If you’re a regular reader of Fun-A-Day, you already know how I love teaching using kids’ names! There’s so much learning that takes place as children explore their names and the names of their friends. Previously, I shared over 15 preschool name activities to try with the kiddos. Since then, my students and I have done even more with name learning. So here are 10 more name ideas to try out with your preschoolers!
#PLAYfulpreschool learning with preschool name activities
If you’ve been following along most Wednesdays for the past few months, you’ve seen some themed posts from the #PLAYfulpreschool team. I’ve really enjoyed sharing lesson plans with other parents and educators, and I hope you all have enjoyed it too. This Wednesday’s focus is sharing a round-up of preschool ideas. Below are 10 preschool name activities to try out soon!
1. Colorful pumpkin seed names
2. Name activity inspired by “Baa, Baa, Black Sheep”
3. Blinged-out fairy tale names
5. Word wall filled with names
6. Winter-y, marshmallow names
7. Name writing in vanilla spice sensory tray
9. Name snowmen
10. Spicy apple print letters and names
How do preschool name activities teach kids?
The main reason I like using kids’ names to teach is because names are meaningful. I am ALL ABOUT fun and meaningful learning experiences! Children have ownership over their names, which makes their names important. Therefore, kids will be more interested in anything done with their names!
Here are just some of the concepts that can be taught using children’s names (as well as their friends’ names, their family members’ names, their teachers’ names, etc.) –
- Letter identification
- Letter sounds
- Letter formation
- Reading/writing left to right
- Comparing and contrasting
- Sight word recognition
What are some of your favorite preschool name activities? I love hearing how other parents/teachers integrate learning with kids’ names. I’m sure I’ll be doing even more in the next year!
More #PLAYfulpreschool ideas to use in the new year
Free preschool thematic lesson plans from The Educators’ Spin On It
Favorite literacy ideas for preschool from Growing Book By Book
All About Me Books
These name activities are great for any time of year, but they go perfectly with an “all about me” theme. And if you’re a regular reader of Fun-A-Day, then you probably already know that I cannot pass up the opportunity to recommend some great books for preschool.
Since these activities will fit in really well with an “all about me” theme, I would like to recommend some books that are perfect for that same theme! Check them out below.
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Done-for-You Preschool Resources
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Jodie @ Growing Book by Book says
So many neat ideas. I especially like the candy cane ornaments!
OMGOSH!!!! I am trying to put together craft kits for when my 4yr old grandson is here for Christmas. I consider myself crafty, but these ideas at SO COOL!!!! It REALLY helps that during my search I have found more stuff than we could possibly make! Bonus, my shopping list, so far, is pretty short! (Yes, ‘m a craft hoarder.)
Mary Catherine says
You sound like an incredibly fun grandma! I won’t judge you for your craft hoarding. You should see our craft closet at home! 😉