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First Day of School Activities for Kindergarten

Plan your first day of kindergarten activities with these fun and hands-on centers. Get your students excited about learning, and create a sense of belonging with a free bulletin board printable.


Plan your first day of kindergarten activities with these fun and hands-on centers. Get your students excited about learning, and create a sense of belonging with a free bulletin board printable.


This past week was the first week back with my students. I am exhausted! I always forget just how tiring the first month of school is, and I am definitely feeling it this weekend.

Take a look at the literacy center activities we did during our first day back. Read to the end to get a free download of the letters I used for our Back to School bulletin board.

Letter Roads

Letter roads to practice letter formation for beginning of the year literacy centers. Great for morning tubs, independent center rotations.

I used these road letter mats to practice letter formation. Our students loved using the cards to drive over the letters, and they were able to practice letter formations at the same time!

Drive on the letters square preview

I started out by just putting a few letters out (S, I, T, A) so that my students wouldn’t get overwhelmed with choice. I add more choices as we progress through the year.

Alphabet Cover-Up Work Mats

Alphabet cover-up work mats to practice letter formation for beginning of the year literacy centers. Great for morning tubs, independent center rotations.

I continued to practice letter formations with these work mats. They can be used with any materials that your students like (play dough, gems, Wiki Stix). They form the letters and then cover up the pictures that begin with that sound.

Letter Cover-Up square preview02

I like to have a variety of different ways to practice the alphabet, it makes learning more engaging for my students. They can find a way that interests them, and that they enjoy doing.

Alphabet Play Dough Mats

Letter play dough mats to practice letter formation for beginning of the year literacy centers. Great for morning tubs, independent center rotations.

Another activity that we used to practice letter formations this week was these play dough mats. Students rolled out the play dough to make the letters, then used a whiteboard marker to trace the letters.

letter tracing activity square cover

Like the road letter mats, I only put out a few letters, to begin with. For the beginning of the year, I want to set my students up for success- and that means not overwhelming them with a lot of materials.

Letter Bulletin Board

Free Bulletin Board Letters printable for the beginning of the school year. Great back to school name activity for Welcome to Kindergarten or Meet the Teacher.

We made our first Back to School Bulletin Board as a class. I wanted to make it inviting to all our students and families, so I had each student decorate the first letter of their name. It is going to be great for families to see their child’s decorated letter when they come for Meet the Teacher night in a few weeks.

Free Bulletin Board Letters printable for the beginning of the school year. Great back to school name activity for Welcome to Kindergarten or Meet the Teacher.

I love how each letter is unique, and that students were able to make it their own. I want them to feel welcome and involved in their classroom, and I think this was a great place to start!

If you would like to use these letters in your classroom, I have added it to my Resource Library as a free download!

First day of Kindergarten Advice

Start slow with everything- your students are not going to know what to do, where to go, or how to do anything. Limiting the amount of materials that are available and modeling how to use the activities is going to be so important.

Name writing practice can also be a great place to start- a lot of my students do now know how to write their name when they begin school. Their name is something familiar to them though, so giving them Name Tracers can be a great start for them.

For more information on how my classroom, you can check out My Ultimate Guide to Kindergarten Centers. I also have other blog posts that can help you with Back to School time:

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