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Grady’s now 3 and we’re currently working on having him be able to recognize his name in writing. He’s been able to tell us what his name is for quite some time, but being able to see his name and know that it’s his name – is a whole different story! Below you’ll find a few ideas for name recognition activities for preschoolers that I’ve been using (or planning to use) over the next few months with him.
Name Recognition Activities for Preschoolers
- Use their name in art and craft activities: From play dough to chalk to paint – write their name as often as you can. And point it out to them, too!
- Focus on the specific letters of their name: Use foam letters, beads, magnets, put the letters of their name on rocks, pull out abc blocks that spell their name, get a personalized puzzle with their name on it – like the one I’m reviewing below from Stuck on You.
- Label their stuff: Cups, books, toys, clothes, shoes, etc. If you can label it – go for it! The more opportunity for them to see their name the better. Our book labels from Stuck on You have been a big hit.
- Make it sensory: Dig the letters of their name out of a bin of rice, write their name in shaving cream, finger paint their name, fish for the letters in their name out of the tub. etc. Have fun with it!
Stuck on You
If you’re looking for something personalized, Stuck on You is your place to go. Whether you’re looking for items to help with the back to school season, daycare, or just to use at home – they’ve got labels galore, gifts, and party supplies – all adorned with your child’s name. And you can pretty much get anything with your child’s name on it. And if you can’t – there’s a label for it!
I picked out book labels and personalized name puzzles for both Grady and Haley. Grady’s at the “it’s mine” stage, so the book labels have been perfect to put on books that are clearly his. And he loves seeing the little label when he opens them. Puts a smile on his face every time. He’s not as into his name puzzle as I thought he’d be, but Haley sure loves them! So it all worked out in the end.
The wooden name puzzles are made from wood that’s MDF and lead free and the letters have little wooden knobs on them that are easy for little hands to grasp. You can choose either primary or girl colors – although you don’t get to specifically choose the letter color. I went with primary colors for both Haley and Grady – although I would have gotten the girl colors for Haley if it had been available when I ordered. It only gives you the option of choosing up to nine characters for the name, which wasn’t a problem for us, but that might be an issue if your child’s name is long. Regardless, I love how they both turned out. The colors are vibrant and the pieces fit perfectly within the puzzle.
We had tons of choices when it came to picking out the book labels. Many different designs and font styles to choose from, and then each design includes four different pictures. Each book label says, “This book belongs to” and then includes your child’s name (first and last). Each pack of labels come with 1 sheet of each picture, with 6 labels per sheet, except one sheet has only 5 – there’s a bar code in the 6th spot. So 23 labels in all. Overall, the colors are bright, the print quality was good, and they stuck well in our books.
Do you label all your kid’s stuff? It’s such a great name recognition activity for preschoolers!
You can purchase a wooden name puzzle and book labels, like the ones I reviewed, on the Stuck on You Website for $29.95 and $14.95, respectively. I love that we were able to personalize a few things for Grady since his name is non-existent on the stuff you see in big box stores!
Two lucky According to Jenny readers are each going to win a $50 gift card to use at Stuck on You! What personalized item would you choose?
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Winners: Erin D., Tara C.