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 learning center activities are designed to be printed (on cardstock) and laminated. This will ensure their use and enjoyment for years to come.

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.

Pirate Alphabet Bingo

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)

Alphabet Playdough Mats

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.

Alphabet Playdough Mats

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

Rocket Ship Alphabet Match-Up

Students will match the upper and lowercase letters to complete the puzzles. Beginning sound recognition will also be practiced with this activity.

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

Story Sequencing Center Activity

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.

Story Sequencing Center Activity

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

Visual Discrimination Task Cards

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.

Visual Discrimination Task Cards

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

Association Puzzles - What Goes Together?

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

Association Puzzles - What Goes Together?

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

Cupcake Memory Game

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.

Cupcake Memory Game

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)

Rhyming Sort Task Cards

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)

Beginning Sounds Task Cards

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. This activity is color coded for easy use and storage.


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

Ending Sounds Clip Strips

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)

Gumball Syllable Clap & Count

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)

Positional Concepts Task Cards

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.

Positional Concepts Task Cards

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Happy, Healthy Me! Science, Math, and Literacy

Happy, Healthy Me! Science, Math, and Literacy

This Happy, Healthy Me! Science, Math, and Literacy pack contains 13 worksheets, 1 emergent reader book, and 9 learning center activities that focus on nutrition, dental health, and hand hygiene. Students will practice the following skills:

– Counting
– One-to-one correspondence
– Number recognition
– Number quantity
– Number Order
– Set recognition
– Graphing
– Classification
– Patterning
– Measurement (non-standard)
– Quantity comparison
– Association
– Story Sequencing
– Writing
– Beginning sounds
– Letter Recognition
– Visual discrimination
– Language/Dictation
– Sight word recognition
– Phonemic and phonological awareness
– Social-emotional
– Following Directions

HEALTHY FOOD BINGO MATS (4) AND DRAW CARDS (25)

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Provide a small manipulative for children to use as bingo markers. Five in a row (horizontally, vertically, diagonally) equals BINGO! While playing, be sure to facilitate discussion about each healthy food shown.

LET’S EAT! FOOD GROUP CLASSIFICATION MATS (COLOR 5/B&W 5) AND FOOD CARDS (COLOR 50/B&W 50)

Let's Eat! Food Group Classification

Print this activity out on cardstock and laminate for heavy use. Be sure to print out multiple plates and sheets of food.

Working with a very small group, provide each child with 5 plate mats and a stack of shuffled food cards. Students will then work to sort and classify their food onto their plates.

Let's Eat! Food Group Classification

FIVE FOOD GROUPS ASSOCIATION PUZZLES (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Five Food Groups Association Puzzles

Print this activity out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Cut the puzzles into pieces. Students will complete the puzzles according to food group association.

YUMMY FOOD SYLLABLE CLAP & COUNT TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Yummy Food Syllable Clap & Count Task Cards

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Encourage children to say each picture name and clap and count each word part. They will then use a clothespin to clip the number of syllables.

HAPPY TEETH TEN FRAME CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Happy Teeth Ten Frame Cards

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Provide mini erasers or some other small manipulative for students to use. Young learners will place a numbered group of items on its corresponding card. As children pick up and place each item, encourage them to say its number name (one, two, etc.).

Happy Teeth Ten Frame Cards

TOOTH FAIRY COUNT AND CLIP TASK CARDS (COLOR 10/B&W 10)

Tooth Fairy Count and Clip Task Cards

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Students will count each set of teeth and clip its corresponding number with a clothespin. To make this activity extra fun, let your students decorate the clothespins with glitter and foam star stickers, so that they will have their own sparkly tooth fairy wands to use!

Tooth Fairy Count and Clip Task Cards

HAPPY TOOTH, SAD TOOTH CLASSIFICATION TASK CARDS (COLOR 4/B&W 4) AND FOOD CARDS (COLOR 16/B&W 16)

Happy Tooth, Sad Tooth Classification Task Cards

Print this activity out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Young learners will study the pictures and determine which foods make for a happy tooth and which make for a sad tooth. Children can then place the items on their appropriate cards and spaces. Note: A worksheet version of this concept is also included in this packet.

Happy Tooth, Sad Tooth Classification Task Cards

FLOSS & BRUSH ALPHABET MATCH-UP PUZZLES (COLOR A-Z 26/B&W A-Z 26)

Floss & Brush Alphabet Match-Up Puzzles

Print these puzzles out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Cut the cards in half and prompt students to match the upper and lowercase letters.

MY HEALTHY TEETH EMERGENT READER (B&W 2/GIRL & BOY)

My Healthy Teeth Emergent Reader

Learners will cut out the pages of their books. They will then assemble them by number order. Teachers should staple them together. Children will then write their names on the covers and color the pictures.

With a small group, read the books together. Prompt students to follow along from left to right, and to point out letters and sight words. Discuss the story and the benefits of dental health.

My Healthy Teeth Emergent Reader

Note: Both a boy and a girl version of this reader is provided.

HOW TO WASH YOUR HANDS JUMBO SEQUENCING CARDS (COLOR 6/B&W 6)

How to Wash Your Hands Jumbo Sequencing Cards

Print these cards out on cardstock (laminate for heavy use). Prompt children to place the cards in order according to stage. These cards are also a great way to teach ordinal concepts (first, second, third, etc.) Tip: To make this activity extra fun for little hands, just hot glue the cards onto jumbo craft sticks.

Happy, Healthy Me! Science, Math, and Literacy

HEALTHY FOOD AND HAPPY TEETH WORKSHEETS (B&W 13)

With these 13 worksheets, students will practice patterning, graphing, comparing sets, rhyming, beginning sounds, and so much more!

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Giraffes Can’t Dance Craft

Giraffes Can't Dance Craft

This giraffe craft is an engaging extension to Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees, a beautifully illustrated rhyming tale about a giraffe named Gerald. Gerald is clumsy with spindly legs and crooked knees.

Giraffes Can't Dance Craft

At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs start to waltz, the rhinos rock ‘n’ roll, and the lions dance a tango that is elegant and bold. As Gerald approaches the dance floor, he is teased and laughed at by the other animals. They tell him, “Giraffes can’t dance!”

Giraffes Can't Dance Craft

Humiliated, Gerald creeps off toward home. Along the way, he meets a wise and gentle cricket who encourages him to listen to the music around him: the swaying grass and trees and the branches in the breeze. Suddenly, the giraffe begins to dance the most beautiful dance. The other animals quickly gather around him, entranced by his moves. Gerald proves that it’s okay to be different, and that anybody can dance – they just need their own sweet tune.

Giraffes Can't Dance Craft

MATERIALS USED:

– Construction paper
Our giraffe template
– Scissors
– Yarn
– Googly eyes
– Pipe cleaners/fuzzy sticks
– Crayons and/or markers
– Glue

Provide each child with a giraffe (older students should be encouraged to cut out there own). Learners will uses their fine motor skills to tear small pieces of brown construction paper, and to cut small pieces of yarn and pipe cleaner. Children will then practice their spatial reasoning skills by placing the torn paper within the allotted space on their giraffes. Finally, they will glue the spots, eyes, tail, and horns. Supply crayons and/or markers, so extra details may be added.

During this activity, make it a point to facilitate discussion about the book’s message, and to have some fun with rhyming (e.g. What rhymes with giraffe?).


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