A writing center in preschool is a must for motivating your students to write for a purpose. But let’s face it, they would really rather play with blocks or in the dramatic play center. That’s why it is so important to provide materials in your writing center that will entice and engage your young learners to visit and explore this center.
Here are some of the tools my students love using the most and motivate them to write.
Writing Center Set Up in Preschool
These are my must-haves for the writing center:
- Lowercase Alphabet Ink Stamps
- Uppercase Alphabet Ink Stamps
- Pasting Pieces
- Uppercase Sandpaper Letters
- Lowercase Sandpaper Letters
- Individual Dry Erase Boards
- Doodle Boards
- Draw and Write Touch Boards (Lakeshore Learning)
- Clip Boards
Alphabet Ink Stamps
These alphabet ink stamps, both upper and lowercase, are perfect for little hands. Your kids will love stamping the letters in their names, the names of their friends, or even words with ink stamps.
Pasting pieces are double sided cardstock squares with letters printed in many different fonts. Kids love using these alphabet squares to make their names, the names of their friends, or words and messages by gluing the squares to paper.
Sandpaper letters, in both upper and lowercase, will provide your children with tactile experiences to help them internalize the shapes of the letters. Young children love using sandpaper letters to create crayon rubbings of the letters in their own names or the names of their friends.
Dry Erase Boards
Dry erase boards are a must-have in every early childhood classroom. Children love writing their names, the names of their friends, or even messages on these boards. They also love using the markers and erasers to make their writing disappear.
Doodle boards are always a favorite in the writing center! Kids love writing and drawing on the boards, then erasing and starting over.
Gel boards are highly engaging for young children, they love to press their finger into the gel and draw, write their names, or practice the letters of the alphabet.
While clip boards may seem boring to adults, to kids they are exciting tools. Children love to put paper on their clipboards and use fun writing tools like sparkly pens with brightly colored ink to write and draw like grown-ups.
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