A simple name writing activity to do with preschoolers

Practice this simple name writing activity with your preschooler!

In the middle of a room full of play and noise, I happened to notice a group of children gathered around their teacher doing a little name recognition and writing.

As each child would get a turn, the teacher would ask if he or she wanted to print their name in boxes or on a line.

Clearly this wasn’t the first time the children had tried this activity because they knew exactly how to participate without any additional instruction from the teacher.  If the child chose to use boxes, the teacher would draw the number of boxes that was in the child’s name and then let the child begin to print.

If the child needed a little assistance to remember how to print a letter or what letter needed to come next, the teacher would print the letter above the correct box to give the child a little assistance.

One thing that was fascinating to me was seeing the different handwriting styles and grip of each child. This little girl chose to just write on the line and had very tiny print! I had to zoom in close with my camera to see it. It takes time for young children to develop the skills and proper handwriting grip!

I also loved how the children naturally gravitated over to the dry erase board and wanted to take a turn.

Name writing is an excellent part of helping children learn to print and recognize the letters. Many of the children in this class already recognize the names of their friends as well. Something about writing your own name brings a great sense of accomplishment!

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By |2010-08-24T14:00:35+00:00August 24th, 2010|

About the Author:

Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. Annette W August 24, 2010 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    My daughter used to like to trace her name, but it’s so hard to read, though she’s nearly four. I think using boxes would be fun for her. I will also check out your booklet. She knows every letter in her name, just struggles to write it, though I think it’s still age appropriate to not write much or well.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Deborah J. Stewart August 24, 2010 at 3:43 pm - Reply

      As you can see in these photos, it takes time for children to develop their fine motor control and ability to write so the fact your daughter does know the letters in her name is excellent – the printing part will come in time:)

  2. V.Kerr August 24, 2010 at 9:06 pm - Reply

    I love the idea of using boxes! Great idea!

  3. Scott October 7, 2010 at 12:20 pm - Reply

    Love the boxes idea, too. Names are such an important part of foundational literacy.

    • Deborah J. Stewart October 7, 2010 at 3:34 pm - Reply

      Absolutely Scott!

  4. Giggles and Crayons January 10, 2011 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for linking up! You are the first one…yay! I think its great that they navigated their way to the board on their own and I definitely agree with the name thing. My daughter can recognize her name and her brother’s name already, I guess because it has so much importance to her.

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 10, 2011 at 10:29 am - Reply

      You are welcome:) I look forward to seeing what others link up too!

  5. Eva January 11, 2011 at 10:59 pm - Reply

    Name writing is so much fun! I love the idea of using boxes!

    • Deborah J. Stewart January 12, 2011 at 12:51 am - Reply

      I really enjoyed observing this activity!

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