How do you store supplies such as markers, pencils, paper, and crayons in your writing center? Setting up a writing center in your classroom can be challenging, but with a few simple tricks you can have a fully functional and organized center in no time!
Writing Center Set Up in Preschool
I get asked often why I store crayons and markers in the writing center by color. Each table in the classroom has a caddy to hold crayons so they’re readily available throughout the room and don’t need a separate storage space on the shelf. Inside each caddy are six cups of crayons (mixed colors) and a pencil in each cup.
The crayons and markers in the writing center are sorted by color. Having the crayons and markers sorted this way in the writing center helps when children are using the crayon caddies at their tables and can’t find a particular color. They know exactly where they can find the color they need when they’re sorted by color in the writing center.
This eliminates the constant interruptions of “I can’t find that color!” When they call out for help finding a certain color, instead I ask them, “What can you do to solve your problem?”
These plastic storage drawers pictured above can be purchased at most big box stores. I added labels to the front of each drawer.
The Best Writing Tools
Here are some of the materials young children enjoy using in this center so you can get ideas for setting up your own writing center.
- Lowercase Alphabet Ink Stamps
- Uppercase Alphabet Ink Stamps
- Pasting Pieces
- Uppercase Sandpaper Letters
- Lowercase Sandpaper Letters
- Individual Dry Erase Boards
- Doodle Boards
- Craft Paper Punches
Writing Center Supplies
Craft Paper Punches: Young children love using craft punches to make many different shapes. They enjoy gluing these shapes to paper and drawing and writing about them.
Writing Center Sign: These center signs list what the children are learning in the writing center. You can read more about these signs HERE.
Cutting Practice: This consists of the fronts of old greeting cards. Ask your family and friends collect these for you. Students cut the pictures out and glue them to paper, then write about their pictures. The children are highly motivated to use the cards, it is one of their favorite activities at the writing center and a great way to practice scissor skills. The thickness of the cards offers more resistance; making it easier for little hands to cut.
Clipboards: Students can use crayons or markers to write on sheets of blank paper attached to the clipboards. They can walk around the room and record their observations or copy print, this is another one of their favorite activities.
Dry Erase Boards: Children love to use markers to draw, write, and erase on these boards. You can place dry erase boards and clipboards in stacking file trays for easy storage.
Preschool Writing Center
Alphabet Ink Stamps Keep your alphabet stamps organized by storing them in ice cube trays. Write a letter in each empty space using a permanent marker and the students can match the stamps to the correct space. The students enjoy stamping their names, names of their friends, or words with the ink stamps.
Paper: Students have several different types of paper to choose from. Regular white copy paper, half sheets of copy paper, and half sheets of construction paper so they can make covers for their books. You can read more about this sturdy paper organizer here.
Sandpaper Letters: Place skinned crayons with these sandpaper letters and students can use half sheets of paper to create crayon rubbings of the letters.
Pasting Pieces: These alphabet pasting pieces are always huge hit in my classroom. The students like to glue the letters to paper and spell their names and the names of their friends or even words.
Writing Center for a Small Classroom
Do you have a small classroom? It can be a real challenge to find space for this center in a small classroom. If you don’t have room for it, you don’t need to get rid of this center entirely. Check out my new vertical writing center above!
Creating this area is a super simple three-step process:
- Get an oil drip pan from your local auto parts store
- Attach the pan to the wall in your classroom with screws
- You can find the magnetic containers at the Container Store, but they also had them at the Target Dollar Spot during Back-to-School season
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Posted by Pre-K Pages on Monday, April 4, 2016
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