Tips and Ideas for Low-Prep Math Centers

Low-prep math center ideas

Over the years, I’ve started laminating less, buying less, and spending less time prepping classroom activities. I’ve realized it’s not worth it to spend hours prepping centers & hand-on materials because I can make low-prep (and free) activities that are still super engaging, meaningful, and fun for students! Check out some tips & ideas for creating low-prep math centers 👇

Gather materials:
You probably already have a TON of materials you can use for low-prep centers. I doubt you need to spend money buying materials for centers! I keep most of my materials for centers in tubs in the one spot in our classroom so I don’t have to dig through multiple areas and cabinets when I’m ready to make centers. I love to store materials in Sterilite bins.


Materials I like to use for low-prep centers include:

Some low-prep ideas:
Here are some of my favorite simple center ideas. I hope these ideas inspire you to create low-prep centers to target your students’ needs & the units you’re teaching!

Sorting ideas:






Counting ideas:




Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, & More:







Note: This post has Amazon affiliate links. I personally purchased all of the linked materials for my classroom and they've been great! I was not given the materials nor am I paid by the companies for promoting them. I simply get a few cents from Amazon if you purchase them through my links.

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