This weekend I launched Lunch Break Learning Preschool Plans. These weekly preschool plans give busy parents one simple educational activity to do with their preschoolers a day. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic and trying to juggle caring for their children while working remotely for the first time. It’s hard, and I know many parents are overwhelmed, and who can blame them?! These plans give parents one activity focused on different learning areas to do during their lunch break or whenever works for them. I have ten weeks of plans prepped, and new plans are released every Saturday. This name puzzle activity is on this week’s lesson plan. Even if you have more time to focus on your child’s education right now, I’d love for you to check it out because all the ideas are low prep, use everyday materials, and are 100% educational. Now let’s get to these name puzzles!
Gather your materials. You will need some paper, a marker, an envelope, and scissors.
Start by writing your child’s name on a piece of paper. Use an uppercase letter for the first letter and lowercase for the remaining letters.
Cut the letters out, so each letter is its own puzzle piece.
Pop them in an envelope.
Present the envelope to your child saying,” What is in here? Let’s find out!” Take each letter out of the envelope and have your child name it if they can. If not, you name it.” Look, it’s a lowercase o, what’s next? Oh, look a lowercase y… until you get all the letters out. They do not have to be in order.
When they are all out, ask your child if they recognize the letters. “What do you think these letters could spell?” Let your child play with them. Together spell your child’s name. Mix them up and spell it again.
If your child is just beginning to learn how to spell their name, write their name on an additional piece of paper and have them match them up instead of piece it together without a guide.
If your child has already mastered this and is ready for some sight words, you can use sight words instead of names. Find sight word lists here or use what your child’s teacher has sent.
If you are looking for some excellent materials to have on hand while educating your children at home, one of my must-haves is these letter magnets. You can find them on Amazon with my affiliate link here –> letter magnets.
You can find ways to use them for remote learning here –> Letter Magnet Activities.