Do you need Zoo 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 – Zoo Activities
Elephant Herd Patterns
Line up those elephants and copy the patterns! Use linking chains, pom poms, to make the patterns. Awesome fine motor practice linking the chains together or using tweezers to move pom poms.
Turtle Shell Letters
Can you find all the target letters on the turtle’s shell?
Cover the target letters with pom poms, playdough or any small manipulative.
What do you see? Use the puzzle pieces on the puzzle board to make each zoo animal.
Hungry Monkey 10 Frame
The monkeys are hungry and need your help. Identify the focus number and place the correct number of bananas in the frame. Use yellow pom poms, mini erasers or clear bingo markers.
Your littles will LOVE using a hole punch to make the holes in the tree trunk.
Lion’s Mane Colors
Your little’s will have a ROARING good time matching the colors to the lion’s mane. Try rolling a dice to place that number of pom poms on the picture. Add tweezer for added fine motor practice.
Gorilla Food Shapes
The gorillas need to be fed and are hungry for shapes.
Match the shapes by placing the correct shape button on each spot.
Help the giraffes get their missing spots! Identify the target number and place the correct number of spots on each one using pom poms, circle cereal or play dough.