As the weather gets warmer and we begin planning for spring time we enjoy getting outside as much as possible. So why not incorporate nature study into our themed morning basket? Full of tons of amazing bug nature themed resources our minibeast themed homeschool morning basket is perfect for your homeschool morning time!
We are planning to spend the spring homeschool semester doing a minibeast-themed unit study that will be full of all things creepy crawly. We are so excited about the topic that we decided to extend the fun to our morning time too. What could be a more perfect way to kick off spring in our homeschool than spending our time getting to know nature?
What’s A Morning Basket?
Simply put a morning basket is a collection of things that allows you begin your day with beauty, goodness, and truth as a family and is normally placed in a basket. It is a time to bring everyone together to connect before transitioning to the more individualized subjects. Most people fill their basket with books, quiet activities for their kids to do while reading and maybe a quick game. Morning basket can look different for each family, no two are the same.
What Do You Put in A Morning Basket?
The four main catergories of things that we include in our morning basket each month are read alouds, madlibs and/or trivia, hands-on activities, and games. The main reason we include these are because they are Emily’s favorite things and I find I like to start our day by connecting and filling her love tank.
Where Does A Morning Basket Fit Into Your Homeschool Day?
Each morning (or whatever time we start our homeschool day) she enjoys the hands-on activities while I read aloud, then we do either a mad lib or some trivia, and we finish our morning basket time by playing a game together. What’s in this basket might look like a lot but chipping away at it every day for a month or so normally ensures we will get to enjoy it all.
What’s in Our Minibeast Themed Morning Basket?
- Masterpiece by Elise Broach
- Beetle Boy by M. G. Leonard
- James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
- The Cricket in Times Square by George Selden
- The Book of Brilliant Bugs by Jess French
- Big Book of Bugs by Yuval Zommer
Mad Libs and/or Trivia:
- Bugs: Poems about Creeping Things by David L. Harrison
- Bug Off! Creepy, Crawly Poems: Creepy, Crawly Poems by Jane Yolen
- Cricket in the Thicket: Poems about Bugs by Carol Murray
Hands-On Quiet Activities:
- Real Bug Dig Kit
- Paint by Sticker Kids: Beautiful Bugs
- Magic Painting Bugs
- National Geographic Kids Creepy Crawly Sticker Activity Book
- Bugs (Usborne Book and Jigsaw)
- Broccoli Box – Butterfly Sensory Kit (use the code WaldockWay for 10% off)
- Butterfly Wings: A Matching Game
- Bugs Top Trumps Card Game
- Spiders Top Trumps Card Game
- Professor Noggin’s Insects and Spiders Trivia Card Game
- Hive- A Game Crawling With Possibilities
- Laurence King Bug Bingo
Make sure you check out our Minibeast Unit Study for even more creepy crawly amazingness!
Helpful Morning Basket Resources
If you’re just beginning to incorporate homeschool morning baskets into your routine, you probably have lots of questions. I’d love to help you get started with this technique because it has become an important part of our own homeschool journey that we all enjoy. Discover how to use morning baskets in your homeschool and build your own engaging morning baskets too.
- Fun And Engaging Morning Basket Ideas Your Child Will Love
- Absolutely Everything You Need To Know About Homeschool Morning Baskets
- Everything You Need To Know About Homeschooling With Interest-Led Morning Baskets
Join Our Morning Basket Community
We would love to have you join us in the Morning Baskets Facebook Group. Morning Baskets & More Facebook Group is a resource for homeschooling families who wish to add morning baskets to their day. This community is a place to share your morning baskets, ask questions about using morning baskets in your homeschool and get inspiration from others.