Cooking Up a Great Year! {back to school centers}

Sooo I don't go back to school until September {hate me now...but you'll be laughing come May!} but I've had several requests for my Back to School centers so I figured I'd post them now! These centers are great for whole group, small group or independent work! There are 5 math centers, 6 literacy centers and a fun little alphabet craft {that will be posted soon!} Here's a peak at each center:

 Counting cookies- matching the cookies on the cookie sheets to the numbers on the ovens.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816

Roll & Write- practicing writing numbers 1-6. You can use a numbered die instead of a dotted die {is that what they're called!?} so your students can copy if they don't quite know how to write their numbers yet.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816

How Many Meatballs?- fine motor practice while matching "meatballs" to the numbers on the bowls. I found the fun little tongs in the Target dollar spot and the "meatballs" are pom poms!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816

Getting in Shape! After eating all of those cookies, you gotta get in shape ;) The kids will roll the shape cube and color in the corresponding shape.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816

Scoop & Sort- have your students scoop up tiny manipulatives {pom poms, unifix cubes, buttons, etc.} and sort them on the color mat.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816

Oven Mitt Matching- this fun game will help your students match uppercase and lowercase letters. I stuck all the uppercase letters inside of the oven mitt and have my students pick out one letter at a time. Then they color the matching lowercase letter.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816

Mix it Up! Practice sorting letters from numbers.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816

Baggin' Up Beginning Sounds- flip the cookie from the cookie sheet into the correct bag by matching the picture with its beginning sound. My students love to pretend they're really baking! This center focuses on m, r, s, and t since those are the letters we start with.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816

Who Stole the Cookie? This is a fun whole group game to practice identifying letter names. Hide the cookie behind one of the letters and ask your students, "Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar?" When they guess a letter, they pull it out of the pocket chart to see if they're right!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816

Scrumptious Sight Words- this is a fun way to introduce sight words. Laminate each card so your students can trace with dry-erase markers!
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816

Make a Match- Make a PB & J sandwich by matching the picture to the correct beginning sound.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Cooking-Up-a-Great-Year-Back-to-School-Centers-794816
The little sandwich container was 44 cents at Michaels! Score!

My blogging friend Heather came up with the cutest little song to go with this center!
{to the tune of "The Wheels on the Bus"}

The A on the peanut butter says /a/ /a/ /a/, /a/ /a/ /a/, /a/ /a/ /a/, The a on the peanut butter says /a/ /a/ /a/ -It loves the alligator jelly.

Finally, I have an *adorable* little alphabet soup craft that I will put up as a bulletin board! I will share it as soon as it's finished!!

You can find these fun and engaging centers in my TpT store!





85 comments

  1. Your back to school centers look so cute! Love the cooking theme!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies

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  2. Your back to school centers look like a lot of fun!
    Kate
    Fun in ECSE

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  3. So cute! After teaching 5th grade last year, I'm teaching a k/1 split class for the first time this year. I'd love to win these for our back to school centers.

    Jodi
    jodilovette@gmail.com

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  4. ADORABLE!!! I love the little sandwich box too! I think when you link an idea with a really cute tool, that is what makes a K teacher's day. Now it makes our year if the kids use the center correctly! ps If I don't win I am going to buy it. Just don't tell my husband!

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  5. Just looking at all your fun filled centers is making me super excited for school! Can't wait to try your ideas with my firsties! :)

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  6. I love this packet! Would be a great review for my first graders! jkroske@gmai.com

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  7. Such cute centers to use in my Kindergarten classroom. Great ideas.

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  8. I would love to get this pack! I am a first year teacher. :)

    sierraphillips724@gmail.com

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  9. Love these centers! Would love to win them and use them with my K class :)

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  10. And the TPT wish list gets longer...lol Super cute centers! I love that you included math and ELA. The kids will love to use the real life kitchen utensils. Makes it so much fun!

    kmarino67@hotmail.com

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  11. How great are these centers?!? LOVE the cooking theme! :) lorepuckett at verizon dot net

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  12. Would love to win for our centers!

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  13. Awesome packet with tons of amazing ideas! Love your work...would love to win!!! :).

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  14. Very cute! Many of these would work well in my preschool classroom as we work on kindergarten readiness skills too!

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  15. Your centers look fantastic. The kids will be so excited to play and learn!

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  16. Oh my word! I am obsessed with these cuties!!!

    Sydsmommy09@aol.com

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  17. Oh my word! I am obsessed with these cuties!!!

    Sydsmommy09@aol.com

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  18. Absolutely adorable centers! My kindergarten students would love them! Thanks so much for sharing and for the chance to win them! That would be a great back to school surprise! :)

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  19. I need centers for the beginning of school! This would be fabulous!!!

    Acraftyqueen@gmail.com or mrseolson31@gmail.com

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  20. I love these! They are absolutely adorable! :)

    Sarah
    Scoatoam@gmail.com

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  21. Very cute! Perfect for the beginning of the year K student.

    mgnreynolds@yahoo.com

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  22. I love all of the skills covered. A lot of assessment opportunities from observing the work in these.

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  23. Love this set of bts centers and the cooking theme. So clever and creative!

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  24. Oh my! The sandwich container and the oven mitt put me over the top! Hilarious and educational! Not sure you can beat that combinations! vjstensland@comcast.net

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  25. Looks fabulous! higgystyx@yahoo.com

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  26. These are great! A must have for me to start the year off!

