Name activities are currently our jam.
My three-year-old is beginning to recognize the letters in his name, and my five-year-old is learning how to write his name with lowercase letters. Name activities are just a blast. – Especially for Breakfast Invitations!
Slow and steady, you will always see progress when your preschooler shows interest. When your child is ready, name activities are a blast to play!
RELATED: Looking for quick and simple ways to play? Check out our activity cards!
How can I help my child with letter recognition?
I love beginning to teach my children to recognize the letters of the alphabet through movement and play.
We begin by starting with the letters in their name.
Names are important, and names hold personal meaning to your child. Your child will perk up when they see that the letters in front of them are the letters in their name!
You can help your child with letter recognition by having alphabet resources to expose them to different letters.
We begin to teach name activities for preschool with simple ideas.
- Find your name.
- Match your name.
- Where is your name?
- Find the letters in your name. – (like this rock letter game)
- Identify the letters in your name.
There are so many fun and simple ways to play name activities with preschoolers!
Why is name recognition important, and how can name activities help?
By Kindergarten, children learning under the Common Core will recognize that spoken words are represented in written language by specific letters.
Children will also begin to be asked to recognize and name all upper- and lowercase letters of the alphabet.
Let’s begin to explore these important skills with our preschoolers with name activities!
How do you make learning letters fun?
Isn’t this such a great question? The simple answer is learning letters through play.
With these fun name activities, children are learning with guided play. This variation of play suggests that an adult sets up a play prompt for a child with a specific intention in mind.
Play can also be child-led. This form of play is when the child takes the lead in making the decisions and choosing the materials used.
Let’s get started with this simple name activity you see above.
First, tape down a large piece of paper. Write different family names throughout the paper. Invite your child to come to circle their name. This will also help with pencil grip, holding a steady hand, and forming a complete curved line.
RELATED: Learn the stages of pencil grip and how to improve fine motor strength at home.
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Want More Preschool Name Activities?
I hope so because we have a pretty great collection of ideas!
- Name Seek and Find – Days with Grey
- Find Your Name – Days with Grey
- Name Posters – Days with Grey
- Sticker Names – Busy Toddler
- Flower Name Hunt – Toddler Approved
- Crayon Names – Happily Ever Mom
- Crack a Name – Days with Grey
- Name Recognition with Movement – Munchkins and Moms
- Hot Glue Name Recognition – Stay at Home Educator
- Family Name Cards – Days with Grey
- DIY Name Cards – The Mama Workshop
- Mega Blok Names – Happy Toddler Playtime
- Sticker Name Sort – Busy Toddler
- Name Recognition Soup – Munchkins and Moms
- Cap Names – Happy Toddler Playtime
- DIY Name Construction – Days with Grey
- Button Name Recognition – Stay at Home Educator