We have a very busy start to September coming up, so I decided to get a head start on our first week’s activities to ensure we have time to squeeze everything in. The best part is, that means I already have a few activities to share with you! We have a lot of great name learning activities on our “My Name Is” Lesson plan, but a couple of our favorites are the Name Shape Puzzle and the First Letter of My Name Collage so I thought I’d highlight those as our ” Activities of the Week”!
Name Shape Puzzle
This activity is an absolute home run. It is simple to put together and targets so many of the various skills I am currently working on with my two year old!
What You Do:
- begin by cutting out pairs of shapes – enough to spell your child’s name, using the same shape for duplicate letters.
- write your child’s name on one set of the shapes and glue the other set in the same order to a white piece of paper (or two taped together for longer names)
To start the activity, I laid the white paper with shapes on it in front of my daughter. Together we went down the line, identifying each shape and color. I asked her to trace around the shapes with her finger after we talk about them as a tactical component. Next I randomly spread the shapes with letters on them out in front of her and asked if she could find the letter that her name starts with and match it to the shape on the paper. We continued down the line, spelling her entire name and matching shapes to help us as we went. To finish the activity, I had her hand me each letter, saying “give me a __” then she would say the letter back to me and hand me the letter. I really like this activity because it’s something any toddler with the ability to match could pick up on and be able to complete on their own after limit instruction.
First Letter of My Name Collage
This activity is a lot of fun because it incorporates your child’s name and things they love that start with the same letter – what can be better than that?
What You Do:
- cut the first letter of your child’s name out of construction paper – the bigger the better
- Google images of things your child loves that also start with that letter – print and cut out
To begin this activity I laid out the letter cut-out along with all the images in front of my daughter. I asked her to identify each of the images and we talked about what letter sound they start with. I then gave her a glue stick and asked her to glue the various images to the letter. At the end, we glued the entire letter to a piece of construction paper and wrote “__ is for child’s name” on it. My favorite part about this activity is that it was not only fun to create, but after hanging it on the wall we have gotten so much use out of talking about the different things that start with the letter of her name. I has really provided us with a lot of great learning opportunities!
That’s all for this week. Check back soon for more All About Me Activities!