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  27. What a fun and uber-creative series of centers. I love the PBJ (that it was in the sandwich shaped container--PRICECLESS). Using the spatula, I mean, you are some kind of genius! Great ideas! thanks for sharing :)

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  28. These are super adorable!!! Perfect for back to school centers!! Amazing!

    kwampfler@hotmail.com

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  29. These are amazing and so cute! What a cute theme!

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  30. OMGoodness! I LOVE this! Soo cute! You are so creative! I have to buy this!!!!

    sbishop76@yahoo.com

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  32. LOVE! LOVE! LOVE! What a great way to get the kiddos excited about a new school year!

    kindergartentchr@yahoo.com

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  33. This is the cutest EVER...I could just eat it up!! I would LOVE this center!!

    Shana Grooms
    teachreason@gmail.com

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  34. I love these centers! They are very user friendly, and totally appropriate for the beginning of the year! You did a great job!

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  35. Sorry...my email is deldreqka.scott@gmail.com

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  36. These centers look fantastic. My kiddos would love using them during station and independent work time!

    Ashley
    ashley.kock@gmail.com

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  37. Love the cooking theme!! The creativity is astonishing!

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  38. Seriously so cute! Would be great to have!

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  39. So creative! Adorable! Love them !
    Lslouka@msn.com

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  40. So creative! Adorable! Love them !
    Lslouka@msn.com

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  41. I cannot wait to get a set of these!!! Perfect for all the skills I work on in the beginning of kindergarten! Thank you!!

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  42. I cannot wait to get a set of these!!! Perfect for all the skills I work on in the beginning of kindergarten! Thank you!!

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  43. Great job, thank you! Excited to implement them this fall:)

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  44. Perfect for the start of school!!

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  45. Perfect for the start of school!!

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  46. These are adorable! Thank you for sharing!

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  47. These are adorable! Thank you for sharing!

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  48. So cute, would love these for my kindergarten kids!! :)
    My Kindergarten Kids

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  49. Love these! My kiddos will love to do these activities when we start back!

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  51. These look too cute! Adding to my wish list!

    Cathy I.
    mrsirwinsclass@gmail.com

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  52. Love them! I like the letter/number sort.
    bagoings@gmail.com

    xoxo-Bobbie

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  53. Oh my gosh!! I love them all!!! I would be so excited to use these in my room and the kids would love them!!! Perfect starting centers!

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  54. These are so adorable and perfect for the beginning of the year!! Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    ✿ Regina
    Keepin It Krazy

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  55. Those turned out super cute! I like how they are nice and simple-perfect for beginning the year in kinder!
    ~Meredith
    Keen on Kindergarten

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  56. I saw you post this BTS centers pack yesterday and I absolutely love it! I added it to my TpT wish list and I hope to purchase it by Tuesday:-) Thanks for creating a great resource!

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  57. They're all so cute! My oldest is starting kindergarten this year and I'm homeschooling her so these would be so helpful!

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  58. Wow! Super cute! lmarshall1389@gmail.com

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  59. You are brilliant! Love the scoop and sort and who stole the cookie? SO FUN!!!!!!

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  60. Love the way you included fine motor skills in these centers. gmartindale@ejesd.net

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  61. I absolutely LOVED every single center idea you posted & that alphabet song with the pb & j is so cute. Thank you for sharing these ideas. I can't wait to see the Alphabet Soup bulletin board.

    Stephanie
    PolkaDotPalace

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  62. They look adorable! I love the oven mitt idea! :)

    tennisluvr4lyf@hotmail.com

    https://www.facebook.com/Tennisluvr4lyfInFirstGrade

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  63. Just what I need!

    smontano9@cox.net

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  64. Love This! They are cute and would be a great resource to my classroom. I added it to my Wish List!

    Ashley
    ashleymparent@gmail.com

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  65. These are perfect for the beginning of the year (even for some of my firsties)! The cooking theme is so fun. My favorite is the meatball number matching with the tongs- so many of my kids need fine motor practice! Adding these to my wishlist.
    Mikaela
    mmuntean619@gmail.com

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  66. These are great! I love the theme! On my Wish List for sure!

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  67. This looks so amazing! I have it in my cart, ready to buy before Tuesday. Your products make teaching so much easier for me!
    Cathy
    beagle2love@hotmail.com

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  68. These look so cute! We go back in less than 3 weeks, but I just might have to change my back to school center plans now :)

    mrsnationseducation@gmail.com

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  69. super cute! would love for my K centers!! great job

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  70. So cute and usable! I love them!
    shannon.wyckoff@gmail.com

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  71. Love these! Perfect for the beginning of the school year. My year starts TOMORROW, EEK!! kristine.harrison@mnps.org

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  72. CUTE! :D I am teaching K4 for the first time this year, and these would be great in my classroom!

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  73. Super cute! Can't wait to use these this year!

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  74. These are great centers for the beginning of the year! Love them!

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  75. These would be perfect for our summer school theme of cooking/baking!

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  76. These centers are perfect for back to school time!

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  77. This is just precious!! I LOVE it!! Those cookies in the oven are my favorite!!

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  78. What sweet, fun centers! New to K so looking for great centers. Think I just found them!

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