Do you have Morning Chaos? Kindergarten Morning Bins to the rescue! Get ready to transform your morning routines with these fun hands-on activities!
Kindergarten Morning Bins
Is your morning routine a bit chaotic? Do you feel like you are wasting the first 10 minutes or so of the day? Do you panic when you realize that you forgot to print out some type of morning work for your students? You are not alone and we all hate it! Many teachers struggle with implementing productive morning routines, but I have a solution for you!
Simply put, our students come into the classroom with a lot of different needs. Some are not quite awake and need a little time to settle in before they start their day. Some students are super social and want to interact with their friends. Teachers need to take lunch count and attendance. There is a LOT to do in the morning? How do we make morning successful and exciting for kids? I have the answer….Kindergarten Morning Bins!
NOTE: Many teachers are choosing to use these as early finisher tubs or during a different part of the day. Generic labels have been included for this purpose.
What are the benefits of Morning Tubs / Bins?
The benefits of morning bins are endless!
- They are hands-on and engaging
- They provide meaningful practice for basic skills
- Students have opportunities to work on fine motor skills
- They provide group and social interaction
- These offer open-ended practice
- They can be used as an alternative to pencil/paper work
- They provide extra practice for previously taught skills
- Most importantly…they make learning FUN!
What’s included in the Bundle?
Each monthly theme will include 21 skills. The monthly skills stay the same throughout the months, but the activities change to provide students with more challenging activities.
- 189 Morning Bin activities
- Color AND Black and White Version Included!
- Simplified Student Direction Cards
- Material List for each bin
- Morning Bin Rules Poster
- Labels for Bins (2 options)
- Teacher Progress Monitoring Sheet
- Some bins included accountably sheets, if you choose to use them
Skills included in the Morning Bins:
- Segment and Blend
- Syllables and Compound Words
- Extra Practice for Tricky Skills
- Counting Sequence
- Making and Counting Groups
- Compare and Measure
- Numeral Identification
- Base Ten
- Math Printing
- Motor Skills
- Social/Emotional Learning
Each month, you will have access to 21 NEW activities that cover the skills listed above! Certainly, these will get your kids EXCITED about morning routines! Furthermore, warm up those brains and start the day with engaging and purposeful activities!
Let’s take a look at each Morning Bin in action! There is no right or wrong way to use these morning bins! For example, you can place all 21 bins out each month and have students work on an individual bin, or you can bring one bin out each day. However, I like the idea of allowing a table group of 4-6 students to work on one bin at a time. This allows them to socialize, work as partners, and learn from one another. I chose larger bins so that I could place all of my manipulatives, baskets and materials in the bins. See bottom of the post for more storage ideas.
Morning Bin #1: Rhyming
For the month of August and September, we will focus on rhyming. First, students will say the name of the picture at the top of the card and clip the picture that rhymes. In addition, an optional accountability sheet has been provided.
Morning Bin #2: Segment and Blend
In this activity, students count the number of letters in each words and clip the correct number.
Morning Bin #3: Identify
For this activity, provide magnet letters or letter tiles. Then students match a magnetic letter to each printed letter.
Morning Bin #4: Sounds
Cover the picture that starts with the specific sound.
Morning Bin #5: Syllables and Compound Words
Say the name of the picture. Clap the syllables and clip the correct number of syllables in each word.
Morning Bin #6: Sequencing
Link your name with letters and links. NOTE: This resource includes an EDITABLE file!
Morning Bin #7: Vocabulary
Each month, students will receive a new set of vocabulary words that are relevant to that specific time of the year. Also, vocabulary words will come with a Vocabulary Chart, picture / word match up and build the word activity cards.
Morning Bin #8: Printing
You can set up the letter formation practice Alphabet Bus Tracers with a variety of items! For example, you can use a toy bus, toy car, mini erasers, dry erase markers or other hands-on manipulative to practice creating the letter on the page.
Morning Bin #9: Extra Tricky Practice
Each month, students will will work on a skill that is a bit tricky and needs some practice. This month, students are working on building and writing their names!
Morning Bin #10: Patterns
Working with patterns is a very important skill for Kindergarten. Therefore, in this morning bin, we are working on recreating a pattern with bears. However, if you don’t have bear manipulative, just use any manipulative that can recreate the color pattern.
Morning Bin #11: Counting Sequence
Students work to put puzzles in order (1-5) and (1-10).
Morning Bin #12: Making and Counting Groups
There are two tasks included in this morning bin. First, punch the correct number of holes in the apple. Then, students add the correct number of beads to the pipe cleaners.
Morning Bin #13: Compare and Measure
Students look at the picture and count the apples. Then they can use play dough to make the matching set.
Morning Bin #14: Shapes
Students sort the shapes.
Morning Bin #15: Sorting
Two activities are included in this set: First, sort pom-poms or other materials, to the correct colored apple. Second, sort the apples by letters, numbers and words.
Morning Bin #16: Numeral Identification
Roll, Count and Cover the Number (1 die).
Morning Bin #17: Base 10
Show the number in a Ten Frame.
Morning Bin #18: Math Printing
Build the numeral with play dough (1-10). Then count the correct number of manipulatives to add to the ten frame.
Morning Bin #19: Add and Subtract
Add more numbers to fill the 5 frame. In short, exposing students to addition by adding more to the ten frame is a great introduction that will set the stage for more advanced math. Conveniently, you can use any type of manipulative for this activity.
Morning Bin #20: Motor Skills
Cut along the lines. Fine motor skills are extremely important, especially as we prepare student to learn how to write. Therefore, this activity had several cutting options, from straight lines to wiggly lines.
Morning Bin #21: Social Emotional
Build the feeling with play dough. In general, kids love play dough and this is a great ways to engage their senses and help increase social and emotional learning. Kids certainly come into the classroom with a lot of different emotions. With this in mind, this simple activity helps them express how they are feeling that day. In short, they can build the emotion they see or they can build the emotion they are feeling that day.
Undoubtedly, The Moffatt Girls Engage Facebook group is a GREAT place for teachers and homeschoolers to share how they are using Moffatt Girls curriculum and resources. For this reason, we would love to have you join! Here are some examples of some ideas that have been shared in the group. Another teacher, Ashley Nicole, has made her space beautiful by using Steralite Bins!
Diana also placed her morning bins in containers from the Dollar Tree.
Similarly, Carrie used heavy duty paper trays from Lakeshore.
Once you are done using the monthly set of morning bins activities, you can remove the manipulatives and place the activity cards and sheets in plastic envelopes. Here is an example:
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