On top of my workshop I have centers throughout the room that children have the ability to go explore and learn through play. Each student choices a center by taking a clothespin with their name on it and clipping it onto a sign that matches that center. When the student is done with that specific center he or she takes the clothes pin with him to the new center. On the sign are stick dots that display the number of people are allowed at that center. Once every dot is covered, no one else can visit that center.
The centers that are open each day depends on what unit I am on. But overall the centers I have are; Building Center (puzzles, legos, Lincoln Logs and actual wooden building blocks), Creative Playing With Toys (toy kitchen set, puppets, toy dishes), Listening Center (ear phones for listening to themselves read, CD walkman to hear audio books), Library Center (classroom library), Writing Center (whiteboards, writing paper for free writing), Computer Center (with Starfall activities), Art Center (with a paint easel, crayons, markers, and other crafts), and Sand / Water Table Center.