By now, you preschool teachers have been very busy; getting to know your students, planning activites, singing songs and learning all kinds of facinating things. One thing that is truly important in preschool is word/letter/name recognition. A good way to start this is by using sentence strips and writing each child’s name boldly on the strip. Make an activity out of guessing who’s name is on the strip. This can also be used as a transition activity for lining up, going on a walk etc.
A multisensory name activity that is simple and can be very constructive is simply using large construction paper scraps and markers. Teachers prepare ahead of time and write each child’s name on a strip of the construction paper with a marker. Gather together small round sticker sheets (usually used for behavior charts or tallys) and give each child a sheet of stickers. Each child can “trace” their names using the stickers to cover where you wrote with the marker. This will increase fine motor coordination, concentration, is personal to each child and will aid in letter recognition. This activity got a thumbs up – from past experience with the staff and children.
So try it out. This activity can use sequins, beans, small pom poms, etc and glue, as well, but stickers are less of a mess to clean up and will remain attached to the paper. These finished, fancy names will be a welcomed addition to your word wall or the children’s personal cubby space. Have a great time. I’d love to hear more activity ideas and crafts for name and letter recognition. Shoot a comment or an email.