Name Fun Activities – What’s In A Name?

At this time of year, names are very important so, for a play-of-the-day, let’s do some name fun activities. Do you know what’s in a name?name fun activities

Names have letters and sounds. We can hear names with our ears and see them with our eyes. Kids know what their names sound like but knowing what they look like is trickier. At holiday time, we use names a lot. Presents, cards, and the mail use names. We can also play with names.

For a fun activity make names with play dough. (You can print your child’s name on fairly large piece of paper. Use plain letters and start with an upper-case or capital. For the other letters, day cares and play schools usually use lower-case or small letters.) Kids can roll snakes or sausages of play dough and shape them into letters. Another way to make letters is to cut the play dough into strips and bend those into letters. Some kids like straight edges.

math fun with play dough

Besides magnetic letters on a fridge or cookie sheet, there are foam letters for making letters on a rug or piece of paper. Some letters come with sticky backs and peel-off paper.

There are so many flyers and papers in the mail. Sometimes, when looking at print material, kids may notice some of the same letters they see in their names. Little hands can cut out the letters needed or big hands can cut them out and little ones put the letters in order. Gluing is much easier to do than cutting. Occasionally, pictures look like letters. A candy cane turned upside down is a J. Pictures of round objects could be an O. Markers or big crayons are easy to use to trace over the letters. Adults print out the letter and kids follow the lines and curves. Why stop with one color? Kids might enjoy doing a whole rainbow for each letter.

familiarity with letters

One of the tastiest ways to have some fun with names is to use cookie dough and cookie cutters. Bake the letters, spell a name, and then eat it up! Could chocolate be in your name? What are some other name fun activities?

March into Fun with Books, Stories, and Activities #4

Rumpelstiltskin Inspires Play-of-the-Day

rumpelstiltskin-usborneThe story of Rumpelstiltskin inspires today’s play-of-the-day with some name activities. What’s in a name? Lots of fun and learning for kids.

Rumpelstiltskin is the story of a little man who can spin straw into gold. He helps out a maiden and wants her first born in return. When the time comes, the deal will be cancelled if she can guess his name. Who could guess that name? If you do not have a book, you can tell the story to your child. There’s an adapted and updated version of the story in a video below. This book is an Usborne version.

For some fun today, talk with kids about their name. Where did it come from? Does anyone else in the family have that name? Do any friends have that name? Kids can make their name too.

learning to print nameA few ways to make names are to use magnetic letters on the fridge, peel and stick foam letters on anything, rolling out the letters with play dough, or stamping it out with paint dabbers. As early as 2 or 3 years old, children may ‘write their name’. At first, it’s just a few scribbles but these start to look more like letters. Often, there is a fairly recognizable first letter followed by a few more marks. About the age of 4 or 5, most children are printing their own names and maybe the names of other family members too. *Since most programs and schools will use a capital letter for the first letter in a name, followed by lower case letters, this is the best way to start.

Printing names is often children’s first venture into the world of written communication. We can help them in a variety of ways such as lightly printing the letters for them to trace over, drizzling it with syrup on a pancake, squeezing the letters on a plate with ketchup, and printing it out nice and big for them to copy. What better way to start the journey of learning to write than with a name?