I am taking some time over our break to adjust some of the activities in our daily schedule. There are certain activities that just weren’t working out the way I envisioned them. One of these areas is our “Name and Letter Fun” time. Although the name activities we have been doing are working well, we haven’t been consistent about doing them daily.
In an attempt to fix this, I put together five bags for each child. I used some very basic supplies that we had around the house.
The kids will do each activity once per week. Each day one of the bags will be sitting out at the child’s snack spot. When we finish calendar time, the kids will sit and work with their name bag for the day while I finish getting snack ready. These activities are designed to take just a couple of minutes, and for the most part the kids will do them on their own. I will check their spelling and review as I give them their snacks.
I plan to use these bags for one month and then create new bags. For this month I focused on letter recognition and putting the letters of their names in the correct order. They are not forming the letters or writing them for these activities.
By placing each child’s materials in their own personal bags I was also able to differentiate a bit based on the child’s needs. One child will be working with all capital letters, and another child will be focusing on a capital letter at the beginning and lowercase letters for the rest of the name.
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This simple idea from Creative Learning Fun is great because it also incorporates some fine motor practice as the kids pinch the clothespins to spell their names. You can add colored dots with the letters to the note card for kids who still need guidance in spelling their names or leave the note card blank and only include the clothespins with letters on them like I did here. It might also be fun to add a small picture of your child to the note card.
Our second set of bags includes magnetic letters. This month I am only including the letters in each child’s name. Next month I will likely add a few additional letters to increase the difficulty a bit. We are also using the lowercase letters so the kids can recognize both.
Craft Stick Names
The third set of bags includes craft sticks with letters on them. I gave each child a different color of craft sticks in case we get them mixed up.
For more ideas using craft sticks to learn name recognition visit our Pick Up Sticks Name Game Ideas.
Foam Letter Names
Another day we will use foam letters to spell the kids’ names. I had these ones on hand, but glitter letters or sandpaper letters would also be fun.
Glass Bead Names
I had these large glass beads that are flat on the bottom, and the kids love to play with them in our sensory bins or small world play. I decided to write letters on them and use them for name building this month.
Did I tell you the activities were simple? Simple! It was quick to put these together, and having them all in one place ready to grab each day should help us fit in our name practice more regularly. I will update you with our new name activities in February, but you can also find more ideas now on my Learning Names Pinterest Board.
What are some of your favorite activities for learning names? How do you incorporate them into your schedule?
Personalized items can also be a fun and natural way for children to recognize their names. Frecklebox has a great selection of stickers, lunchboxes, notebooks, coloring books, story books, and more.