One of our favorite times of the day, in Kindergarten, is Center Time. I'm sure you've heard the quote that, "Play is the work of childhood." It's so true. The kids are learning so much as they play each day.
The kids love the LeapFrog tablets. I've loaded these with many of the educational games that LeapFrog offers and there are also simple activities such as drawing, photography, and a video feature.
The Legos are always a hit! I was introduced to the CEO of LeapFrog a few years ago. When we asked him about his favorite educational toy, we expected to hear him talk about a LeapFrog product. His response was, "Legos." They really are the best toy ever invented to instill creativity and problem solving!
The light table has been lots of fun to explore. Kids are always amazed at how much they can see when they put an object on the light table. We use this for science exploration, math, and even have some x-rays that we use with our Pet Vet center.
Who doesn't love painting? We have recently pulled an easel out of storage and the kids have been painting away!
I am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to collecting children's cookbooks. Sometimes, we will get these out and kids can write and draw their own recipes.
The sensory table is an ever-changing part of our classroom. This year we will find it filled with sand, beans, corn, wheat, and water. The kids explore with quantity and scoop sizes, as well as just exploring with our senses.
One of my personal favorite centers is our puppet theater. The kids love telling stories here. We've talked about telling a story with characters, setting, and an event, and the kids are working on their dialogue in story telling right now too.
This is just the tip of the ice berg, when it comes to centers, but it gives you an idea of what a typical Center Time looks like in our classroom.