Prepping to go back to school? You have everything ready, but what will your kiddos do when they come in each morning? Drop off time can be a difficult transition between morning welcome work time and circle time and then moving into centers.
The easy answer — our extremely low prep back to school fine motor busy bins!
Intentionally add fine motor practice to your classroom each day!
These busy bins are set up as completely independent morning work tub activities for pre-k. The busy bins are also perfect to use with younger preschoolers during circle and small group time.
The back to school fine motor busy bins are the first set in our ENDLESS Themed Fine Motor Busy Bins Bundle
Print and prep the fine motor busy bins, and store them in small storage containers with lids (mine are from Walmart). Switch out the 12 activities each time you switch themes. Easy peasy!
What is a busy bin exactly?
A busy bin is similar to a busy bag activity. You put the activity together and store it in a bin to be used over and over again. Busy bins are reusable learning activities – prep once and play forever!
Each fine motor busy bin activity comes with an instruction page and labels.
BACK TO SCHOOL FINE MOTOR BUSY BINS:
Snap Cube Count
- Snap together the correct amount of snap cubes using the cards as a resource to double check counting skills and 1:1 correspondence.
Button Color Jars
- Sort the buttons by color and add them one by one to the correct colored jar.
Shape Clip Cards
- Use clothespins to choose the correct match to the shape at the top of the card.
Pom Pom Pictures
- Add the correct color pom poms to the dots on the picture with kid-friendly squeezers until all of the dots are filled.
Number Puzzles (1-5)
- Put the puzzles back together in the correct order using the numbers on the pieces and the pictures as clues.
ABC Play Dough Mats
- Pinch and roll out play dough to form the uppercase letters on the play dough mats.
Linking Number Crayons
- Identify and match the numbers on the crayon boxes and crayons together using a plastic chain link or pipe cleaner.
Squish Bag Writing
- Put together quick squish writing "tablets" and practice writing the letters with your finger.
Follow the Path
- Use small buttons or beads to follow the dotted line path from the pencil to the pencil box by placing them one by one in a row.
- Cut on the lines from the edge of the paper to the picture, but be sure to stop there!
Pre-writing Trace Cards
- Use dry erase markers to trace the tracing lines from the black dot to the lined paper.
- Identify the number in the middle of the card and then place mini erasers on each number that matches.