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Learning Center Activities

Lots of great ideas for creating learning centers (also known as word work!) in general to mostly to Pre-K, Kindergarten, and first graders, but also some ideas for older kids, too! Visit me at, or at my blog at

Learning Center Activities

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Glow Writing: Set up a black light in a darkened spot and give children highlighters! A super fun way for children to write.

Pattern Block Pictures-Read/Write Sight Words-220 words

Pattern Block Pictures-Read/Write Sight Words-220 words-entire dolch list!

Mr. Potato Head Freebie! to go with my mr. & mrs. potato head center where they practice language (parts of the body)! makes it a fun game!

First Grade Garden: New Puppy Pics and Mr. Potato Head Freebie!

Mr. Potato Head Printable: print, mount on magnets. Have kids read directions to complete their Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head!

Mystery words center: write words on an index card with glue and let dry. Place the card in an envelope. Kids rub over the top of the envelope with a crayon and a DIFFERENT PIECE OF PAPER! (This makes it reusable!). Better than a white crayon water color resist because you only prep it once!

Kindergarten literacy exchange= 18 new centers

Beginning blend and digraph sort on a sectioned plate. Great idea! There are 18 literacy centers on this post!!! #phonics

Kindergarten literacy exchange= 18 new centers

Guided reading goods and word work ideas for first grade! I like how the word work is organized in the drawers

Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits: Guided Reading Goods!

Printable puzzles for sight words- this is a fun learning center, and so easy to make!

Sight Word Puzzles to support Sing & Spell Vol. 1

Wide Mouthed Frog Sing-Along, Read-Along Picture book!

New! The Wide Mouthed Frog Sing-Along, Read-Along Book | Heidi Songs

Wide Mouthed Frog Center

New! The Wide Mouthed Frog Sing-Along, Read-Along Book | Heidi Songs

Word Work Ideas (from Kindergarten Smiles) ***love the board/shelf idea***

Kindergarten Smiles: Word Work: Make Your Life Easier ;)

Easy and Cheap Word Work and Word Writing Center ideas.

Easy and Cheap Word Word and Writing Centers

Word Work Ideas and free downloadable labels!

The Message Center: an INGENIOUS way to motivate kids to write to each other! Kids must be quiet, but can pass as many notes as they like with the clothesline attached to their chairs. Too funny!

Keep a cheap camera in your room so the kids can take pics of their tasks during stations. Just hang it at the station and they have someone take a pic of them when they finish a task. This is the "proof" they finished their work.

Word work magnet station made from a car oil drip pan

Spools, craft sticks & Velcro! Great for making and breaking words. Use with words/pictures to make sentences/stories, laminate blank paper and use as a whiteboard to write in missing words. Make sums with numbers. Use pictures of the children and use as counters for games (or use coloured stars, shapes etc.) Many uses!! Literacy and numeracy, English and math, school, activity ideas

Phonics Sticks Clothespin Activity- self-checking fun! #kindergarten

Common Core Literacy Centers: How to Create a Manipulative Out of a Worksheet | Heidi Songs

FREE Valentine's Day Learning Center Activity "CVC Word Poke." Cute! This freebie is in the preview of the TPT product. :) #kindergarten

Pattern block sight words, letters, or numbers! Write words on blank templates. Kids play in pairs--correctly saying each word before they can cover it.

The First Grade Sweet Life: Reading Centers

Sentence Surgery Punctuation Center: laminated unedited sentence strips, bandaid strips for ending punctuation, small round bandages for commas and quotations, tongue depressors to mark capitalization, and ‘Emergency Kit’ paper bags w/ red cross on them (to keep surgery supplies).

Block "people" made using photographs of current children. Wonderful learning center for creative #play!

Wooden blocks come alive with faces of Day Nursery children

Recycled bottle top sentences literacy center. #kindergarten

The Activity Mom: Bottle Top Sentences

Great Ideas on Using Play-doh in the classroom.... keep learning fun! #kindergarten

Primary Possibilities: Play-Doh Fun!

#Alphabet literacy center: clip lower case letters on clothespins onto a strip of paper with the capitals.

  • Wendy Sewell
    Wendy Sewell

    I've always done this with bulletin board borders. :)