I love using centers in my first grade classroom however often times I find that it takes me WAY more time to create the center than it does for my students to complete it. I am looking for center ideas for literacy and math centers that reinforce concepts taught in 1st grade that can be used over and over again if that makes sense. For example: One idea would be to put unifix cubes in the math center for students to practice creating and extending patterns but it can be used over again because they can continiously make different patterns from it. Or a math fact flashcard game where the student gives the sum and keeps the card and the student with the most cards at the end wins --- would also be continious because they always need to practice facts, etc. An example for literacy would be to get word tiles with punctuation to create sentence and it would also be a center I could leave out throughout the year. Does anyone have any additional ideas that they use for centers in math and reading that they use through the year and isn't just an activity that once you finish it, your done.... Your ideas are greatlyyy appreciated!