Looking for a fun name recognition activity for your pre-writing toddler or preschooler? Your child might not have the dexterity for writing, but they can learn how to recognize and even spell their name long before they can write or even trace the letters of their name.
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If you’re new here, we love name recognition activities at our homeschool. You would be amazed at how quickly a toddler can learn to recognize their name. Soon after, they’ll be able to tell you how it’s spelled. And, at some point, they’ll be able to write it all by themselves!
Somewhere in the middle, though, your preschooler will go through a frustrating pre-writing phase, where they know how to spell their name, but they aren’t physically capable of holding a pencil and writing yet.
This can bring tears and feelings of defeat, which is no good for the kids, or even you as the teacher. Their frustration can leave everyone feeling a bit frazzled after a lesson. (I use the word “lesson” loosely here, as preschoolers are constantly learning through play, but you know what I mean).
This is the perfect time to introduce dot markers if you’re not already using them!
Your toddler or preschooler will be able to use them with much more ease, which builds confidence, and works on their fine motor skills. It’s seriously a win, win.
WHILE YOU’RE PLANNING YOUR ALL ABOUT ME THEME:
- Check out my All About Me Unit here. (Use code ALLABOUTME25 for 25% off) If you join my Preschool Program Membership, you’ll get a major discount on all past Unit Studies, and 2 brand new units included each month!
- Here are some fun Activities & Crafts for your Preschooler’s All About Me theme!
- Here’s a list of Books for your All About Me Unit Study.
- Check out this Fun All About Me Song for Preschoolers
All About Me Activities & Crafts We’ve Done at the Moore Homestead:
- All About Me Pizzas
- Emotion Cards for Preschoolers
- Self Portrait Playdough Tray
- Full Body Self Portrait
- Name Recognition Clothespin Clip
- Look How Tall I Am Preschool Science Study
- Family Sensory Bin
- Build your Home Activity
- Things I Like Collage
- All About Me Printable Workbook
- Body Part Flashcards
Name Dot Marker Trace
I set my son up on the floor with his dot markers, and his name written in huge letters on the backside of our full-body self-portrait craft. This was done on bulletin board paper if you’re curious.
I’ve also seen this activity taped to the wall, which is wonderful, especially for toddlers. No matter how you choose to do this activity, even if it’s on regular copy paper, your child will have fun tracing their name with the dot markers. It’s super low-prep, making it a wonderful choice for busy or overwhelming days stuck indoors.
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