Use these fun printable name puzzles for motivating and meaningful literacy activities for the entire year.
Why are Name Activities Important?
It’s no secret that preschool kids love themselves. Little ones find any activity involving THEIR names to be extremely fun and motivating.
On the practical side, when preschoolers learn to recognize their names, they can identify their cubby or their shelf on the drying rack. But most importantly, the skills of name recognition and name spelling are foundational literacy skills that will help kids understand how letters and sounds work.
What Can I Teach with Name Puzzles?
Every day I hear from excited teachers and parents who use my custom printable name puzzles. My customer review are filled with people who tell me that kids LOVE using these personalized name puzzles.
That’s why I love creating name puzzles! I’m excited to tell you about my new bundle of 11 name puzzles for preschoolers. You can use them all year long for fun and meaningful literacy activities!
You can use these custom name puzzles to help kids learn name recognition. The name puzzles include printable labels so that you can prep the puzzles and store them in a labeled envelope or plastic bag. As kids begin to recognize their names, they can select their puzzle envelopes. I like to encourage them to first look at the first letter of each name to find the correct one.
Soon, they will also begin to identify their classmates’ names.
Let your kids use the label as a model so that they can practice constructing their names. With practice, they will learn to construct their names without a model. eventually, kids can begin to use the puzzles as a guide when they are ready to write their names.
As kids assemble their puzzles, talk about the letters that go together to create their names. They can even use their finger to trace the letters to help them remember their shapes.
Here are some questions you can ask?
- Which letter is first?
- What letter is at the end?
- How many letters make your name?
- Does your friend have any of the same letters?
- Can you find this letter somewhere else in the room?
- Do any of the letters have tails? curves? diagonal lines?
- Which letters are uppercase and which are lowercase?
Each of the printable name puzzles in this bundle includes font options. You can print puzzle pieces with a dark, bold, black font or you can print an outline font. The outline font version is perfect for coloring and practicing letter formation.
Encourage kids to listen to the beginning sound as you say their name. Do any of their friends’ names have the same beginning sound? Can you think of other words that start with that same sound?
After a child completes his or her puzzle, you can make it into a syllable activity. Say their name and clap out the syllables. For example, Gregory has 2 claps and Elizabeth has 4 claps.
You can make a fun rhyming activity with the name puzzles. Substitute the first letter puzzle piece in a name with another letter to create a new, rhyming name. Be aware that this doesn’t work well with names that start with vowels and remember that some names could create questionable rhymes so think about this in advance.
Additional activities with the puzzles
Yes, you can use the puzzles for sooooo many name activities, but you can use the puzzle in so many other ways. Use your imagination. Let me give you some fun ideas.
Color words and Sorting Puzzles
The crayon name puzzles work great for this activity. Print up some puzzles on brightly colored paper. Instead of adding your kids’ names to the puzzle, customize them with the names of the colors.
Puzzles for Sight Word or Spelling Word Practice
Use the editable name puzzles for hands-on sight word or spelling word practice.
Make Puzzle for High Interest or Thematic Words
You can create puzzles for any kind of word. Make a birthday puzzle or use them for seasonal or thematic words.
Counting and number puzzles
Don’t limit yourself to names and words. You can use the puzzles for counting and number activities as well.
Use the Puzzles for Patterning Activities
The train activity puzzles work really well to create patterning activities. Print several puzzles on different colors of paper. You can print letters on the puzzles or print blank puzzles.
Make a Name Game
I made a fun elf-themed name game with the puzzles. I printed several elf name puzzles in different colors so that it’s easy for kids to sort the puzzle pieces.
After sorting the puzzles pieces, kids can use the labels as a reference to spell all the elves’ names.
In addition to fun classroom activities, you can use the puzzles to make a custom and inexpensive gift for Valentine’s Day. The puzzles also make a great gift for Christmas, or birthdays.
Make 11 Different Name Puzzles
The Name Puzzle Bundle in my store includes 11 themes.
The name puzzles can be easily customized with your kids’ names. It’s like having 11 different name puzzle generators.
You can also purchase each of the thematic puzzles individually.
Crayon Name Puzzles
Crayon name puzzles are perfect for name practice at the beginning of the school year. The complete custom puzzles are large and also work well on a bulletin board or as a hallway or door decor.
School Bus Name Puzzles
The school bus name puzzles can be used for name activities at the beginning of the school year or at the end of the year to get kids excited about riding the kindergarten school bus. They are also fun to use for a transportation theme or community helper theme.
Pumpkin Patch Name Puzzles
Turkey Name Puzzles
Snowman Name Puzzles
Celebration Banner Name Puzzles
Use the custom celebration banner name puzzles to ring in the New Year or to celebrate birthdays and special occasions.
Heart Name Puzzle
These heart banner name puzzles will be a fun addition to your Valentine’s Day theme. Print on red or pink paper and place a puzzle in a special envelope to create a sweet Valentine’s Day gift. You can use them to supplement a study on 2D shapes or as a sweet Mother’s Day gift too.
Caterpillar Name Puzzles
Are you looking for additional activities for your bug and insect theme? Try these cute caterpillar name activities.
Dog Name Puzzles
The dachshund name puzzles are one of my favorite designs. Kids love to see their dog grow in length as it creates their name.
Train Name puzzles
Ice Cream Name puzzles
Ice cream name puzzles work perfectly as an end-of-the-school-year or summer-themed activity. My son thinks that ice cream is the perfect year-round treat, so don’t feel like you have to use this name activity during warm weather months.
Purchase the Name Puzzle Bundle
Are you ready to make custom printable name puzzles for your kids? Stop by the store and purchase the bundle today.
Do you prefer to shop at Teacher Pay Teachers? You can also find this name puzzle bundle in my TPT store.