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 setting up centers in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom, 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.
My Favorite Center Supplies
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.
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Here are some of my favorites:
- Unifix cubes
- Pom poms
- Clothespins (great for clip cards or use as a DIY paintbrush with cotton balls)
- Shapes (tangrams or 3D shapes)
- Popsicle sticks
- Counting bears
- Ten frames (you can easily print or make your own!)
- Art supplies (crayons, markers, paint, glue, scissors, etc.)
- White boards
- White board marker/eraser
- Alphabet magnets or cards
- Activity mats
- Printables/recording sheets
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