Name Games, Part 2

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March 8 is "Fun Facts About Names Day" so we are reposting two great name activities for you to do with your preschooler!

All Preschoolers are proud of learning to recognize and write their names. Children should learn to write their names using an upper case letter for the first letter and lower case letters for the rest. If they use all upper case letters it is a hard habit to break as they get older. Here are some activities to help them master these skills: Memory, Letter Order, and Rainbow Names.

What You’ll Need:
*Index Cards
*Paper
*Marker
*Crayons, markers or colored pencils (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet)

Preparation for Memory:
*Write each letter of your child’s name on a separate index card. Make 2 sets and mix them together.

Activity for Memory:
*Put the cards face down in rows.
*Take turns with your child picking two cards to see if you can find two that match. Say the name of the letters as they are turned over.
*When you find a pair, put them in a pile.
*If they don’t match turn them back over and try to remember where they are.

Preparation for Letter Order:
*Write the letters of your child’s name each on a separate sheet of paper.

Activity for Letter Order:
*Have your child arrange the letters in order and help if necessary.
*Give your child directions using position words. For example:
• Stand on the first/second/third/last letter of your name.
• Stand on the letter __.
• Stand on the letter that comes before/after the letter __.
• Stand on the letter that is in between the letter __ and the letter __.

Preparation for Rainbow Names:
*Write your child’s name in large letters, leaving extra space between the letters.

Activity for Rainbow Names:
*Have your child trace over the letters of their name using the colors of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, violet).

Suggested Resources:
*Mommy Doesn't Know My Name at Amazon -- a cute story about a little girl whose Mom calls her many affectionate pet names
*Chrysanthemum at Amazon -- a great book to read when learning names