Do you need Bears 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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Morning Tub – Bears Activities
Bear Bus 10 Frame
Time to ride on the school bus! Use different magnet numbers on the bus window. March that number of bears or other manipulatives on the bus.
Let’s get moving! Use bear counters or bear crackers to copy the patterns. Give it a try with your body too.
Bear Jar Counting
How many bears go in the jar? Use bear counters, bear cookies or candy bears to count the correct number to put inside the jar.
Bear Color Patterns
Can you complete the color pattern? Use bear counters or pom poms to complete the pattern. Can you make your own pattern?
Practicing letter formation never looked so good! Trace the letter with your finger and then form the letter with counters, bear cookies or bear candy.
Perfect activity to work on fine motor skills! Roll the playdough to make each shape. Use bear counters to press into the shape you make.
Help your bear find the correct target letter. Cover each matching upper or lowercase target letter with a bear counter, bear cookie or pom poms. Count how many letters you find on each card.
Grab your bears and place the correct color of each bear on the card. Which color has more, which has the least?