These are some of my favorite name activities for teaching young children how to recognize the letters in their names in the beginning of the school year.
Some of the activities included here will help children learn to identify their own names, and others will help them learn to identify the names of their classmates too. Both types of activities offer opportunities for learning letters in ways that are fun and meaningful.
Not all name activities were created equal, some are more fun than others. When you add hands-on elements to your learning activities your students will be more likely to remain engaged and on-task for longer periods of time. And best of all, they’ll begin to love school and learning!
You can read the directions for making this activity on the blog HERE. Great fine motor practice too!
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Crayon Resist Watercolor Names
Write the child’s name with a regular, white crayon on white construction paper. When the child paints the paper with watercolors, his or her name will magically appear!
Write the child’s first name or the beginning letter on construction paper. The child uses Do-A-Dot markers to cover the letter(s).
Play Dough Names
This is such a fun name activity! Children love using these alphabet dough stampers to stamp their names in play dough.
Alphabet Stamp Names
Children stamp their names using alphabet stamps.
Bottle Cap Names
Write letters on the top of water bottle caps with a permanent marker. Children can spell their names using the bottle caps.
Letters in My Name Class Book
Create a class book with a different number on each page. Students write their names on the page that matches the number of letters in their name. Add their photos next to their names to provide cues for independent reading.
Wikki Stix Names
Write the child’s name on construction paper and provide them with Wikki Stix to form their names on the paper.
Write the child’s name on construction paper and have him or her squeeze liquid glue over the top. Next, pour Kool-Aid over the top of the name and let dry.
Children hunt for letters in their name in a sensory tub filled with colored rice and magnetic letters.
Class Name Books
Use class books to motivate students to read. They love seeing their own names and the names of their friends in print.
Letter Bead Names
Children string alphabet letter beads on pipe cleaners to spell their names.
Write the child’s name with a permanent marker on construction paper. Have the child squeeze liquid glue on top of the letters and allow it to dry completely overnight. Place a sheet of copy paper over the top and the child can make a rubbing of his or her name with a crayon.
Rainbow Write Names
Children use Scentos markers to trace over their names in a variety of colors and scents.
Put children’s names and pictures on the word or name wall in your classroom.
Place student names in pocket chart in alphabetical order. Call attention to the first letter of each name by writing it in red. These cards can be used for many different activities such as sorting by first letter, comparing and contrasting the number of letters in each name etc.
Children love to search for these letter pasting pieces and glue them to paper to spell their names.
I found an inexpensive box of 100 connecting cubes at Wal-Mart. Write letters on the cubes with a permanent marker and children can practice spelling their names with the cubes.
Letters in My Name T-Chart
Write the child’s name at the top and have them sort magnetic letters on this printable t-chart. Click on the picture above to get your free copy of this printable t-chart.
Just type your student’s names into this editable document and click the magic wand to instantly create these clothespin name templates. Write the letters on clothespins with a permanent marker and children can clip the clothespins to their personalized name card.
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