Language and Literacy Center Activities

This Language and Literacy Center Activities pack contains 12 printable learning center activities for preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten. These engaging resources strengthen the following skills:

– Uppercase letter recognition
– Lowercase letter recognition
– Beginning sound recognition
– Ending sound recognition
– Story sequencing
– Visual discrimination
– Visual memory
– Association
– Phonological and phonemic awareness
– Positional concepts
– Fine motor
– Following directions

Please note that these activities must be printed and cut out. I recommend using cardstock and lamination to prolong their lifespan. Pictures coming soon.

PIRATE ALPHABET BINGO GAME SHEETS (COLOR 6/B&W 6) AND DRAW CARDS (COLOR 26/B&W 26)

Provide acrylic jewels, vase gems, mini erasers or some other small manipulative for students to use as markers. Dot markers may be used for the black and white version of this activity.

Working in a small group, young learners will identify the letters on the draw cards, and cover them on their sheets. The first player to cover his/her sheet yells “BINGO”. Trade cards and play again!

ALPHABET PLAYDOUGH MATS (COLOR 26/B&W 26)

Using playdough, children will work to form the letter on their mats. They will also work to identify the upper and lowercase letters on the sides, covering them with small balls of dough. Mini erasers or some other small manipulative may also be used in lieu of playdough.

ROCKET ALPHABET MATCH-UP PUZZLES (COLOR 26/B&W 26)

Students will match the upper and lowercase letters to complete the puzzles.

STORY SEQUENCING ACTIVITY SHEETS (COLOR 6/B&W 6) AND SEQUENCING STORY CARDS (COLOR 24/B&W 24)

Using the sequencing sheets, learners will place the cards in order according to stage. This activity is also a great way to teach ordinal concepts (first, second, third, etc.) The sheets and cards are color coded for easy use and storage.

VISUAL DISCRIMINATION TASK CARDS (COLOR 12/B&W 12)

Provide children with clothespins or a small manipulative to use as markers. Learners will study the pictures on the cards and use their visual discrimination skills to determine which pictures are the same as or different from the featured images. Students will clip/mark the cards accordingly.

ASSOCIATION PUZZLES – WHAT GOES TOGETHER? (COLOR 14/B&W 14)

Students will complete the puzzles according to association. Be sure to facilitate conversation as to why the items may or may not go together.

CUPCAKE MEMORY GAME CARDS (COLOR 24/B&W 24)

Mix the cards up and place them in rows, face down. Prompt students to turn over any two cards. If they match, they keep the pair and go again. If the pictures don’t match, they are turned back over and it is the next player’s turn.

Encourage children to use their visual memory and to “take a picture with their brain” to help them recall what is on each card and where it is. The game is over when all of the cards have been matched

RHYMING SORT TASK CARDS (COLOR 12/B&W 12) AND PICTURE CARDS (COLOR 36/B&W 36)

Learners will say the name of the featured item on the task cards. They will then sort through the picture cards, finding their rhyming partners and placing them on the appropriate spaces.

BEGINNING SOUNDS TASK CARDS (COLOR 12/B&W 12) AND PICTURE CARDS (COLOR 36/B&W 36)

Learners will say the name of the featured items on the task card. They will then sort through the picture cards, finding their beginning sound partners and placing them on the appropriate spaces. Magnetic letters may also be used in place of the cards.


ENDING SOUNDS CLIP STRIPS (COLOR 15/B&W 15)

Provide clothespins, mini erasers or some other manipulative for children to use as markers. Students will name all of the items on the strip, and then clip or mark the two pictures that have the same ending sound at the featured item.

GUMBALL SYLLABLE CLAP & COUNT MATS (COLOR 3/B&W 3) AND PICTURE CARDS (COLOR 15/B&W 15)

Students will say the picture (gumball) name and clap and count each word part. Learners will then place the picture card on the appropriate gumball machine labeled with the amount of syllables.

POSITIONAL CONCEPTS TASK CARDS (COLOR 15/B&W 15)

Provide clothespins, mini erasers or some other manipulative for children to use as markers. Working with a small group, read the task cards and prompt children to mark the correct picture according to the featured positional word.

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Make a Fall Tree Playdough Activity Cards

Make a Fall Tree Playdough Activity Cards

Go out on a limb and SNAP! up this Make a Fall Tree Playdough Activity. Encourage students to choose a learning center task card and create a fall tree by following the “recipe”.

Children will branch out and strengthen the following skills:

– Color recognition
– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Set recognition
– Spatial awareness
– More/less/same concept
– Language
– Social emotional
– Fine motor
– Following directions

Print these 10 activity cards out on cardstock. For heavy use, lamination is recommended. Supply students with playdough, buttons (red, green, and yellow), beads (red, green, and yellow), foam fall leaves (brown, yellow, red, and orange), acorns (real or faux), silk leaves (green), and small bush or tree branches/sticks.


Be sure to facilitate conversation during this activity. Ask your students to describe their creations, and ask them which items they used more/less/same of.

Let the imaginations soar and the creating begin!

download GET THE MAKE A FALL TREE PLAYDOUGH ACTIVITY CARDS HERE.

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Make a Monster Playdough Activity Cards

Make a Monster Playdough Activity Cards

Grrr! Sink your teeth into this Make a Monster Playdough Activity! Students will choose a learning center task card and create a monster by following the “recipe”.

Children will have a wildly good time while strengthening the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Set recognition
– Spatial awareness
– More/less/same concept
– Language
– Social emotional
– Fine motor
– Following directions

Print these 10 activity cards out on cardstock. For heavy use, lamination is recommended. Supply students with playdough, googly eyes, foam triangle pieces, craft sticks, buttons, beads, and fuzzy sticks/pipe cleaners.


Be sure to facilitate conversation during this activity. Ask your students to describe their creations, and ask them which items they used more/less/same of.

Just some ideas – the foam triangles may be used as teeth and horns, the craft sticks and fuzzy sticks/pipe cleaners as legs and arms, or vice versa! But, of course, all of the items should be used ANY way the children see fit.

Let the imaginations soar and the creating begin!

download GET THE MAKE A MONSTER PLAYDOUGH ACTIVITY CARDS HERE.

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