Creating Great Childrens’ Activity Centers!

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Creating a Science Center for Kids!

School Age Programs should inlude a Science Center or Table!
Some  Ideas to bring into your Science area are:


  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Animals/Pets
  • Birds
  • Biographies/Stories of well known scientists
  • Botany
  • Caves
  • Endangered Species
  • Experiments
  • Fish
  • Life Cycle Books (Frog & Butterfly)
  • Life Cycle Posters
  • Measurements
  • Rainforest
  • Weather/Clouds


  • Animal Match Games
  • Ant Farm/Ants
  • Aquarium to use for fish– as well as for Float or Sink Experiments
  • Barometer
  • Binoculars
  • Bird Nests
  • Butterfly Net
  • Bones
  • Bugs
  • Color Paddle Set
  • Computer/Internet Connection
    …..There are tons of Science Activity Sites and Games
    …..Bugs, Collections
    ……Bug Houses
  • BONES: 
    …..Beef, Pork, Chicken
  • Color slides
  • Compass
  • Flowers/Flower Seeds/Vegetable seeds-seedlings
  • Frozen Fish
  • Goggles
  • Globe
  • *INGREDIENTS TO MAKE: Gak/Goop/Glarch/ Flubber/Silly Putty/Play Dough
  • Kaleidoscopes
  • Lab and Science Kits/Crystal Growing Kit
  • Leaves
  • Levers/Pulleys
  • Plants
  • Program Pet
  • Magnet Kits
  • Magnifiers
  • Maps
    …..Bath Scale
    …..Measuring Cups/Spoons
    …..Meter/Yard Sticks
    …..Mixing Bowls
    …..Scales and Weights
  • Microscopes
  • Mirrors
  • Owl Pellets
  • Pickled Eggs
  • Prism Light Center
  • Rocks, Minerals, Fossils
  • Terrarium
  • Thermometer


  • …..Clocks, Small Appliances
  • …..Cameras, Computers,
  • …..Old Toys
  • …..Out-of-date Nintendo equipment
  • Tornado Bottles
  • Tuning Fork
  • Tweezers, Forceps
  • Shells
  • Skeleton
  • Slinky
  • Sniff Jars
  • Soil, Twigs, Sticks
  • Sand
  • Specimen Bags
  • Squishy-Feely Things
  • Sun Sensitive Paper
  • Supplies to make Tornado Bottles
  • Wasp/Bee Nests
  • Wheels and Pulleys
  • X-Rays of Humans and Animals


  • Science-Related Coloring Pages
  • Word Search
  • Puzzles
  • Games
  • Recipes to make snacks that look like bugs,etc.

TIP: *If you have the following items in your storage area, you’ll be able to make just about any playdough or goop recipe there is!

  • Alum (Powdered)
  • Baking Soda
  • Borax
  • Corn Starch
  • Cream of Tartar
  • Flour
  • Food Coloring
  • Glitter
  • Ivory Snow Clothes Detertent
  • Jell-O/Gelatin
  • Sugar Free Kool Aid
  • Liquid Starch
  • Salt
  • Vegatable Oil
  • White Glue

For ingredients to make SPECIAL PLAYDOUGH such as ‘Peanut Butter, Cotton, Coffee, Lint, etc.– see the PlayDough category


Display natural earth wonders such as :
Sea shells, rocks, crystals, geodes, pine cones, seeds, twigs, etc.
Encourage children to add to the collection. Provide magnifying glasses to study the items at this center…Photograph courtesy of Restoration Place.

Writing and Language Centers for Kids


  • Chalk
  • Colored, medium, and soft lead pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Paper:
    …..Lined and unlined
    …..Assorted Colors
    …..Textures, Sizes and Shapes
  • Pens with variety or ink colors
  • Envelopes


  • Alphabet and Word Puzzles
  • Alphabet Stamps
  • Black Boards
  • Clip boards
  • Computer/Printer
  • Erasable marker boards
  • Etch-a-sketch
  • Index cards
  • Journals
  • Magic Slates
  • Magnetic Letters and Boards
  • Puppets & Scripts
  • Printed forms
  • Post cards
  • Sand/Salt Tray
  • Shaving Cream
  • Stencils
  • Tape Recorder/Player
  • Type Writer/Computer


  • Contact Paper
  • Picture Cards
  • Wallpaper
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Used Greeting Cards
    Tools for Book/Card Making
  • Envelopes
  • Glue
  • Hole Puncher
  • Stapler
  • Stickers
  • Yarn


  • Chapter Books
  • Comic Books
  • Dictionary
  • Encyclopedia
  • Joke Books
  • Knock-Knock Book
  • Mad Libs
  • Magazines for Youth
  • Riddles
  • Story Books
  • Tongue Twisters


  • Drama Club 
  • Foreign Language Class or Club All you need is one semeter to facilitate a Language theme Club! Teach greetings, numbers, simple phrases.
  • Reading Clubs
  • Sign Language Classes
  • Themes Built around a Book 
  • Place literacy materials in play centers

Provide a print rich environment where children can see the purpose and use of the written language. Also, label everything in the room!

Provide a well stocked library. If shelf space is not available for books, consider using tubs. Label the tubs with a sticker that corresponds with stickers on the books. When  children are done reading their books—they return them to the correct container. Example: Animal books and tubs each have a blue sticker.



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