Hello there! Say what? It’s nearly December! I’m back with a third edition of my explore tubs! You can catch up on my preview two posts Set One HERE and Set Two HERE. I am using my explore tubs as a way to make fine motor a constant in our classroom… not just something we work on the first couple weeks of school! When do I use my explore tubs? I have explore tubs as an option during daily five! I assign my students to their daily fives so my kiddos go to explore 1-2 times per week or possibly more if they are a kiddo that needs it! When else could you use explore tubs? A lot of my readers are using explore tubs during option time and morning work!
This edition of explore tubs will be winter/Christmas themed and ALL of the explore tubs I will be share are freebies! Woohoo! Let’s get started!
Tub One: Paint chip match-ups! I absolutely love this fine motor center! I snagged a few larger paint samples and cut them right down the middle creating to large rectangles! I then cut one of the rectangles into much smaller pieces and hot-glued them onto clothes pins! The kiddos will be building up those finger muscles by placing the matching clothes pins to the larger paint sample!
Tub Two: This explore tub integrates some fine motor AND math into one! For this tub the kiddos will have the larger polar bear/ice mat and then numeral cards. You can use fuzzy pom-poms or I purchased these little plastic gems from amazon but Walmart has them as well! The kiddos will view the number on the card and place that many matching gems onto the ice mat! For this explore tub you could use the fine motor pincers but I am having the kiddos use a “scoop and tuck” fine motor exercise. For this the kids will grab on gem at a time and if the number is 6 they will have to keep the other five tucked in their palms and then place all 6 on the mat at one time! This is tricky and will need modeled! This explore tub will be part of the freebies which can be downloaded here!