Looking for some fun, engaging and hands-on ways to teach ABC's to your little learners? I have you covered! Preschool and Kindergarten are the most important years to build literacy and math concept in kids. One of the most important things is to build fine motor skills and sensory skills along with helping kids identify letters and sounds is providing plenty of repetitive fun alphabet activities on a regular basis. Along with letter and number practice, these fun STEM manipulatives centers also work on their fine motor skills and sensory skills. These fun day-to-day alphabet centers are just perfect for early learners to practice their uppercase and lowercase letters and number while playing.
STEM Manipulatives help preschoolers and kindergartners utilize many skill sets. They use fine and gross motor skills to make the letters, shapes and numbers with the help of various manipulatives. They also are able to take decisions on which which matching piece to use and which to place. These also are used by special education teachers to engage the kids and help them concentrate.
Here are 15 hands-on fine motor and sensory based centers using STEM manipulatives which would be loved by your students:
Pop It Fidget Toy Activities are all the rage right now! These quiet, entertaining fidgets are the perfect tool to add to your next classroom small group or center STEM activity! Pop Its can be used for Hands-On Math and Literacy Centers by adding uppercase letters, lowercase letters, or numbers to them.
To begin, students will need a Pop It labeled with letters on one side and numbers on the other. Students will use a variety of small manipulatives to pop and cover specific letters and numbers. Students can also make letters, numbers, or shapes using manipulatives to pop and cover the correct design. Let your mind go wild with all the different activities you can use these Pop Its for: simple addition and subtraction, recognizing uppercase and lowercase letters, making patterns, graphing, making shapes, and so much more!
Using Pop Its as a learning tool is becoming more and more common. Students are engaged in hands-on learning activities that will keep them begging for more! Our Pop It Math and Literacy Center Bundle provides all the tools you need for students to begin learning immediately!
Letter and Number Road Mats are designed to engage students in correct letter formation, letter sounds, letter and number names, and more! Students can use mobile manipulatives like cars, trains, tractors, or anything else that “moves” for hands-on letter and number formation practice.
Students will need a mobile manipulative, letter, number, or shape road mat, a pencil, and a set of crayons or colored pencils. These Hands-On Letters and Numbers Road activities are the perfect addition to independent center activities or small group practice. While students are forming letters in small groups, remind them to practice the sounds each letter makes. For example, when students practice the letter ‘R’, they will say “Rrrrrrrr” while forming the letter.
There are basic road mat pages that contain just the letter, number, or shape as well as road map pages that include a variety of activities to practice identifying and engaging in the letter, number, or shape featured on that page. Your students are sure to love our Road Maps Bundle featuring letters, numbers, and shapes.
Popsicle Stick Learning Mats make learning letters, numbers, and shapes more fun! These adorable letter mats provide students with visual discrimination and perception skill-building activities.
Learning with popsicle mats is a great resource for your early elementary and preschool students. Simply print the learning mats (I suggest laminating the pages for durability) and provide students with popsicle sticks to start forming letters, numbers, and shapes.
Your students will love learning and engaging in letter recognition, number formation, visual discrimination, and shape recognition activities with our Popsicle Stick Bundle. Our bundle includes Build It, Trace It, Find It activities on each of the mats that are sure to excite young learners!
Fruit Loop Center Mats are hands-on activity mats that promote student learning through fine-motor skills, letter and number recognition, visual perception, and shape-building activities.
Your students will love building letters, numbers, and shapes with these engaging Fruit Loop Mats. These mats are low-prep and easy to use! Simply print the learning mats and provide a handful of Fruit Loops cereal to your students. Don’t have Fruit Loops? Switch the cereal to Cheerios or something else you have available!
Students in preschool through first grade are bound to love this exciting and engaging set of Fruit Loop Mats! Get your Fruit Loop Bundle today and have students begin learning as soon as tomorrow!
Snap (Unifix) Cube Centers provide a variety of hands-on learning activities for students from preschool through kindergarten. Your students will build letters, numbers, shapes, patterns, and more using these engaging center mats! Grab your Snap cube/ Unifix Cubes Graphing FREE PRINTABLE today!
Students love hands-on learning activities, and snap (unifix) cube center mats are the perfect learning resource to add to your next independent, center, or small group activity! These low-prep activity pages are the only thing you need besides snap (unifix) cubes to get started! I suggest laminating these pages for durability.
Fun, engaging, and created to scale, this Snap Cube Center Bundle is sure to be a hit in your classroom!
Pipe Cleaner Building Mats are engaging and highly effective at providing hands-on alphabet, number, and shape practice to students from preschool through kindergarten. You will love that your students are engaged in letter and number formation activities, shape recognition, and fine motor building practice.
Students will need pipe cleaners and the letter, number, or shape mats included when getting started. Once they have their materials, they can begin building a variety of uppercase letters, 2-D shapes, and numbers from 1-20. Check out our Pipe Cleaner Centers Bundle today!
Magna Tiles Centers are loved by kids. They provide a variety of hands-on learning activities for students from preschool through kindergarten. Your students will build uppercase letters, lowercase letters, numbers, shapes, patterns, and more using these engaging center mats!
Students love hands-on learning activities, and magna tiles math and literacy center mats are the perfect learning resource to add to your next independent, center, or small group activity! These low-prep activity pages are the only thing you need besides magna tiles/ picasso tiles or magnetic tiles to get started! I suggest laminating these pages for durability.
Fun, engaging, and created to scale, this Magnetic Tiles Center Bundle is sure to be a hit in your classroom!
Alphabet Crayon Task Cards use simple, everyday school supplies to provide students with an engaging way to create letters. Simply find a box of crayons and have students practice forming uppercase and lowercase letters. You could even go farther and add in numbers and shape formation as well. There are so many hands-on activities that promote learning that you could incorporate into your preschool, kindergarten, or homeschool classroom using basic school supplies like crayons!
STEM activities and challenges are fabulous to add to your centers. Linking chain is a great STEM classroom manipulative. Linking chains are easy for young learners and students with special needs to connect and separate. Snap chains develops skills in counting, comparing, sorting and patterning.
Linking Chains Literacy and Math centers are loaded with fun. This Bundle has Uppercase letters, Lowercase Letters, Numbers, Shapes and Patterns and can be used to make letters with Linking Chains/ C-Clips/ C-links/ Hooks. A super hands-on way to engage students while learning to build their Letters/Alphabets, Numbers, shapes and more. These centers can be used to introduce, recognize, build and trace letters, numbers, shapes and more to pre-k and kindergarten students. A fun, play-based literacy activity that can be used all year. These work great for early finishers, as a literacy center or morning work.