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Help your child become familiar with their name in print with this hands-on insect-themed name recognition activity. It’s perfect for spring and summer learning.
The more name recognition activities you can do with your preschoolers the better. Grace is going to preschool in August so we have really been working hard on name recognition.
I want her to be able to recognize her name and the letters that make up her name. I want her to know she’s important and learning her name is part of that.
That’s why this I’m a Little Buggy summer name recognition activity is so great! It combines her two favorite things right now, summer and her name!
I’m a Little Buggy Name Recognition Activity
This activity is perfect for any toddler, homeschool, preschool, Per-K or Kindergarten classroom.
What You’ll Need
• I’m a Little Buggy Printable (click the link to download)
How to Use This Printable
The first thing I did was cut out enough bugs for each letter in her name. Then I helped Grace color the leaf and bugs.
As we were doing that we talked about letters and went over the letters in her name. While we were talking I wrote her name on the I’m a Little Buggy printable.
Then, I let her play with the bugs for a few minutes before we got started. Sometimes Grace really wants to play, and that’s totally okay.
She still only 4, and playing is so important. I find that if I let her play for a few minutes with the activity before we actually start working, she is more likely to finish the activity and stay engaged.
Then I told her it was her job to place the bugs on the leaf to spell her name. As she was doing this we went over each letter again.
How did my daughter do with this activity?
Grace really thought this activity was so cute. She’s a girlie girl, but she sure does like a good bug. She also loves learning all about her name so this activity was a winner.
What did she learn during this activity?
• Name recognition
• Name memorization
• Letter recognition
• Problem solving skills
• Following directions
This little name recognition activity is a great way to help your little one learn their name. It’s also perfect for the summer which is right around the corner. Get your child excited about their name and do this fun activity today!
Fun Books About Names
• The Name Jar | Being the new kid in school is hard enough, but what about when nobody can pronounce your name? Having just moved from Korea, Unhei is anxious that American kids will like her. So instead of introducing herself on the first day of school, she tells the class that she will choose a name by the following week.
• Chrysanthemum | Chrysanthemum thinks her name is absolutely perfect—until her first day of school. “You’re named after a flower!” teases Victoria. “Let’s smell her,” says Jo. Chrysanthemum wilts. What will it take to make her blossom again?
• A My Name is Alice | Young readers will delight in meeting such characters as Barbara, the bear with balloons for sale in Brazil; New York Ned, the newt who owns a noodle emporium, and finally the zipper-selling Zambian zebra and zebu, Zelda and Zach.
• A Porcupine Named Fluffy | A porcupine named Fluffy is happier with his name after he meets a similarly misnamed rhinoceros.
Kids can get even more name recognition practice with a hand-crafted wooden name puzzle! They can work on letter recognition, spelling, and building their name all with one activity.
Or, how about a name train? A wooden train featuring the letters in your child’s name. They’ll love driving the train around and will learn the letters in their name while they play.