When preschoolers head off to preschool for the first time, one of the first things they begin doing is learning to recognize and spell their name and with that, they also practice name writing.
This may or may not happen in the form of them coming home with worksheets with their name printed over and over again. I kind of hope that may not happen, but it does.
Hands-on writing is much more exciting for preschoolers to do than putting pen to paper and writing the same thing over and over again.
Preschoolers also might not be ready to grip the pencil and be able to write in this way yet. And that’s okay.
Okay, quick disclaimer, I know that just sounded like I know what I’m talking about, and kind of sounds like it’s from a teacher’s perspective, but it’s not. I’m a parent, not a teacher (never have been a teacher). This is just information that I’ve gathered through experience and through researching for many years on my own.
Learning to write your name has to be fun!
Making it a hands-on experience can be so much more meaningful.
Over the years, I’ve done many of these in some shape or form, but these are 12 ways that kids can practice name writing (at home or at school) in a way that is fun for them and doesn’t pressure them!
Ways for Preschoolers to Practice Name Writing:
- Highlighters are awesome for tracing anything! Add in glue and yarn and it’s a hands-on experience, or triple the name tracing fun!
- Buggy and Buddy puts rainbow write their names! Writing their name over and over again in different colors to make a rainbow. Make it big and fun!
- Another twist on rainbow writing is rainbow name painting from NurtureStore! Paint over and over in different colors!
- Discover Explore Learn traces letters with paint and Q-tips, put this to their name and the kids will love it!
- Jen’s OT for Kids uses glitter glue to practice name writing! (Get glitter glue here, affiliate link)
- Practice writing their name on the chalkboard, but with water to erase it away like Pyjama School does!
- Make a sensory bag to practice prewriting skills to write the letters of their name (from Play at Home Mom)
- Fingerpaint their name! This idea from Creative Tots is a great one for kids struggling to grip a pencil yet.
- Practice writing their name in a salt sensory tray! Great idea from Bounce Back Parenting. No salt? Try flour!
- Get out the watercolors and trace the letters of their name with a paintbrush! This is a pretty one from Play to Learn Preschool!
- Teach Preschool has a fun name writing game to do on the whiteboard.
- When all else fails, break out a can of shaving cream. This always wins! Write their name in a tray! (From Gift of Curiosity)
Not quite ready to practice name writing yet? Try some of these name activities to start recognizing and spelling their name first.
These affiliate products are non-worksheet ways for kids to practice writing their name.
- Use these WikkiStix letters to write their name
- Use the letter construction set from Learning Resources to build their name
- Use dry erase markers to write their name on the window
- Use sidewalk chalk to write their name outside
Here are 10 more ways to prepare your little ones for school (that have nothing to do with academics!), from TheSaltyMamas.com.