Independent and Low-Prep Back to School Centers

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Centers are a HUGE part of a Pre-K and Kindergarten classroom. They allow students to work on a variety of skills in a fun and meaningful way. While I personally love students to be out of their seats working with other kiddos during centers, sometimes we may need an option for independent centers that can be done at their seat (or even at home). These Independent and Low-Prep Back to School Centers are perfect for just that!

*Grab the full pack of Back to School Box Centers or grab our Box Centers Bundle for even more box center fun (including our Back to School Set) at a big savings!

These low-prep Back to School Centers for Pre-K and Kindergarten encourage independence and practice for a variety of skills in a fun and meaningful way!

Independent and Low-Prep Back to School Centers

I’ve been wanting to create centers that could be used in many different ways and would be easy-prep. I also want them to use a minimal amount of supplies. Lastly, they must be effective at strengthening important Pre-K and Kindergarten skills. Enter, Box Centers – these are low-prep centers that can also be done independently. I know what you’re thinking… if every student has their own center, that’s A LOT of materials!

Well, the idea behind Box Centers is that students can use one set of simple supplies (think alphabet or number cards) and have multiple game options! A new pack will be released for each month of the school year. So this means your independent centers will always be timely and engaging.

These Back to School Centers can be printed in color, or to save ink, you can simply print them on colored cardstock.

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There are so many options with box centers that I love! Print the centers in color, or to save ink, you can simply print them on colored cardstock. Laminate game mats or put them in a sheet protector. Then give your students a dry erase marker and they can play the games over and over again.

These centers are designed for ease which also makes them the perfect solution for any teaching scenario.

Match the crayon number cards to the corresponding ten frame crayon box on the game mat.

Independent Centers Still = Choice!

Sometimes independent centers are needed. But even if a student has to be in their seat, I still want them to have choice. This makes Box Centers the perfect option because with one set of manipulatives, students can choose from four different activities!

Each activity works on a timely and important skill. So this means that you know whatever they choose, your kiddos are practicing key concepts.

These centers are a great way to let students have choice and also have some fun with limited supplies and movement.

Pick a crayon number card and fill in the matching ten frame on the Crayon Count recording sheet.

Back to School Freebie!

I’m so excited about this new center option that I want to give you a freebie from our Back to School pack!

This Crayon Box Back to School Center is just one of four amazing sets that are included in the Back to School Box Centers pack.

With one set of crayon cards, students can work on number recognition, number tracing, counting, and 10 frames!

With one set of crayon cards, students can work on several number recognition and counting activities.

Grab Your FREE Copy of Crayon Back to School Box Centers

Ready to grab your FREE set of Crayon Box Centers from our Back to School Centers Pack? Click the large, yellow download button at the very end of the post!

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      1. Hi Desiree,

        I grabbed these containers at my local dollar store. They usually are found in the food storage area. I also use travel soap boxes from the dollar store. They are perfect for our box centers! πŸ™‚

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