3 Name Writing Practice Activities

— Ms. Nichole

 

Making name writing practice a hands-on experience can be so much more meaningful and fun with no adding pressure! Below are 3 activities that would be great to try at home. 

 

  1. Rainbow Name Writing- I know many of our P2 friends love anything rainbow related! 

A simple way to encourage name writing practice and letter formation. Children can practice writing the letters in their name and later practice putting the letters in order to spell their name. 

 

Materials:

  • White paper- thick paper preferred such as cardstock, as it will hold up better as your child uses them. 
  • You can write your child’s name by hand or type and print out.
  • Markers, crayons or colored pencils. 

 

 

Steps:

  • Set out some markers and crayons for your child to use.
  • Invite them to write each letter inside the bubble letters numerous times with different colors. Using the colors of the rainbow should intrigue them. 🙂
  • You can first model writing the letter yourself while they observe, as well as verbalize what you are doing. For example- writing the letter ‘e’: “go across then up and around”. (I did this while helping P2 friends with their writing books).
  • After modeling the letter you can then help by guiding their hand with yours.
  • After the previous 2 steps, your child may feel confident to do it on his/her own. 
  • After they have finished filling in each letter many times, cut out the letters. You can invite your child to cut them out themselves if up to it (Some nice cutting practice). 
  • Mix up the letters and help them put them in order to spell his/her name. 

 

Comments:

To make this activity more of a game, hide each letter around the room! Your child can search for all the letters before using them to spell their name. As they find the letters, it provides the opportunity to hear them voice which letters are still needed to be found! 

 

Tips:

  • Your child may have not mastered holding a pencil correctly for writing and that is OK! Working on correcting pencil grip doesn’t need to be reinforced for this particular activity. 
  • It’s normal for the activity to be a bit challenging, but if your child is beginning to get frustrated, be sure to modify the activity. Such as:
    • Help your child trace the letters with his/her finger
    • Simply color in the bubble letters like a coloring page rather than writing letters within each bubble letter. You can still cut them out and practice spelling their name! 

 

2. Tactile Name Writing Practice

 

Tactile activities are known for being the most effective. When making an activity tactile, it helps the child’s brain to better understand and retrieve information. It also allows the activity to become creative and exciting! This tactile name writing practice book is super simple to make, and you may find it to be very helpful to teach your child how to write their name.

 

Materials

  • Glitter glue
  • Blank paper to make a book- index cards, cardstock 
  • Hole punch and string or binder ring

 

Steps:

  • First page- Write their name out fully with glitter glue  
  • Each page, leave out a letter and replace it with an underline. This way they can practice the letter that is missing, without the glitter glue and then they trace the rest of the letters.  
  • Eventually, they should be writing their name on the last page, which won’t have any of the letters. 

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  • Eventually, they should be writing their name on the last page, which won’t have any of the letters. 

 

 

3. Chalkboard Name Practice, With Water!

 

Steps

  • Write their name on a chalkboard 
  • Have them use a paintbrush dipped in water to trace the letters, watch the letters erase away!