One of the first words we learn to spell is our own name. It is the most important word to a young child!
Here are 5 hands-on ways to practice learning your name that all use playdough. Your child will have lots of hands-on literacy fun.
5 Ways to Learn Your Name
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We prefer to make our own playdough. It lasts for months and is fun to make with the kids. You can buy playdough very inexpensively though if you prefer not to make it.
For all of the activities it is helpful to have your child’s name written down on a piece of paper for her to reference while she works.
1. Trace the Dots
Use a straw or glowstick to create dot letters in your child’s name. Then, have your child use the glowstick or a pencil to trace the letters in her name. The playdough is a great surface for your child to drag the pencil or glowstick through to form each letter.
2. Build a Name
Roll the playdough into snakes. Have your child use the snakes to create the letters in her name.
3. Playdough Name Puzzle
Learn Your Name Letter Puzzle is a fun way for kids to develop spatial awareness while learning how to spell their name.
4. Letter Stamping
Stamps don’t just have to be used with a stamp pad. Use alphabet stamps to imprint the playdough. Roll a piece of playdough about a 1/4 inch. Then, use the stamps to spell a name.
5. Playdough Letter Maze
Work on visual tracking while trying to reach your name destination. Roll the playdough into long snakes. Use the snakes to create a maze. Have your child spell her name with magnets or puzzle letters at the end of the maze. To play she can drive a toy car or walk a toy animal through the maze.
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For more great learning your name resources head over to Preschool Powol Packets.