Name activities help kids learn to recognize and spell their names. They also provide a great way to help kids learn about letters, sounds, and even rhymes in meaningful ways. Let’s face it….young kids LOVE themselves. That’s why name activities are always a hit. Here is a big list of name activity ideas for you.
Bottle Cap Name Puzzles
Names on Word Wall
If you have a word wall in your classroom, why not add name cards to it. Find a tutorial and template HERE.
Sorting Magnetic Letters with Name Cards
Kids can learn to recognize the letters in their names by sorting magnetic letters. Use the same name card template as above to make your own name cards.
Name Matching Game
Make a name matching game. Kids can match up their friends’ pictures and names. They can also sort names by beginning letter, number of letters, etc.
Insert kids’ pictures with names into a small photo album to create a simple picture book.
Picture Name Puzzles
Make a name picture puzzle. Here is one by Tot Schooling.
ABC Lift-the-Flap Name Book
An ABC Lift-the-Flap Book will help kids focus on the beginning sound/letter in names.
Name Parking Lot
Frugal Fun for Boys added letters to matchbox cars and created a cardboard name parking lot.
Name Cards in Writing Center
Kids often enjoy writing when they can write about something that is interesting to them. What…or rather, who is more interesting than their friends?
Here is printable name worksheet by Powerful Mother that you can customize. Add some excitement by providing different types of writing instruments.
Printable Post-it Notes
Print names on Post-it notes and use them for target practice. You can also hide the notes around the room. Print two copies of each name and have kids find the matching names. Get the free printable template HERE.
Willoughby Wallaby Woo
This is a classic song by Raffi. Not only is it a fun way to learn names, but it is a GREAT way to introduce the concept of rhyming to kids.
Similar to the Willoughby Wallaby rhyme above, you can create a name rhyme with different sounds and animals.
This song helps children hear the sounds and syllables in each individual name.
Hickety Pickety Bumblebee
You might find several variations of this song/rhyme. It will help kids learn everyone’s name and will help kids learn to hear the sounds and syllables in each name.
The Name Game
This is another name song that will help with rhyming. My kiddo loved singing this song on road trips….for every single person we knew.