One of my kiddos' favorite centers is the "Copycat" center. It's perfect for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and even (beginning of the year) 1st grade classrooms. With a few basic supplies, your students can work on several skills- letter/number recognition, shapes, colors, spatial awareness, and handwriting. In most schools, kiddos are required to "copy" from the board or overhead...like copying down homework assignments, etc. Some kiddos really struggle with that, and it's probably due to their visual-spatial processing. Activities like "Copycat" will help promote visual-spatial awareness in a fun and easy way.
I created various shapes and figures with popsicle and craft sticks. At the "Copycat" center, the kiddos get a blank mat and recreate what they see using popsicle/craft sticks. There are several extensions for this center. Students can draw what they see on a Magna Doodle or piece of paper. Students can create their own figures, and have a friend "copy" them. You can start with basic letters or shapes, and simply mix up the colors. My students LOVE trying to recreate the abstract shapes and figures.
Here's how to set up this center in your classroom...
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I love this center because the storage is simple...everything fits right inside of the poster board envelope! You can store it on a bookshelf, and then kiddos can work on it ANYWHERE in the room, and clean it up easily! Win Win!!