Kindergarten Winter Literacy Centers

Hello!

Today I have some fun literacy centers that are easy to set up and your students will think you have created something amazing! I have also included a free printable you can use with one of the writing center ideas. Let's get into it! 

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 This salt tray center is so easy to set-up, all you need is salt and a tray. I used the lids from tin cookie boxes. A box of salt is inexpensive at the grocery store and all you need is enough to cover the top of the tray. I put out vocab cards with winter words (see the end of the post for the set I used) so if they wanted to they could practise more complex words. For lower students they could draw letters in the salt instead. 

This salt tray center is so easy to set-up, all you need is salt and a tray. I used the lids from tin cookie boxes. A box of salt is inexpensive at the grocery store and all you need is enough to cover the top of the tray. I put out vocab cards with winter words (see the end of the post for the set I used) so if they wanted to they could practise more complex words. For lower students they could draw letters in the salt instead. 

 I put out different materials for this letter building center so students had different materials to explore and try to make letters with. The glitter balls actually worked well in this center because the salt created a base so they couldn't roll around. You can find similar glittery styrofoam balls  here  on Amazon. 

I put out different materials for this letter building center so students had different materials to explore and try to make letters with. The glitter balls actually worked well in this center because the salt created a base so they couldn't roll around. You can find similar glittery styrofoam balls here on Amazon. 

 These gems were more challenging to make letters with as the shapes did not fit together perfectly but I liked the fine motor aspect of both types of materials as well as the opportunity to explore patterns as well. You can fin similar light blue and clear gems  here  and dark blue gems  here  on Amazon. 

These gems were more challenging to make letters with as the shapes did not fit together perfectly but I liked the fine motor aspect of both types of materials as well as the opportunity to explore patterns as well. You can fin similar light blue and clear gems here and dark blue gems here on Amazon. 

 As an additional fun center I put out all of the winter items we had been using for centers and let them explore and create with the loose parts. It looked so inviting that I wanted to explore myself! 

As an additional fun center I put out all of the winter items we had been using for centers and let them explore and create with the loose parts. It looked so inviting that I wanted to explore myself! 

 This center also has great fine motor skill practise as students tried to make letters with stick-on gemstones. After they were finished we put them all together and as a class spelled out words with them so I could tape the foam shape words up around the classroom. To help keep the letters looking presentable, students can draw the letter with pencil and use it as a guide for their gemstones.

This center also has great fine motor skill practise as students tried to make letters with stick-on gemstones. After they were finished we put them all together and as a class spelled out words with them so I could tape the foam shape words up around the classroom. To help keep the letters looking presentable, students can draw the letter with pencil and use it as a guide for their gemstones.

 For this center I had students design their snowflakes and then I put out small strips of paper so they could describe what they designed ie. type of materials, number, colour, etc. I have also done it where they decorate and glue with craft supplies instead and then I put up the snowflakes on a bulletin board with the description underneath. In this center they were exploring with loose parts instead. You can find similar foam snowflakes  here  on Amazon. 

For this center I had students design their snowflakes and then I put out small strips of paper so they could describe what they designed ie. type of materials, number, colour, etc. I have also done it where they decorate and glue with craft supplies instead and then I put up the snowflakes on a bulletin board with the description underneath. In this center they were exploring with loose parts instead. You can find similar foam snowflakes here on Amazon. 

 In this center I also let the students design a snowman (you can buy kits with 8 or so snowman in them at the dollar store but it is cheaper to buy the foam sheets and have students cut out their own pieces. You could do this activity with construction paper as well). The snowmen would look great put up around the room. To add structure to this center I have included a snowman printable where students can draw what they put on their snowman and label the pieces ie. hat, scarf, buttons etc. Click the image below to be taken to the free download, enjoy! 

In this center I also let the students design a snowman (you can buy kits with 8 or so snowman in them at the dollar store but it is cheaper to buy the foam sheets and have students cut out their own pieces. You could do this activity with construction paper as well). The snowmen would look great put up around the room. To add structure to this center I have included a snowman printable where students can draw what they put on their snowman and label the pieces ie. hat, scarf, buttons etc. Click the image below to be taken to the free download, enjoy! 

For more winter literacy fun check out this winter write the room set. Students will love hunting around the room looking for winter words then completing the word puzzles, worksheets and colour by word pictures. Click the image below to see more information. If you would like the French version you can click here to check it out. I used these word cards in my salt tray writing center. 

Thanks for reading! Llet me know what other literacy center ideas you have, I love to find interesting ideas for next year! 

Penny