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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- Pattern Blocks – I love that this set of pattern blocks include picture cards to give students ideas.
- Brain Builders – These are such a simple concept, but the students love making the items on the cards.
- Magnetic Building Sticks – These sticks have magnetic ends to stick to the metal balls.
- 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.
- Brain Flakes – These are so fun to create with. Such a simple idea, but the kids love them.
- Emido Building Blocks – Similar to the Brain Flakes, but thicker and very sturdy.
- Building Block Bars – My students love these.
- Legos – Legos are always a great addition in morning tubs.
- Star Flex Blocks – These are great quality. You may need more than one box of these though for a group of 3-4 students.
- Plus Plus Blocks – The small size of these blocks are great for fine-motor skills.
- 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.
- Mini Erasers – Mini erasers are such an easy addition. You will be amazed at how much your students love just “playing” with erasers
- Play-Doh – Play-Doh is great for developing those fine motor skills that are needed for writing.
- 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.
- 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.
If you do Morning Tubs in your classroom, what are some of your favorite items?