I love finding ways to learn letters without putting pencil to paper! Lisa shares a cute idea for spelling activity preschoolers who are learning to spell their names.
My four year old has been able to spell his name out loud for a few weeks now, so I knew he was ready to put all the letters together visually.
- a piece of white paper
- markers, crayons or pencil crayons in the colors of the rainbow
jumbo popsicle sticks (affiliate link)
You’ll need one popsicle stick for each letter of their name plus a few extra if they have 4 letters or less in their name.
To start this spelling activity for preschoolers, I took one piece of plain white paper and drew the outline of the rainbow with their respective colors.
I did this for him because I know he did not quite have the ability to do this on his own. If you have older children, they can do this for themselves.
I then used colored pencils to mark the colors in between the rainbow lines for he could fill in the rainbow himself.
This is a great spatial activity as well as a review of colors while they fill in their rainbow!
Once he finished, we flipped the paper over and spaced out the popsicle sticks to fit on the paper.
He then glued them down on the paper using a glue stick.
Once done, I cut between each popsicle stick to create the puzzle piece strips, because I wanted relatively straight lines for our puzzle pieces to sit next to each other.
Thinking back now, some not-so-perfect puzzle edges might have been fun too. Your preschooler might be able to do this cutting – give it a try! You might be surprised.
Does your preschooler love scissors like mine? Here are some fun ideas for cutting practice!
After the puzzle was cut out, I then added the letters of his name to the rainbow on each strip.
My son has a shorter (four-letter) name, so I added a pot of gold at the beginning and at the end of the rainbow to complete and extend the puzzle.
If your child’s name is longer, you could skip this part.
I mixed the pieces up and let him put it together.
He immediately started to put the letters of his name together. He did not bother with the pot of gold.
Once he realized pieces were missing, he used his logical thinking skills and stopped to add the pot of gold at the beginning and end.