Centers are such an important part of early learning, but there are so many supplies! It’s hard to know what’s important to have, and what is too much. So I wanted to let you in on what I think are the best classroom supplies for Kindergarten center time!
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Kindergarten Center Time
When teaching the routines for free-flowing centers in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom, it’s important to remember that before students are required to use materials with expectations they need time to simply EXPLORE them. This makes a huge difference with engagement and you will notice fewer management issues down the road.
When it comes to actually setting up your classroom centers, it can feel like the supplies and materials needed are never ending. But the nice part about centers, is that you can decide if you want to be a minimalist or have every supply under the sun.
You can have different cutesy, matching materials for every activity, or you can have a couple of general manipulatives that will work with lots of different center activities. It’s completely up to you!
Plus, you don’t have to spend a fortune to have great center supplies for your students! You can find a ton of manipulatives and center-time tools at your local dollar store.
Classroom Supplies for Center Time
There are so many options when it comes to center supplies, but there are some that I just love to have available for students.
Of course, I love free play, and I think it is extremely important, but for the purposes of this post, I am talking about math and literacy centers.
I like using common supplies that are versatile and can be used for many different activities. For example, kiddos can use counting bears for so many things; patterning, sorting, adding, subtracting, number sentences, color activities, etc.
My Favorite Center Supplies and Materials
- Counting bears
- Linking cubes
- Popsicle sticks
- Magnetic numbers
- Pattern blocks
- Small blocks
- Toob animals
- Colorful bowls or containers for sorting
- Small legos
- Unifix cubes
- Shapes (tangrams or 3D shapes)
- Ten frames (you can easily print or make your own!)
- Pom poms and tongs
- Alphabet magnets or cards
- Letter tiles
- White boards
- White board marker/eraser
- Clothespins (great for clip cards or use as a DIY paintbrush with cotton balls)
- Art supplies (crayons, markers, paint, glue, scissors, etc.)
- Activity mats
- Printables/recording sheets
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