Do you need Earth Day Math and Literacy Centers for your preschool or kindergarten class? Morning tubs are often used as students are coming in and settling in for the day. They engage kids while attendance is being taken, homework folders are being opened and checked, and those types of daily tasks. Math and Literacy Centers are great for a couple of reasons.
- Building Independence: Kids are able to work on their own or in small groups at their table to use their bin(s). It encourages them to self-start and learn/play on their own.
- Socialization: Math and Literacy Centers give kids a chance to work together in small groups. They get to share pieces, solve problems together, and even just talk, play, and learn for a few minutes with a couple of their tablemates.
- Creativity and Play: Creativity is something we can build and increase by spending time working on it. Math and Literacy Centers are a perfect way to introduce a little more play and freedom into learning rather than traditional worksheets or morning work that kept kids busy but did not encourage creativity and play.
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Earth Day Centers
These are the cutest trees with all the different shapes. Practice matching shapes by placing the correct button on each tree.
Recycling Letters Puzzle
Feed the trash cans their correct letters. Sort letter tiles or magnets onto the correct card. Count the number of letters you put in the bin and show that with a toy number.
This pattern activity is so much fun! Practice colors and making patterns by stacking blocks to copy the pattern.
Creating the colorful trees is and fun way to practice completing colors and matching. Use colored matchsticks or pipe cleaners to complete the trees.
Earth Day Sounds
“E” is for Earth! Can you find the correct sound to match the picture? Use a toy letter or playdough stampers for the correct beginning sound.
Watering Letter Trees
Trees an plants need water to grow. And there are letters raining down on these plants & trees. Use marbles to mark the correct letters that match the target letter.
More or Less Numbers
Fill up the trash bins with the one more or one less of the numbers shown. Crumpling up the paper is also a great fine motor skill!
Planting Trees Counting
Pretty little trees! Use playdough or wet sand and place plastic trees in the ground to match the number shown.