I feel very blessed to work at a school where they value the importance of play. Play is so crucial to child development, and I love that I’m able to provide my students with unstructured and uninterrupted play time. Every afternoon we do Free Choice Centers, and it’s one of our favorite parts of the day! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Our Free Choice board is super simple. I took pictures of each activity and put them on a word doc. I laminated them, put 4 Velcro dots on them (because only 4 people can be at each center), and stapled them to the board. In the beginning of the year I took individual pictures of my kiddos. I printed them out, cut out their faces, laminated them, and put the other side of the Velcro dots on the back. I also put Velcro dots on the bottom border. And the board is done! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ My kiddos faces are kept on the boarder. When they come in the classroom in the morning, they put their face on the Free Choice they want to do in the afternoon. They know that if there’s already 4 people at a center, they have to choose something else. It’s a part of our morning routine and it’s so easy!! I don’t have to do anything! 😆 And at the end of the day after Free Choice is done, my 2 helpers for the day move all the faces back to the boarder. And that’s it! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ We do Free Choice centers for 15 minutes at the end of the day. While this is happening, I am able to mark their colors in their student agendas, answer any parent questions, and/or write notes to families. The Free Choice centers we have are dinosaurs, geoboards, iPads, puzzles, playdoh, lincoln logs, arts & crafts, big blocks, and dress-up. I store most of the centers on a 3-tiered cart from Michaels. Swipe through to see the cart and a close up of the board! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Check out my story to see the centers in action!!!