Since I will have a whole troop of preschoolers this year, I am planning to create a homeschool morning basket just for my little guys. I think giving my littles a dedicated learning space will help our day run a little more smoothly and give them something to do and look forward to during our school day. Today I am sharing 7 morning basket ideas for preschool with you if you’re thinking about starting a morning time tradition with your preschoolers.
Morning Basket Ideas for Preschool
The first thing I would suggest you add to your preschool morning basket is a storybook Bible. We use this gorgeous Children’s Bible that I had as a child, but the Jesus Storybook Bible is another popular resource. Just get in the habit of reading Bible stories to your kids. A Bible storybook with lovely pictures is just another bonus!
I suggest you add to your preschool morning basket is nursery rhymes! Whether you choose to focus on one nursery rhyme, or place a nursery rhyme book in your basket is up to you! I always include a poem, nursery rhyme, or song in our Preschool Lesson Plans Based on Books. We also really love Lavender’s Blue and The Real Mother Goose.
File Folder Games
File folder games are another fun way to teach and can easily fit into a morning basket. Here’s a big list of printable file folder games. They do take quite a bit of prep work on Mom’s end, but they can be used for multiple children.
I created a felt board very easily with a large piece of black felt and a piece of foam board cut in half. You can create your own felt characters like I did for our apple lessons, and you can also attach a piece of felt to the backs of laminated characters for the kids to reenact stories.
Picture Books Related to Theme
If you like to plan your preschool around themes like I suggest in My Homeschool Preschool Planner, you an add in some of your related picture books. Preschoolers can look through them independently and you can also read them to your children during morning time!
My kids love puzzles! Add them to your morning basket to help entertain the kids in the mornings while you get ready for the day. We love the Melissa and Doug wooden puzzles and any other wooden puzzles with chunky pieces for little hands. Of course, older children can work with puzzles with smaller pieces.
Morning Time Plans
If you’re the type of person who wants an entire plan made out for you, Pam Barnhill does offer sets of preschool morning time plans. Each plan is ten weeks long and includes ideas for poetry, fine arts, nature study, good books, and more! These plans are seasonal, which is a lot of fun for preschoolers!