Build Your Name

Here is a fun, sorting activity that will also help your preschooler better understand which letters belong in their name. 

It will also help them understand the sequence of letters needed to build their name. You can find many activities like this on our Alphabet Activity Cards and Breakfast Invitations. 

Why Practice Name Construction with your Preschooler?

  • By Kindergarten, children will be asked to write their own name, recognizing that it must begin with a capital letter.
  • They will also be asked to recognize (and print) upper- and lower case letters. 

This is a great game that you can use to work with your preschooler when recognizing the letters, and order of letters, in their name. 

Begin to practice name recognition with this DIY Name Construction Game. 

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  • Greyson has 7 letters in his name, so I drew 4 rows with 7 circles.
  • I also cut out 7 circles for 3 different colors.
  • I would later add one letter of his name to each circle. 

Next, I added my preschooler's name. 

  • The first row of circles included all of the letters and was to remain uncovered. 
  • The second row again included all of the letters of my preschooler's name, and would be used to match with the red circles. 
  • The third row included the first letter, middle letter, and last letter and would match with the blue circles. 
  • The last row included only the first and last letter of my preschooler's name. 

Some Tips I Learned Along the Way:

  • Encourage left to right progression.
  • Encouraged my preschooler to recognize the repetition of letters in each row.
  • Encouraged completing a color before moving to the next row.
  • Encouraged remaining in letter order. G-r-e-y-s-o-n.
  • Use terms such as upper case G, lower case r, etc. 

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No craft punch? Try cutting index cards to make squares. 

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Preschool Name Recognition Extension:

Lastly, I asked my preschooler if he would like to glue on his letters.

Here is where you can get the chance to step away and allow them to take over. Go ahead, go sit down, mama! 

Extension for Preschool Name Recognition:

Add clothespins for grabbing the letters. 

This will improve fine motor muscles, which will later help with skills such as writing and cutting. 

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Need another name construction idea? Check out Lu from the Mama Workshop's cardboard name construction game. I love it! 

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