Teaching names is one of the most powerful ways to teach letters and sounds to preschool, pre-k, and kindergarten kiddos. The activities you can do with name cards are endless! Name card activities are great for arrival activities, table time, in centers, for small group, or around the classroom.
All of these activities can also be used with vocabulary cards! In each one of my center packs you will find vocabulary cards! Check them out HERE.
I teach a multi age classroom with 3, 4, and 5 year olds. In the fall we focus on uppercase letters so we use name cards with their names in uppercase. Then in January, I transition my pre-k friends to lowercase by using names cards with their names in lowercase letters. I make the name cards double sided so I don’t have to name new sets of name cards in January. One side has their name in lowercase letters and the other side has their name in uppercase letters!
- Build the name with letter blocks
- Build names with magnet letters
- Write the names on a dry erase board
- Stamp the names in kinetic sand
- With with question of the week/day
- Use when doing name crafts (click here for the sun name craftivity)
- Use when playing name games or activities
- Play mystery name games
- Put the name cards in a pocket chart at the writing table
- Place in a bucket at circle or center. Use the cards when picking or selecting students for activities or transitions.
- Use during journal or writing time
- Place on a ring to use around the classroom. I always have a set in the art center for students to use for visual support when writing their names on their artwork.
- Build the names with letter manipulatives
- Stamp the names in play dough
- Write the names on chalkboards
- Clip the names with clothespin letters
Now that your brain is full of fun name activities go check out the post all about using Name Mats in the classroom (the name mats are a freebie too)!
Hop over to TPT HERE or click the photo below to grab a FREE set of editable name cards.
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