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!
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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 such as:
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 sequences of 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.
Play can take many different forms.
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.
Parents and caregivers must understand the importance of play, so your child is allowed the time to reach plays full potential with learning.
Let’s get started with this simple name activity you see above.
Tape down a large piece of paper.
Write different family names throughout the paper.
Write the same names on notecards, or here I used sentence strips (listed below).
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Name matching game directions
Allow your preschooler to shuffle through the basket of names to find their match.
Once this is mastered, try adding other family member names.
Begin to talk about how different names are similar and how they are different. Pay close attention to the beginning letters and the last letters of each name.
VARIATION: Post the names throughout the house to search and find before placing on the large paper roll.
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Want More Preschool Name Activities?
Of course, you do!
Here are my favorite name activities for preschoolers:
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