With morning tubs not being an option for many teachers and classrooms this year, I knew that many teachers would be wondering what to do as an alternative. There are so many valuable benefits to using morning tubs that remind us why it’s still important to have something for students to do when they arrive in the classroom.
(If you haven’t used morning tubs in the past, you can go back and read about back-to-school morning tubs here!)
The issue with this school year is that many schools have announced that students cannot share materials. This makes perfect sense and it is just something we have to work with for the health of our students, co-workers, and ourselves. However, that presents a big problem when it comes to morning tubs. Typically, activities and materials are stored in bins or bags and students rotate through them, hence sharing materials. Womp womp.
Teachers are always ready to adapt to challenges and circumstances, but you shouldn’t have to do it alone. I wanted to help you out with one of the many decisions you’ll have to make this year. My goal was to create morning activities that
- Are safe for students
- Are easy to implement
- Are engaging and hands-on
- Are easy to use with in-person or remote instruction
My answer to this goal is these Kindergarten Morning Activity sets. I have eight of them planned out. Each set includes 25 activities that are printable-based, print in black-and-white, and require basically no prep. They don’t need to be laminated and there are no little pieces to cut out.
The activities cover basic skills and many incorporate fine motor practice. They will increase in difficulty throughout the year, similarly to my morning tubs. However, my goal is always student independence. I certainly don’t want your kinders sitting there frustrated and unable to start!
Another thing that sets my Kindergarten Morning Activities apart from tubs is that I created instruction slides in Powerpoint. These are highly visual and replace the instruction cards that are in my morning tubs sets.
What about distance learners?
My favorite thing about these activities is that they can be used with all of your students, whether they’re in-person or distance learning. You can forward the files to your students’ families so they can print at home. They’ll love that the activities require no color ink and little prep. They can show their child the instruction slides as well. Although morning activities don’t serve quite the same purposes at home as they do in the classroom, they’re still a great warm-up to the school day!
How do these work?
The three main components of these activities are supply kits, the activities, and the instruction slides. Each day, you’ll pick an activity and make the copies needed. Place them at students’ tables or desks. Project the instruction slide in the front of the classroom. Then, each student will have an already-made supply kit for morning activities.
What supplies do I need?
Here’s a look at the supplies needed. These stay in each individual student’s supply kit and are never shared. Note: the construction paper strips and dot stickers will not go in the supply kits. Instead, you will just hand those out on the days they’re needed.
The activities will only use the supplies in these kits. They may occasionally need replenishing (i.e. the crayons and glue) but my hope is that, for the most part, these won’t need much attention through the year.
As kindergarten teachers, it’s very difficult to imagine a classroom without supplies and manipulatives. I’m crossing my fingers that these morning supply kits will work out well! We can anticipate that there will be kinks that need worked out, just like every year.
Where can I get the activities?
So far, I have two sets of the activities completed. I also have a growing bundle available and I will add the remaining six sets throughout the next few months. You can purchase Set 1 by clicking here, Set 2 by clicking here, or the discounted growing bundle by clicking here.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions!