Do you need May 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. Additionally, 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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MAY MORNING TUBS PRESCHOOOL
Leaf Munch Counting
Combine all the fun of fine motor with counting in this awesome hands-on activity. Use a hole punch and some storytelling to turn this activity into caterpillar snack time.
Monster Alphabet Find
Give your kids a different kind of monster hunt… the alphabet kind. Use buttons, markers or crackers to cover up the matching letters in this game.
Use shapes to build patterns. To practice this early math skill we are building hives for bees using our pattern blocks.
Build It Patterns
Build and continue color patterns with this simple activity. Use snap cubes or other blocks or legos to create the patterns.
Bug Cookie Counting
Join this hungry bug on a counting adventure as he fills his cookie jar. Make your cookies out of playdough, buttons or pom poms, or use the real thing.
Practice pattern copying along with some fine motor and sensory fun for this awesome activity.
Work on grip strength with this clip and count caterpillar building activity. We used pom poms on our clothespins, but you could alternately use buttons.
Ladybug Number Order
Can you line the ladybugs up in the correct number order? This activity is perfect to work on early math skills while getting some fine motor practice.
Practice symmetry and shapes simultaneously in this fun activity. We used clothespins to attach the missing half of the shape, but you could also use velcro dots or clothespins.
How many different ways can you make your letters? We did them in buttons, but you could also do playdough, pipe cleaners or a dry erase marker.
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I love these morning tubs! I want to get the May one for my Kindergarten class to start the year off but do you think my kinders would benefit from the whole bundle? I am afraid some of the earlier months may be a little too low for them but maybe not since we are not going back to school this year and my kinders may be on the low side coming on. Also, where did you get the cute monster buttons? I want some!!
The alphabet activities and fine motor skills are always good for kinder kids. The counting activities will probably be a little low for your kiddos later in the year, but you can always draw a number 1 in front to make them a teen number or add an addition element to it. It’s totally up to you. With the growing bundle where it is right now if you were to buy just 4 of the Tub sets it would be worth it to buy the whole bundle because you get the other 8 for free.