What Every Preschool Literacy Center Needs

You know your classroom needs a literacy center, but what materials does it need to have? I created this list of essential preschool literacy center (or writing center) tools and materials to help you decide what to add to yours.

What Every Literacy Center Need

This is the second post in my “What Every Preschool Classroom Needs” series! if you missed the first post,  click here to read What Every Preschool Math Center Needs.

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Letter Formation/Construction Tools

Preschool Literacy Center

Preschool literacy centers need some sort of letter formation/construction tools–like these gigantic magnetic ones! This is a wonderful hands-on way to practice building uppercase and lowercase letters.

 

Uppercase & Lowercase Letter Matching TOYS

Preschool literacy center - letter matching popsicles

My preschoolers LOVED these popsicle letter matching toys. And as a bonus, they doubled as dramatic play center toys when they pretended it was an ice cream truck!  They’re also great for developing fine motor skills since they have to click the two popsicles together.

 

Magnetic Letters

Preschool Literacy Center - letter magnets

Magnetic letters are a fun tool to keep in your literacy center. In my classroom, we had a metal shelf that the students could stick the magnets to! If you don’t have anything like that, go grab a cheap cookie sheet from Dollar Tree and have the students spell words (maybe their name?) with magnets on it.

My favorite letter magnets are the Inspired Thinking Magnetic Letters (seen above) because they include uppercase and lowercase letters, and the vowels and consonants are different colors.

 

Paper, Stationery, and Writing Utensils

Preschool literacy center, writing tools. Paper, stationery, and writing utensils.

Keep your literacy center stocked with writing materials like paper, pencils, various stationary, and more. Preschoolers love to pretend they work in an “office.” One year, I had a parent donate an enormous box of envelopes–the children had so much fun writing letters and pretending to mail them.

You will find that many students love to grab a piece of paper and practice writing words. Do you have a word wall? Perhaps you could challenge them to see how many words they can copy from it!

 

Dry Erase Boards & Markers

Preschool Literacy Center - dry erase boards

There’s just something fun about writing on a white board, isn’t there? Preschoolers love having the ability to practice writing on a dry erase board, and you can find inexpensive packs of them on Amazon, like this set of 12 (seen above.)

 

Fine Motor Writing Caddy

Writing Center Caddy

I’ve also always kept this dry erase caddy in my literacy/writing center. Inside the storage container, students will find dry erase markers, erasers, and fine motor tracing strips–which I switch out according to our theme.

(By the way, I have fine motor tracing strips for just about every theme imaginable in my TPT store!)

Alphabet Books

Alphabet books for your preschool literacy center. LMNO Peas is a favorite!

It’s important to keep books in ever center of your classroom (in fact, a lot of accreditations require it.) You can choose a handful of alphabet books for your preschool literacy center, and rotate them every couple of weeks. Here are some of my favorites:


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What Every Preschool Math Center Needs

Trying to decide what to put in your preschool math center can be overwhelming, especially if you’re starting from scratch. I’ve put together this visual list of tools and materials for your math center to help you choose what to purchase!

 

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SHELVING

Your preschool math center needs ample shelving to store materials. I love these shelves from Discount School Supply, because they’re sturdy and have the perfect amount of openings for storing preschool materials.

 

Sorting/Counting Tools

Every math center needs small manipulatives to count and sort. These counting bears are a really popular choice because students can sort them by color in the included cups.

 

Wooden Pattern Blocks

Preschoolers can explore and analyze geometric shapes, dimensions, and spatial relationships with these wooden pattern blocks!

 

Unifix Cubes

Introduce beginning math concepts with stackable Unifix cubes–a must-have in every preschool math center!

 

Balancing Scale

Preschoolers can learn about weight and measurement with a scale like this one from Learning Resources on Amazon. The price is right, too, at just $15!) In my preschool classroom, I sometimes kept this scale in my science center rather than the math center, but either way, it’s an important learning tool in every preschool classroom.

 

Number Recognition Tools

It’s important to include hands-on tools for number identification and counting in your preschool math center. These peg number boards are excellent for reinforcing early math skills.

 

A variety of Puzzles

 

Add a variety of puzzles to your math center, and rotate them occasionally to keep your students interested in them. I like these wooden puzzles I found on Amazon, and everyone loves a giant floor puzzle like this dinosaur one!

 

Rotational Games & Resources

Whether they’re store-bought or teacher-created (like this By e Bye Fly Game), it’s important to rotate games and activities in your math center every week or two to keep students interested & engaged.

