My Favorite Items for Morning Tubs

Morning Tubs have been a staple in my classroom the past 5 years.  I absolutely love that my students can ease into the morning, chat with each other, work cooperatively, and most importantly, have some fun.  Typically, I have six tubs with 3-4 students at each tub.  I rotate the tubs every 3 days.  (Last year, I had to use individual Morning Tubs due to the pandemic.)

One of the most common questions I get about Morning Tubs is “What do you put in them?”

Here are 15 of my favorite Morning Tub items.

All of the items are numbered and linked below.

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  1. Pattern Blocks – I love that this set of pattern blocks include picture cards to give students ideas.
  2. Brain Builders – These are such a simple concept, but the students love making the items on the cards.
  3. Magnetic Building Sticks – These sticks have magnetic ends to stick to the metal balls.
  4. Kanoodle – If you haven’t tried Kanoodle, you really should.  I even have a couple of these strategy games at home for my own kids.
  5. Brain Flakes – These are so fun to create with.  Such a simple idea, but the kids love them.
  6. Emido Building Blocks – Similar to the Brain Flakes, but thicker and very sturdy.
  7. Building Block Bars – My students love these.
  8. Legos – Legos are always a great addition in morning tubs.
  9. Star Flex Blocks – These are great quality.  You may need more than one box of these though for a group of 3-4 students.
  10. Plus Plus Blocks – The small size of these blocks are great for fine-motor skills.
  11. Zoob Builders – These may be my absolute favorite.  I have given them as birthday presents as well.  They are so much fun, and the students get so creative.
  12. Mini Erasers – Mini erasers are such an easy addition.  You will be amazed at how much your students love just “playing” with erasers
  13. Play-Doh – Play-Doh is great for developing those fine motor skills that are needed for writing.
  14. Guidecraft Interlox Squares – These are fun interlocking squares, but I will warn you that if your students are not gentle, they do break kind of easily.
  15. Magic Magnetic Cubes – I just got these last year and they are a lot of fun.  You will need more than one set for a group of 3-4 students.

You can read more about how I use Morning Tubs in my classroom here.

If you do Morning Tubs in your classroom, what are some of your favorite items?

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