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Back to School season is here, and it’s always a flurry of activity! From Meet the Teacher night, to classroom setup, to teacher meetings, and more – there is always so much to do before you start that first day. Building math and literacy center routines is a huge part of the beginning of the year, and it can be tricky to find and prep just-right activities that your kids will love. These Back to School Activities and Centers for Pre-K & Kindergarten are ready to print and play, and will keep your students engaged and learning this Back to School season!
Back to School Activities and Centers
I don’t know about you, but when I start the year off feeling prepared, it feels GREAT! Less stress, and more time to devote to my students.
This Back to School themed pack includes 10 literacy centers and 9 math centers that will help you to save tons of prep time. And since many of the activities are a good fit for both Pre-K and Kindergarten, it means you can differentiate for your kids too!
Check out a few of the activities in this Back to School resource pack below…
Alphabet Tracing Cards
Letter writing and formation are important skills for early learners! With these alphabet tracing cards, students can practice writing both their uppercase and lowercase letters.
These tracing cards are simple to prep and can last for years to come. Just print, laminate, and give your kiddos a dry erase marker to write with.
Shapes are so fun to learn in Pre-K and Kindergarten and we can build on that fun with these simple and engaging shape puzzles.
Print, laminate, and cut the shape puzzles in half to make this hands-on math center that your students will love!
For this color recognition center, students pick a crayon card and color a crayon on the recording sheet to match. OR, as a challenge, pull out the second recording sheet where students pick a crayon card and find the matching color word crayon.
With 2 versions, this activity is perfect for differentiation!
Roll and Color
We love dice games and this Roll and Color math center is sure to be a fan favorite in your classroom!
To play, students roll a die and count the dots. Then they find and color a matching die on the recording sheet (no numbers, just dots). For this activity we love to break out our big foam dice!
This Back to School emergent reader comes with 2 levels making it perfect for meeting the needs of all your students! The first version is a simple label style with fun Back to School words and pictures. The second includes predictable sentences using the same words and pictures as the first book.
To prep, simply copy two-sided (this saves on ink and paper!) and cut in half for two books.
Number Clip Card Match
For this super fun number clip card match, students look at the top number on the card and use a clothespin to clip the matching number from the 3 options given.
This activity is great practice for both number recognition AND fine motor skills as the kids clip and unclip the clothespins.
Even More Back to School Activities…
These Back to School centers are jam packed with even more literacy activities for the start of the year, including:
- ABC clip cards
- Editable name tracing strips
- Name building and learning activities
- Letter identification
- ABC puzzles
- Editable sight word activity
The math centers are sure to be a hit too! This resource pack includes easy to set up math activities such as:
- Counting clip cards
- Counting dry erase cards
- Ten frames
- Number identification
- Beginning addition
Plus, at the end of the file, all of the color items also come in black and white! This helps you save ink – just print on colored paper for a fun twist if you like.
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