 

Math Center Books

In some preschool centers, I know you’re required to have books available in each center–right? This book, 1-2-3 Make a S’more With Me would be a fun & silly addition to your math center! I’m going to work on a blog post full of books for your math center, so keep an eye out for that! I’ll link it here when it’s ready.


I hope this post has helped you plan your preschool math center! If you are a preschool teacher or the parent of a preschooler or toddler, be sure to check out our Facebook group, Toddler & Preschool Ideas.

Preschool Frog Theme Activity Ideas

Frogs and pond life are fun themes for preschoolers! Who doesn’t love frogs? Okay… my mom doesn’t particularly love frogs. But preschoolers do! And they’ll love learning more about them with the activities in this post!

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What to Read: I Don’t Want to Be a Frog

Preschool Frog Theme - Book

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog by Dev Petty and Mike Boldt is such a fun frog-themed read for preschoolers!

From Amazon: “Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that being himself isn’t so bad after all.”

 

Paper Plate Lily Pads

preschool frog theme art

I love these paper plate lily pads from Keeper of the Memories! This is the perfect art activity for your preschool frog theme.

What you’ll need:
Paper plates
Coffee filters
Green paint
Stapler
Paintbrushes
Color Spray Mist – click here to see exactly what they used

Be sure to check out the full instructions here! 

 

Frog Literacy Center – Letter & Beginning Sound Match-up

This literacy center game is part of the Preschool Frog Theme Circle Time, Centers, & Printables set. preschoolers will love matching the letter frogs to the lily pad that matches its sound! This makes a great independent literacy center, or it could be played as a group during circle time.

 

Stacking Frog Counter Toys

Preschool Frog Theme Counting Toy

Wouldn’t these be the perfect addition to your math center? I love that this toy helps with counting, color identification, sorting, addtion, and subtraction! Find it on Amazon here.

 

*FREE* Frog Life Cycle Sequencing

These free frog life cycle sequencing cards are the perfect addition to your science center! Can your preschoolers place them in the right order? Head over to my Teachers Pay Teachers store to download them for free. 

 

Frog or Toad? Video from SciShow Kids

I love a good SciShow Kids YouTube video! They’re short and captivating enough to hold preschoolers’ attention, and the video above breaks down the differences between frogs and toads. (Tip: The host speaks fast sometimes, and occasionally I will play her videos at .75x speed so younger ones can understand her better.)

 

Preschool Frog Theme Circle Time, Centers, & Printables

Preschool Frog Theme Circle Time, Centers, and Printables by Every Little Adventure  Preschool Frog Theme Circle Time, Centers, and Printables by Every Little Adventure

Grab the full set of preschool frog theme activities over in Every  Little Adventure’s Teachers Pay Teachers store to get frog math centers, literacy centers, circle time activities, fine motor skills activities, and printable worksheets!

 

12 LGBTQ+ Books for Young Children

June is Pride Month, and I thought this would be a great time to compile a list of children’s lgbtq+ books that show that being queer is normal.

BUT Why do kids need LGBtQ+ BOOKS?

Queer kids exist. Kids with queer family members exist. 11.3 million people identify as LGBTQIA+ in the USA, and that number is only growing as it becomes more acceptable for people to be who they are. So if you’re a teacher, you’ve probably got some queer students, or students with queer family members.

This is why it’s important to read diverse books with LGBTQIA+ characters in them. When children see characters that represent them, it’s comforting and can improve their self-image. An article by Scholastic says: These books show kids who are going through similar experiences that they’re not alone, and give children who aren’t the chance to better understand those who are.”

Reading books with LGBTQIA+ characters teaches tolerance  and reduces bullying. It’s just as important for students with straight, cisgender family members to read and know these stories.

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LGBTQ Books for Preschoolers

12 LGBTQ+ Books for Young Children

  1. And Tango Makes Three by Justin Richardson

Preschool LGBTQ Books

2. Love Makes a Family by Sophie Beer

LGTBQ Preschool Book

3. Rainbow: A First Book of Pride by Michael Genhart, PhD

  

4. Pink is for Boys by Robb Pearlman

5. Julian is a Mermaid by Jessica Love

6. Mommy, Mama, & Me by Carol Thompson

7. I am Jazz by Jazz Jennings and Jessica Herthel

8. It Feels Good to Be Yourself by Theresa Thorn

9. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman

10. This Day in June by Gayle E. Pitman

11. Daddy, Papa, & Me by Leslea Newman

12, Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian

 

Can you think of any other LGBTQ+ children’s books I might have missed in this list? Let me know in the comments!