Today we are showing some really fun name writing activities and practice ideas for kids that are way more fun than just practicing on plain paper. Name writing is an important skill for kids to easily write both their first name and last name before they go to Kindergarten. Don’t let name writing practice be intimidating or frustrating because we have the easy way to practice your child’s name with a lot of fun! Use these name writing activities at home or in the classroom. Use these writing practice techniques for other words too.

Name activities for preschool kids like connecting dots and glitter and glue writing.
I love these name activities for preschool kids and older! They’re so fun they will forget they are learning.

Best Name Writing Practice Ideas for Kids

It is important for your child to know how to write his/her name. Being able to write your name without prompting is a basic Kindergartener skill: using the proper letters of the alphabet in the correct order.

Related: Check out our free printable Kindergarten Readiness Checklist & Does Your Child Reverse Letters p and q? Grab a Free p and q Reversal Worksheets Activity Pack!

Name writing practice is more fun and effective when coupled with sensory activities. Here are a bunch of different and creative ways you can help your child practice writing their name in fun ways. We also have free name writing practice sheets you can print at the bottom of this article.

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Name Writing Practice Tips

Helping your child practice writing their name gives your child the confidence to do their best in school and feel great about it.

  • Don’t just have them practice their first name, but their last name also.
  • This would also be a good way to teach about capital letters and that the first letter of your child’s name needs to be capitalized.
  • Plus, practicing is also important fine motor skills practice and help with letter recognition. 

Use these Writing Practice Activity Ideas Other Ways

What is even cooler, not only can these help your young learners learn their names, but this would be a good way to teach sight words as well!

Related: This is part of our homeschool preschool curriculum of play based learning

We hope you and your kids enjoy the activities we’ve put together for you to help gain the necessary skills to write your first name and last name with ease.

Fun Ways Kids Can Practice Writing Skills

1. Writing Name in Gel Bags for Easy Name Tracing

Name writing practice shown here in gel bag - child drawing name in a plastic bag filled with gel - Kids Activities Blog
Let’s practice writing our name!

These are brilliant. Fill a giant Ziploc bag with about half a bottle of hair gel and some food coloring. To use, write their name on a page. Lay the gel bag over the paper. Your kids trace the letters to make their name.

This is a fun way to teach kids (2 year old and up) how to write their name. It’s mess free and you don’t have to worry about little ones sticking fingers and glitter and such in their mouths.

2. Creating Sandpaper Letters of Name for Practice Tracing

Name writing practice shown here is piece of sandpaper with yarn on top with child fashioning a letter with the piece of yarn
Name practice with sandpaper letters!

Kids love sensory experiences. This one helps your kids recognize that letters need to be formed in a particular order. Write their name on sandpaper. Your child needs to use yarn to form the letters of their name. Check out this activity idea from Preschool Basics.

3. Dot-to-Dot for Name Writing Practice to Write Your Name

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Practice writing names with homemade dot to dot worksheets.

This is an especially useful technique for older kids who have learned all the wrong habits. Create a series of dots and number from where they start. Your kids need to follow the dots in order. Start with lots of dots and as your child gets more practice, remove dots.

This is a great way for a preschool teacher and kindergarten teachers to not only learn their name, letter formation, but also work on fine motor skills as well.

4. Glittery Letters Name Letters – Cool Way to Write Name

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Practice writing your name in glitter!

Review their name multiple days in a row. Using a stiff piece of paper or cardboard, write their names. Your child traces letters of their name with glue. Cover the glue with glitter. When it has dried you can trace the letters with your fingers.

What a great way to get your little learners to practice their names. Plus, it gives your child a creative outlet as well..I would suggest putting something under to catch the excess glitter.

5. Scramble and Unscramble the Letters of Name

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Practice spelling your name with fridge magnets

One of the precursors to writing their name is recognizing it and deciphering the order of the letters in their name. Practice putting letters in order from left to right with this fun name activity. Refrigerator letters and foam letters work well for this activity. We love using the magnetic letters on the fridge. I like all these different fun ways to work on writing skills.

6. Make Name Rainbow Letters for Colorful Practice Tracing Name

Cool ways to write your name using blue crayons, orange, pink, and purple, and red.
Looking for cool ways to write your name? Use crayons to write your name in rainbow!

Give your child a handful of crayons. They get to trace their name over and over again. Each time using a different crayon. You will be surprised at how fast your kids will become experts at writing letters with this technique.

This is first place in name writing practice fun. Mixing colors, building colors, going wild with the crayons, what fun!

7. Chalk-Board Swabs for Name Practice

If you have a chalk board this is super handy and fun! Write their name on the board with chalk. Give your kids a handful of cotton swabs and a capful of water. Your kids need to erase the letters using the swabs.

If you don’t have a chalk board, you can also use a dry erase marker board! You can buy all the different colored dry erase pens to make it more fun.

8. Highlighter Tracing Exercises with Name Letters

Name writing doesn't have to be hard. First write your childs name with highlighter then trace it
Name writing doesn’t have to be hard! Let your little one trace their name first!

Write the letters of their name with thick lines using a bright highlighter marker. Your kids trace the letters “ their goal is to stay inside the line of the highlighter markings. As they become a more confident writer, make the letters thinner and smaller.

9. Masking Tape Street Letters Fun with Name

Form the letters of their name in tape on the floor. Grab the bin of cars. Your kids get to drive around the letters of their name. Encourage them to move their vehicles along the roads the way they would write the letters.

This is one of many great ideas. Mix play and learning to keep it interesting for young children.

10. Play Dough Etching of Child’s First Name & Last Name

Etch your child’s name into play dough using a pencil. Your child can trace the lines. Then roll it flat and trace their name very softly. Your kids need to etch their name deeply following the lines you made. The tension of the dough will help develop the muscle motor control needed to write.

Free Name Writing Practice Worksheets You Can Print

  1. The first printable pdf practice sheet has blank lines to fill in the child’s first and last name for tracing, copy work or writing from scratch.
  2. The second printable handwriting practice sheet is an About Me printable page where kids can write their first name and last name and then fill in a little about themselves.

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What name writing practice idea are you going to try first?

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