How to Keep Kids Busy During Morning Basket Time

We love Morning Basket time in our house. We gather in our little learning room every morning to read and discuss chapter books, theology, art, music, history and science. Sometimes, we talk about current events or what’s happening in our family. But my kids are 6, 6, and 5, so getting them to listen and comprehend isn’t always easy. So, here’s how I help my kids focus while we read through our Morning Basket. 

Busy Hands and Quiet Mouths

This phrase is my Morning Basket motto. I don’t particularly care what my kids do during Morning Basket Time as long as their mouths are quiet (unless we’re discussing something). So, here’s the list of things they can choose from in our learning space. 

  • Playdough
  • Legos
  • Magnatiles
  • Kinetic sand
  • Duplos
  • Foam blocks
  • Wooden blocks
  • Paints
  • Coloring books
  • Bible timeline tracing
  •  Cutting practice
  • Jewelry making 
  • Magic painting
  • Memory game
  • Busy books

Also, I kept their baby pillows; they’re welcome to curl up on one of those while I read. Suppose our Morning Basket becomes an Afternoon Basket (because life!); they might fall asleep while I read. That’s OK, too. As long as we can all listen together, it’s a success.   

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