What You Need In Your Learning Centers


With my experience in childcare, I have come up with what you should have in your learning centers for home or the classroom. Don’t forget It takes some time to add to your collection. If I forgot to mention anything let me know.

Science Center

  • Magnifying glass
  • Bug catchers
  • Magnet wands
  • Magnet rocks
  • Plastic bugs
  • Skeleton books (Our Body or Animals)
  • Test tubes
  • Tweezers
  • Goggles
  • View master
  • Mixing color
  • Create your own book (Here’s Our Seed Book)
  • Rocks and shells
  • Life cycle
  • Sand and Water Tables (very important for this center)
  • Pin Art (the kids love these things)

Reading Center

  • Puppets
  • Felt board and magnet stories (you can make them yourself)
  • CD books
  • PVC phone (helps them hear the sounds)
  • Highlights or any other magazines
  • Glove puppet stories
  • Of course tons of books (all kinds)
  • Leapfrog books (My kids love these)

Math Center

  • Playing Cards
  • Learning Clock
  • Reusable number writing books
  • Math Flash Cards
  • Pattern Bears
  • Sorting Bears
  • Scale
  • Counting Chain Links
  • 3D Shapes
  • Counting Cubes
  • Rulers
  • Shape Matching
  • Number Puzzles
  • Cash Register (Family Favorite)

Writing Center

  • Reusable Alphabet Boards
  • Stencils
  • Pencils
  • Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils
  • Different kinds of Paper
  • Chalk Board and White Boards
  • Clip Boards
  • Letter Stamps
  • Drawing Characters and Settings for their Stories idea pack
  • Magnetic Drawing Boards

Fine Motor Center

  • Puzzles
  • Lacing
  • Hole Punch
  • Crazy Scissors
  • Beading
  • Tinker Toys
  • Kids Lock Box (You can make a lock wall with lots of different locks)
  • Play dough and Modeling Clay
  • Shoe Tying

Gross Motor Center

  • Lots of different size Balls
  • Cones (other than relay races, you can ring toss with them)
  • Bubbles
  • Jump ropes
  • Hula Hoops
  • Bean Bags (For those rainy days you’re stuck inside)
  • Side Walk Chalk (Hopscotch is fun)
  • Parachute (The boys love bouncing balls in the parachute and you can play, ‘Ring Around the Rosie’)

Art Center (Small Sample of Art Supplies, This is really can be an endless list)

  • Different Size Paper
  • Scissors
  • Glitter Glue
  • Glue sticks and Bottles
  • Paints (washable and water color)
  • Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils
  • Stamps and Stickers
  • Pipe Cleaners and Pom Poms
  • Googly Eyes


We love games and they work great and all the different centers I mentioned above. Also it is great to have little notebooks and pencils in each of these centers. Get your FREE printable checklist >>HERE<< I hope you enjoyed. Also you can stop by and get lots of work activities for you kids >>HERE<< Love ya, Mary xoxo P.S. Sorry for our messy game closet, we go through it everyday!!



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