After blogging about my new morning routine a couple weeks ago, I had quite a few people ask if I would continue to keep sharing the items that I am placing in my morning tubs. Since I just switched to our second round of tubs this week, I thought I would share our items and how it’s going.
In my first post HERE about Morning Tubs, I told you that I decided to keep each group at a tub for 3 days. With 6 tubs, I only have to rotate the activities in the tubs every 18 days. The 3 days at a tub also allows students that may come in late one day to still get a chance to do their tub another day. My students complete their Morning Work at their desks. Then, they may go to their Morning Tub.
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I filled my first tub with popsicle sticks. I gave the students the freedom to use these as they wished. Some have been using them to make tally marks, some have built houses with them, and others have been making their names. I love seeing the creativity of children.
Our second tub is a writing activity. I printed these picture cards with pictures that I had purchased from Shutterstock a couple years ago for my Picture Perfect Writing packet. I placed them on a ring to use for writing ideas. I put these pictures in the tub along with writing paper. I am shocked by how much they love this tub. You could easily find old pictures in magazines to use for this tub.
My next tub is filled with pattern blocks. The students always love using pattern blocks to make designs.
The next tub was kind of a last minute idea. I had some extra rolls of yarn in a cabinet that I knew I wouldn’t use anytime soon. I put these into a tub and am letting the students use it as they wish.
Some have cut out shapes. Some have glued pieces of yarn onto paper to make pictures. One group decided to make a spaghetti dinner. Even though it was a cute idea, it was messy. This tub definitely does not look neat and organized now, like it did in the picture above.
My fifth tub has geoboards and rubber bands in it, which the students love.
My last tub consists of foam 3D shapes that came with our math series. I thought this would be a great way to let them explore with these before we actually use them in lessons.
It’s another great rotation of Morning Tubs. I will come back to share our next round with you in a couple of weeks. Are you using Morning Tubs? I’d love to hear your ideas as well 🙂