Inside my Preschool Small Group Cart


Teaching preschool in a play-based way can sometimes leave those outside of it wondering when the academic learning pieces come in.  But, those of us who practice and love play-based learning know that we use other times to bring in academic skill practice - such as small group.

And since small group time is such an important part of the day, I decided to put together a rolling cart of all the items I use often - right inside the cart. That way I can roll the cart to the large table and have the things I need!


Here is a look inside the things I keep in my small group cart:


  • Pencils
  • Skill Cards (used for games)
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Chalk
  • Dice
  • Game Movers
  • Markers


  • Wikki Stix (for tracing and forming letters/numbers/shapes)
  • Mini Erasers (for games)


  • Student Name Cards
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Feed Me box (used for games)
  • More dice and Spinners

So, when it comes small group time, I choose a group of students, grab a lesson plan and use any of the things needed in the cart!

Want to learn more about using small group in your play-based classroom?  This Small Group Series of videos can help!

Do you have a place to store your small group goodies?

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