Teaching preschoolers how to recognize and spell their first name is an important task, not only for practical things like finding their cubbies but also because it makes letters and how they work together more meaningful for them. These name recognition activities use the connection children already have with their name and use that to learn more about literacy. Using what your students already know and feel confident knowing as a springboard for trickier tasks is a great way to challenge your students without tipping the scales into frustration. That is what I love about using name activities for learning.
Name Activities That Teach Children Name Recognition
I love this name recognition activity because children really learn where to put each letter and can practice it over and over. Get your own set of Duplo here with my affiliate link –> Buy Duplo here.
These simple Name Puzzles are budget friendly and effective, making them a perfect name recognition activity for any classroom.
I LOVE these name hunts because my students love them. They are such a simple name activity with awesome letter recognition benefits too. My students love using them with my name and classmates’ names too.
This craft is fun, even for older kids who are interested in trying cursive. You don’t have to use the foam balls either; instead, try glitter! It’s our most festive name activity.
This craft is a fun way to make names in a hands-on approach that will also serve as a visual reminder of how to spell their name.
These are wonderful for name recognition and learning how to spell your name or your classmates’ names too! These puzzles are quick to make and a perfect addition to your writing center at preschool.
This is a fun game that works on letter recognition, taking turns, spelling, and more. Oh, and this could totally be used for sight words too.
This name recognition activity is so simple I have never written a post about it – you need a marker, clothespins, and sentence strips. Write out the child’s name on the sentence strip and then the letters on clothespins. That’s it.
This lesson plan is all about names and building your classroom community while working on name recognition.
More Name Activities and Other All About Me Activities
For more name and other All About Me activities, check out our very popular All About Me printable thematic unit.