BACK TO SCHOOL Fine Motor Busy Bins


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!

The busy bin activities all include fine motor practice which is key to developing little hands that are ready for holding pencils, cutting with scissors, and tying shoes.

They 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.

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Read more about the back to school fine motor busy bins included in this set below.  See examples of the busy bins above.

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.

This product is part of the Endless Themed Fine Motor Busy Bins Bundle.

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.
Cutting Lines – 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.
Number Match – Identify the number in the middle of the card and then place mini erasers on each number that matches.

Extra Supplies & Manipulatives:

The printable pieces of each busy bin are included in the file.  Laminating the pieces is recommended.  The other supplies that are needed for this theme include:

  • play dough
  • dry erase markers
  • mini erasers
  • scissors for kids
  • small buttons
  • ziploc bag
  • hair gel
  • food dye or liquid water colors
  • plastic chain links (or pipe cleaners)
  • pom poms
  • colored buttons
  • kid-friendly squeezers
  • clothespins
  • snap cubes (unifix cubes)

Our Back to School Literacy & Math Centers pair perfectly with these fine motor busy bins!