toothpicks or craft sticks to create the pattern on each card. Kick it up a level and create your own patterns too!
CVC Word Puzzles
Another great way to practice CVC words. Look at the picture on the card as a visual clue and find the rest of the word to connect the puzzle.
Can you get a BINGO? Have a teacher or parent call out the shapes. Use shape buttons to cover up each shape shown. Play 3 in a row, diagonal, or the entire board!
More Than Less Than Jars
It’s time to fill and empty the jars. Count and add the numbers on the dice. Use small items to add one more or one less of the number on the dice.
Place Value Coins
Counting money is the perfect activity for working on place value. Identify the target numbers shown and use pretend or real coins to fill the piggy bank correctly.
Paper Clip Measurement
Using paper clips, connect them to measure each line. Place a magnet number to match the number of clip used. Compare, which one is shorter and which one is longer.
Dough Color Sort
Practicing color words never looked so fun! Use matching playdough to form and build the color word shown. Go hunting for small objects that match your color word to place in the circles.