10 Clever Ways To Get Your Child Ready To Write Their Name
One of the first things that any child will be taught to write, is of course, their own name! While this may seem a simple enough task to us, it’s actually a really difficult thing for kids to do. Not only do they need to learn how to hold a pencil, but they also need to be able to move and manipulate it correctly. The very first step in teaching your child how to write their name doesn’t involve a pencil at all! Nope, before your child picks up a pencil to learn to write, they need to be immersed in sensory experiences and activities that encourage letter identification and pattern recognition. These ten clever sensory activities will give your child the basic foundation they need in order to learn how to write their name.
1. Grab some play dough and ask your child to roll the dough to form the letters of their name.
2. Sit in the sandpit or go to the beach and write your child’s name in the sand. Have them trace over their name and then try to copy it underneath.
3. Place magnetic letters on your fridge or whiteboard. See if your child can move the letters around to spell their name.
4. Write your child’s name on a piece of paper and cut each letter out individually. Ask your child to rearrange the letters to spell their name.
5. On a piece of paper write down all of the names of people in your family. Have your child point to their name. See if they can trace over their name with their finger or a pencil.
6. Write the letters of your child’s name onto clothes pegs. Ask them to put the pegs in the correct order.
7. Grab out your box of Lego and see if you and your child can work together to build their name out of blocks.
8. Take some chalk outside and write your child’s name on the footpath. Get them to trace over their name with a leaf or a different coloured piece of chalk.
9. Collect bottle caps and write the letters of your child’s name onto the top. See if they can rearrange the caps into the correct order.
10. Place foam or magnetic letters into a tub with some other random items. Ask your child to find the hidden letters and then arrange them into the correct order.
These activities are designed to teach your child to recognise the letters in their name. Over time they will become familiar with the shape of the letters, as well as the order in which they occur. Through these sensory experiences of tracing, manipulating, building and moldings objects, your child will become more confident in recognizing their own name and will have developed the skills necessary to begin to write their name using a pencil or crayon.