Preschool is all about getting children prepared for kindergarten right? I think we could debate that; I think preschool is about supporting children’s development right where they are at without some looming goal. Of course, we want to help create a strong foundation of skills, and if that’s “preparing for kindergarten” then cool, we are on the same page. In your preschool literacy center, the best way to do that is to offer children ample opportunities to play with letters, play with making marks and eventually writing. Using novel themes like holidays is a fun way to boost interest in your literacy center too. This simple literacy center activity has very flexible boundaries and is designed for children to do it independently which makes it easy to differentiate for preschoolers of varying levels of development.
Gather your materials. You will need some colorful construction paper, some letter stickers, markers, a pencil, and scissors. Oh and I like to use trays in my centers so I am using one but it’s not a must-have.
Start by drawing or in my case tracing egg shapes on the paper.
Cut them out.
Before you place the eggs, markers, and stickers on the tray peel the backing of the sticker sheet off, this helps little fingers peel off the stickers by themselves.
Place the eggs, stickers, and markers on the tray and let them create!
So many literacy skills can be developed – writing.
Fine motor skills with peeling the stickers and letter recognition at whatever level they are at.
And of course, if children are able to, encourage them to make some words; names are always popular!
There is no wrong way to do this – offer up fun tools, engaging materials, and let your students show you what they are interested in, and where they are at so you can better support them right there.