Today we are showing some really fun name writing practice ideas for kids that are way more fun than just practicing on plain paper. It is really important that kids can easily write both their first name and last name before they go to Kindergarten. Don’t let this task be intimidating or frustrating because we have the easy way to practice your child’s name with a lot of fun!
Most children thrive when education is coupled with sensory activities. We’ve put together a bunch of different ways you can help your child practice writing their name.
Related: Check out our free printable Kindergarten Readiness Checklist
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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 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!
Fun Ways Kids Can Practice Writing Skills
1. Writing Name in Gel Bags
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
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.
3. Dot-to-Dot for Name Writing Practice
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
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
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.
I like all these different fun ways to work on writing skills.
6. Make Name Rainbow Letters
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
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
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 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.
Looking For More Writing and Name Writing Practice Activities?
- Learn how to write in cursive! These cursive practice sheets are so much fun and easy to do. You can learn about uppercase letters and lowercase letters. This is a great opportunity to teach a skill that is quickly dying out.
- Not quite ready to write? Your child can practice on these preschool pre-writing skill worksheets. These are fun practice sheets that will get your child ready to write their names and other words.
- Practice writing with this I love you because worksheet. This is one of the sweetest practice worksheets. Plus it doubles as a coloring sheet.
- Here are 10 fun and engaging handwriting exercises for preschoolers. My favorite is #5. This is great if you’re looking for different materials to keep learning fun.
- These ideas to get your preschooler excited about handwriting are genius! Start teaching your child at a young age so they will be ready when they go to kindergarten.
- Check out these 10 free handwriting worksheets for even more practice. These are great for kindergarten students, preschool students, and any student who may struggle with writing. We all learn in different ways and different paces.
- These are our favorite preschool workbooks!
What name writing practice idea are you going to try first?