Tent Center

This tent center is a hit in my classroom. I added it this year and wish I would have done it 10 years ago.

When cleaning my room at the beginning of the year, I found lots of "stuff" that was good, but didn't have a home. I hate to throw out things that could still be used... so I came up with this activity.

Some items were:

Old games


Magnet letters

Cookie sheets

I found these items and deemed them "tent worthy".

I use the Happy Giddy Sandbox as the "container". It doesn't have walls, so it is easy to keep an eye on students. It is also great colors so it fits into a classroom environment easily.

My students love to play in this area. They sort out letters, make words, have races with "Who can make ___ word the fastest?", and generally explore letters and words.

The only thing that limits the activities is my student's imagination.

My kids favorite thing about it is that it is a total mess that is inviting and exciting. My favorite thing is that it is so easy to keep clean!

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