Here are a bunch of name activity ideas that you can use with your kids. Kids love themselves and they love their name. That’s why using name activities is a super way to help kids learn about early literacy concepts in a meaningful way.
These name activities will 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
Incorporate a name activity in a pond or frog themed sensory table. Use these letter rocks, along with water beads and plastic frogs….so much fun.
Pool Noodle Names
Cut up some pool noodles to make pool noodle name activities.
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.
Name Activity Books
Kids can practice recognizing and writing their names in many different ways with these custom name writing activity books.
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 Activity Mats
Kids can use playdough, dry erase markers, and letter squares to practice their names with these name practice activity mats.
Name Cards in the 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? Add some blank books and name cards to your writing center.
Here is printable name worksheet by Powerful Mother that you can customize. Add some excitement by providing different types of writing instruments.
Kids enjoy putting together name puzzles. These bright, colorful name puzzles are such a hit that I have added many versions to my store.
My favorite are these crayon name puzzles will be a hit with your kids.
Or, your animal lovers will love these wiener dog name puzzles.
These school bus name puzzles are perfect for the beginning of the school year our during a transportation theme unit.
This train name puzzle is another activity that is perfect for a transportation theme. You can also use it to support a book study of Freight Train or The Little Engine That Could.
Printable Sticky Notes
Print names on sticky 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.
The Name Song
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.
If you are looking for additional hands-on name activities, check out the following resources in my TPT store.