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Being able to recognize their name in writing is such an important skill for little ones. This Find My Name – A Quick and Easy Name Recognition Activity will help your child be able to quickly recall their name and memorize how it looks.
I’ve been doing lots of name recognition activities with Grace in the past year or so. It’s something she really likes to do and looks forward to. This Find My Name Activity is one of her favorites and it’s so easy to do we do it every morning! It’s really helped Grace be able to recognize her name.
Simple Name Recognition Game
- White paper
- Black construction paper (optional)
- A black sharpie marker or crayon
- Laminator (optional)
Directions: The first thing I did was print out Grace’s name, my youngest daughter’s name, Mommy, and Puppy (Grace’s favorite stuffed toy) on the computer. You can also just write it with a black crayon or sharpie.
You’ll want to have at least 3 or 4 different names for this activity so your child has an opportunity to have choices. I then cut and glued the names onto black construction paper and laminated them. This made them more durable, and we could do this activity often.
I told Grace we were going to play a really fun name game, and I wanted Puppy to play, too. She was so excited! She ran to get him and we all sat down on the floor.
I put the names on the floor in front of Grace, Puppy, and Madelyn (my 1 ½ year old). I went over each name and who they belonged to. Then, I mixed up the names a little and asked Grace if she could find her own name. Once she found her name she helped give everyone their names.
How did my daughter do with this activity?
We do this activity just about every morning. Grace loves it! At this point she is able to quickly grab her name, so I add other names (stuffed toys she plays with) or I print up the names again in a different font or color.
She thinks it’s funny or I’m trying to trick her and laughs when she picks up her name. She also started to point out thing that the names had in common like capital letters at the beginning and matching letters. That was so great to see!
What does she learn during this activity?
- Name recognition
- Name memorization
- Problem solving skills
- Following directions
Extending this activity is so easy!
There are so many things that can be done to extend this fun and easy activity.
- You could use this activity to learn letters.
- You could use this activity to learn sight words.
- You could use this activity to learn color words.
This activity was one of the easiest activities to put together that I’ve ever done, but has had a very large impact on Grace’s learning. She really loves doing this name recognition activity, and it only takes a few minutes to put together. Help your child recognize their name and play this fun activity today!