10 Fun Name Recognition And Writing Activities For Preschoolers

Writing Activities For Preschoolers

Image: Shutterstock

Learning to spell or write the name is a huge milestone in the life of a preschooler, and the first step towards literacy. Most children can spell or recognize their name after they’ve reached the age of two by figuring it out on their own. But, this process is not as quick and as easy for every child. Some children are interested in some letters more than others. The length of the name also plays a huge part. A child with an eight-letter name has more to remember than a child whose name has three or four letters. Fortunately, there are loads of fun ways to reinforce the concept of name recognition in children. So today, MomJunction has shared ten name recognition and writing activities for preschoolers.

10 Fun Name Recognition And Writing Activities For Preschoolers:

1. Name Puzzle:

Writing Activities For Preschoolers - Name Puzzle

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Card stock or thick paper
  • Marker to write the names

How To:

  1. Write your child’s name on two pieces of cardstock, but in bold.
  1. Leave one strip whole and cut the other one between each letter.
  1. Now place the entire strip and the pieces on the table and invite your child to put the separate pieces to make his names using the strip as a guide.
  1. While most of the preschoolers by this stage would know all the letters comprising in their name, putting them in the correct order would a challenge.
  1. Once your preschooler masters this step, he can put together the letters without referring to the whole name strip.

[ Read: How To Teach Your Toddler To Write Better ]

2. Tactile Names:

Writing Activities For Preschoolers - Tactile Names

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Permanent markers
  • Liquid glue
  • Construction paper
  • Copy paper
  • Permanent

How To:

  1. Write your kid’s name in bold letters on the construction paper using the marker.
  1. Ask your kiddo to squeeze the liquid glue on top of the letters and leave it to dry thoroughly.
  1. Now have him place a sheet of copy paper on top of the paper and make a rubbing of his name with a crayon. This is one of the best preschool writing activities which will help them to write their name.

3. Clothesline Names:

Writing Activities For Preschoolers - Clothesline Names

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Two small containers with lids
  • Two dowels
  • Mini-clothespins
  • Yarn or string
  • Envelopes
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Sentence strips
  • Plaster of Paris
  • Hot glue
  • Colored markers, index cards or sentence strips

How To:

  1. Start the activity by writing your child’s name on a sentence strip using a permanent marker. Leave enough space between each alphabet so that you can cut the names apart.
  1. Now cut the names and place inside an envelope along with his digital picture. Write your kid’s name on the front of the envelope.
  1. Now make a small cut in each lid. The cut should be big enough to insert the dowel.
  1. Fill the container with plaster of Paris and put on the lid. Push the dowel into the container and leave it to dry.
  1. Now attach a yarn or string to the top of the dowels and secure with hot glue.
  1. Hand over the envelope to your child and tell him to hang the alphabet pieces on the clothesline using the clothespin. But the name should be in order.

4. Alphabet Sensory Name:

Writing Activities For Preschoolers - Alphabet Sensory Name

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Baking sheet
  • Laminating film
  • Magnetic letters
  • Dark construction paper
  • Sensory bin or tub
  • Filler for your sensory tub. You can use colored rice, shredded paper, moon sand or anything that covers the letters.

How To:

  1. Cut a piece of construction paper to fit on the baking sheet. Put the paper on the baking sheet, place the magnetic letters on the paper and place in the direct sunlight for a few hours.
  1. Once the sun has bleached the paper, remove it from the sunlight and laminate the paper.
  1. After the lamination, attach it to the baking sheet with the tape so that it stays in the place.
  1. If you are using rice for fillers, color it using the food colors.
  1. After the rice is colored, pour it into the sensory tub and mix with the magnetic letters. You can add some moon sand or shredded paper to it.
  1. Your child’s job is to search for the letters that make up his name. After finding the letters, they have to match it to the corresponding letters on the baking sheet.

[ Read: Learning Activities For Toddlers ]

5. Sidewalk Paint:

Writing Activities For Preschoolers - Sidewalk Paint

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Paint in three different colors
  • Painting tools like sponges, a basting brush, and a bucket
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Water sprayer

How To:

  1. Encourage your preschooler to paint the driveway with any of the three colors. At first, he should let the paint drip and run off the paintbrush. When the paint thickens, he can paint with an actual paintbrush.
  1. If you want, you can even make the outline of your child’s name so that he can color easily. Ensure that you use a different color for outlining.
  1. After painting the sidewalk, tell your child to squirt the vinegar solution on the name.

6. Make A Name Necklace:

Writing Activities For Preschoolers - Make A Name Necklace

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • A yarn or string
  • Name beads in upper case
  • Plastic needle

How To:

  1. As you can guess from the title, this activity requires children to make their own necklace.
  1. Tie a plastic needle to one end and then tell your child to thread through the beads in the order of his name. Tie a knot at the end of both bead ends and it’s ready. 

7. Name Activity Using Toy Cars:

Writing Activities For Preschoolers - Name Activity Using Toy Cars

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • White foam board
  • Foam brush or paint brush
  • White paint pen
  • Black paint
  • Some toy cars

How To:

  1. Use the foam brush and black paint to write your child’s name on the foam board. The name should be bold and thick. Leave it aside to dry.
  1. When the black paint dries, use the white paint to draw the dashes inside the letter to give an appearance of tracks. Leave it to dry. The track is ready!
  1. Now place on the car in each letter before inviting your preschooler to play. Your child has to start by driving the car around its corresponding letter.

[ Read: Language Activities For Toddlers ]

8. Stamp The Name On The Play Dough:

Writing Activities For Preschoolers - Stamp The Name On The Play Dough

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Play dough
  • Trays
  • Upper and lower case letter stamps
  • Alphabet cookie cutters

How To:

  1. Arrange the flattened play dough on the tray and give some letter stamps to your child.
  1. Now tell your child to stamp his name on the play dough, with the first letter uppercase and the rest lowercase.
  1. After your kid has performed this activity, make him stamp the dough with alphabet cookie cutters. He can even cut out the dough using the cookie cutters. This is one of the fun writing activities for toddlers to learn their alphabets.

9. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Name Craft:

Writing Activities For Preschoolers - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Name Craft

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Alphabet stickers
  • Thin cardboard, cut into strips
  • Green card stock, cut into branches
  • White glue
  • Yellow card stock, cut into circles
  • Pen
  • White paper

How To:

  1. Tell your child to assemble the coconut trees using the precut pieces and white glue.
  1. Now write your preschoolers name on the tree trunks using the pencil.
  1. Your child’s job is to match the alphabet stickers with the letters written on the tree trunk.
  1. You can even skip the writing part and tell your child to stick the labels on his own.

[ Read: Alphabet Activities For Preschoolers ]

10. Rainbow Caterpillars Name Matching Activity:

Writing Activities For Preschoolers - Rainbow Caterpillars Name Matching Activity

Image: Shutterstock

You Will Need:

  • Colored card stock
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • A large drawing paper

How To:

  1. Cut out a bunch of ovals or circles using rainbow colored card stock paper.
  1. Now tell your child to trace the circles or ovals on the white drawing paper so that there are enough circles for your child’s name.
  1. Now tell your child to arrange the circles or ovals in the rainbow colored order and start writing her name on it.
  1. If your child is just learning to spell or recognize the name, then you can write the letters and talk about of the letter and what they spell when put together.

We hope you find these name recognition and pre writing activities for preschoolers helpful. How did your preschooler learn to write his name? Share his experience by commenting below!

Recommended Articles:

Click
The following two tabs change content below.
Featured Image