Our names in watercolor

A child’s name is very special and this simple watercolor activity turned out to be a fun and colorful way for our students to focus on the letters in their name…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

You can also use crayons with watercolor!


To prepare for this activity, I printed each child’s name on a large piece of white paper with hot glue. The table was set up with liquid watercolor, small paint brushes, and the children’s names…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

We spent a few minutes talking about our names and then feeling our names on the paper. Then each child was invited to find their own name in the stack of papers and then explore the watercolor painting process on their own…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

In my mind, I thought the children would paint around the lines or fill in the white spaces of the paper but most of the children chose to paint directly on their names – almost as if they were tracing their names…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

The liquid watercolor tends to roll right off of the hot glue and drip down into the paper leaving the children’s names standing out in the middle of all those beautiful paint colors…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

Each child’s name was transformed into a dazzling piece of artwork…

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

Watercolor Names by Teach Preschool

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Links to Grow On

The value of name recognition in preschool by Teach Preschool

Digging up our names by Teach Preschool

Easy cheesy name puzzle by Toddler Approved

Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

Let me tell ya...

With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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