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5 Name Games for Preschoolers to Help with Name Recognition

There are so many ways to have children practice recognizing their own name. Using name cards, name game activities and name book ideas to suggest a few. These super cute name games for preschoolers incorporate a fun way for young children to practice recognition letters of their name.

Name Games for Preschoolers Monster Card Letter Hunt Gross Motor Game Printable PDF
Name Games for Preschoolers Monster Card Letter Hunt Gross Motor Game Printable PDF

Fun Name Activities

I love finding new ways to practice letter recognition. I usually have a set of magnetic letters, lowercase letters and play dough for fine motor skills on hand for these activities and more!

A child’s name is a great way to practice letter recognition.

The best place to start with these activities is to have kids practice important skills in small groups or as a whole class. There are different ways you can do this during circle time or in groups.

For instance, have kids play name game ideas listed at this blog post here.

I have written so many lesson plans on favorite things to make like name crafts.

Name Recognition Activities

If you’re looking for some interactive alphabet recognition and letter ID games and activities. These letter games in this post are used to improve the recognition of letters.

This activity can be done in a variety of ways.

One way is by using the alphabet tiles and placing them in rows on the floor or table.

The child then needs to find the letter or number that corresponds with the puzzle on his sheet.

Another way to play this game is by using flashcards and placing them in a pile on a table or floor. The child then needs to find the card that corresponds with the puzzle on his sheet.

It’s great to have kids practicing different activities for names at an early age.

Check out this super cute name game cookie jar song from Growing Book by Book:

Name activities for Who Took the Cookies From the Cookie Jar?

Students’ names can be printed on these editable name mats and then used with dot markers, play dough, pin poking, qtip paint and more!

Creative-Name-Writing-Worksheet

Name Games for Gross Motor Skills

Kids will have so much fun with this monster letter hunt activity printable. Just print as many cards as you need to create letter cards.

Hide them around the room for the kids to find (letters in their name), then they will collect each card, write the letter they found in the box, then write the letters in their name in order in the bottom box.

Search and find around the room letter activities for name games FREE template
Search and find around the room letter activities for name games FREE template

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You can also use a sensory bin and have the kids look for the letters in their name that way.

You can add as many writing tools as you wish, like markers, crayons, pencils and more.

In this activity featured, I used uppercase letter fonts, however a preschool teacher would know if her students need to practice uppercase or lowercase letters and which ones would suit her class.

Kids can master their last name also after they have practiced their first name.

Playdough to Plato has this super cute game which can be used with simple blocks.

Top 5 Ways to Teach A Child to Spell Her Name {Playdough to Plato}

A super fun activity for name recognition I love is using a white crayon, writing the name on a paper and then have the kids paint over the written name to reveal the name underneath.

You can also do this with first letter of their name. This is fantastic fun for name practice.

This super cute game from the Kindergarten Connection is a craft / game where kids build their own ‘crayon box’. Use the free template found at the post!

Students can use the personalized crayon boxes to build their names with the letter crayon pieces.
Students can use the personalized crayon boxes to build their names with the letter crayon pieces.

Name Games for the Classroom

Name activities for preschoolers can be anything from arts and crafts to outdoor games. It is up to the parent or the teacher to know what their child would like and what they are capable of doing.

Arts and crafts: Arts and crafts are a great way for kids to use their creativity, explore different materials, and learn about shapes, colors, sizes, textures, etc.

Activities that involve painting or drawing with watercolors or markers are usually a favorite among kids because it’s so easy for them to get messy!

Check out this do a dot printable for name activities:

Do a dot marker activity pages name editable templates PDF
Do a dot marker activity pages name editable templates PDF

If you have the space in your house or yard then art projects such as painting on rocks or making an art collage out of leaves can be a fun way for kids to get creative.

Outdoor games: Outdoor games are a great way for kids of all ages (not only do they help with movement but also exploration and critical thinking skills).

More letters of the alphabet activities for Pre-K:

Name Games for Preschoolers Around the Room Letter Hunt

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