Morning Tubs - morning work that IS NOT busy work

I've talked a lot about my love for Morning Tubs.  Since changing my daily routine and starting the day with Morning Tubs, my mornings have been much more fun for my students and me.  This kind of morning work is way more engaging for my students and gives me the freedom to do ALL THE THINGS I need to do as students enter.  But morning work doesn't have to be busywork.  There are so many math skills that can be reinforced using Morning Tubs for morning work.


Get the most out of your math manipulatives by using them year round as part of your morning work with morning tub tasks.  They are perfect for morning work for first grade and will work for kindergarten morning work too.


We all have shelves of math manipulatives, and we have our go-to resources depending on the unit we are teaching in math.  Once the unit is done, then the manipulative goes back on the shelf.  I stopped putting away the manipulatives and instead repurposed them and continued to them make them accessible to the kids and they love it.


Think about pattern blocks!  Most primary teachers have a collection of pattern blocks on the shelf somewhere in the classroom but only use them during their patterning unit.  However, with a bit of thinking, there are many more ways to use them for lots of different math topics. You might be asking...what else can I use them for?



Use morning tubs with pattern blocks for an engaging and hands on way to start the day.  They are also perfect for math centers and as fast finisher activities.


These are a few of the ways I have used them.  All of these are options in my Morning Tub Tasks for Pattern Blocks set.
  1. Patterning  
  2. Geometry
  3. Symmetry
  4. Spatial Awareness 

Are you interested in finding out different options for many of your math manipulatives? 

I have a FREE SET of pattern block cover-up puzzles you can try out, and I'll share with you everything I know about using math manipulatives to start your day. 

Just click the image below to gain access to this free set and get all the info to make the start of your day easier.


If you want to check out my Morning Tub Tasks in-depth, then I've put together a handy PDF that shares all of the skills addressed using 12 different math manipulatives included in my morning tubs.  Click on the image below to download the guide and to get more information on the morning tubs.


Are you interested in trying Morning tubs for morning work but want to find out what math skills you will cover?  Click here to download a PDF Guide.


Don't forget to let me know how you use pattern blocks or any other math manipulative in your classroom.  I am always looking for new things to try.

Use math manipulatives for your morning work with morning tubs with math manipulatives.  Find out how I use counting bears for morning work and sign up to get a free set of pattern block puzzles.


Until next time,

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