Save time and start the year right with your writing centers all planned out for you! These Back to School Writing Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten are a hands-on and engaging way to get kids labeling, writing, and creating. Your kids will have tons of fun showing off their independent writing skills with these easy-to-follow writing center activities!
Back to School Writing Activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten
In my classroom, we build our center routines early in the year, and then as I change out themes and activities, my students know exactly what to do and I am not spending valuable writing time reteaching routines or giving instructions – that’s a win!
These back to school writing activities can be used in a writing station or add them to your literacy centers. Plus, they’re low-prep and perfect for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and 1st grade!
Let’s check out some of the fun activities included!
Vocabulary Picture Cards
The vocabulary cards showcase common back to school themes: lunchbox, crayons, backpack, book, friends, scissors, glue, and pencil.
The cards come 4 to a page (8 words total). They are intended to be used with many of the activities included in this resource pack. Simply cut them out and laminate them for durability before adding them to your writing centers.
Back to School “Write the Room”
This is one of our favorite activities to use with the vocabulary cards! It is like a traditional “Write the Room” activity, but you can choose how you use it with your students because it’s so versatile.
Set out the recording sheets at a table with the cards in a pocket chart for kids to see and simply record the words, hide them in a sensory bin, or post them all around the room on the walls and let kids walk around with clipboards as they label the pictures.
However you decide to use this activity, it’s sure to be a hit!
Trace and Paste Printable
Work on writing and cutting too with the Back to School Trace and Paste printable. This activity is especially helpful at the beginning of the year when we are working hard on our scissor skills. Plus, it gives students lots of practice with a glue stick too!
Kids trace the words and then cut and paste their matching pictures next to them (using the word cards to help them if needed).
We like to use fun writing tools like skinny markers and colored pencils to trace!
Back to School Story Book
The possibilities are endless for our Back to School story book! You could even send it home as a fun themed writing book for kids to work on writing with their families.
Each page has a vocabulary word for the back to school theme and space for the kids to use their creativity to write a sentence or story around that word. Younger students or very early writers may just write the word several times, and that is okay!
Print the pages double-sided and use the cover page to create a journal. Or you can just use single pages as writing prompts in your literacy centers.
There are even more fun writing activities in this pack including a Mini “Write It!” book and “Write It!” vocabulary strips!
Plus, at the end of the file, all of the color items also come in black and white for an ink-saving option!
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Ready for tons of themed writing fun? Grab your copy of these Back to School writing activities for Pre-K & Kindergarten by clicking the large, yellow button at the end of the post!
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