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NAME RECOGNITION ACTIVITIES
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Circle Time Name Recognition Song
Teachers can use this circle time activity from Debragail S. to help children recognize their names, recognize the letters of the alphabet, to take attendance and to begin graphing.
Materials: Laminated poster board, velcro,
a variety of colors of laminated name
Description: Divide poster board into two sides straight down the middle. Left side label at top, "At Home", right side label at top, "At School". Create a laminated name tag for each child and place velcro on the back. Place the same number of sticky back velcro pieces to each side of the chart as there are children in the class. During circle time, I have a little ritual. I'll sing to the tune of...
"If You're Happy and Know It".When I sing their name each child has a turn to come up to the poster board and remove their name from the "at home" side to the "at school" side of the board.
When everyone has had a turn, we distinguish who is still at home and who is in class for the day.
Comments: You can make variety of shapes sizes for your name tags.
Circle Time Mats
Materials: Large construction paper, stickers,
dotters, permanent marker, and a
Description: We make place mats for circle
time on the second day of school. The
In the beginning of the school year, they
are great for name recognition. In the
Comments: This is easy and fun! Great for those first few days in September.
Time Name Plates
Materials: Sample floor tiles and a permanent marker.
Description: I go to the floor care store
and ask if they have any floor tile
At morning circle the helper hands out the name plates to the children, and children are encouraged to recognize their name in print and their symbol. The children sit on these and at the end of the morning circle they hand them back to the teacher before going to wash their hands.
This is a great way for children to stay in their own space during circle time, and to help them recognize their name and their friends name in print.
Comments: I have found that each child learns his or her name and their classmates names. When the children see their names or their friends names on papers etc. they can put the papers into their own cubby or into their friends cubbies. It works very well.
Materials: Small rubber stamps (a different
shape or picture for each child), ink
Description: At the beginning of the year
I assign a different symbol to each
Materials: Tag board, felt markers and teacher made place cards in the shape of bears.
2. Every morning I change the order of the bear name place cards that I have made. When the children arrive they search for their name and place along with their mom or dad and that is their place for the day. This way everyone gets a chance to meet the whole room.
3. During circle time I hold up cards
with the names and see who can recognize
"If your name is (Joey), raise your hand"We clap for each and every child. It only takes about two weeks before every child recognizes their own name. Amazing!
Recognition with Clothes Pins
Materials: Tag board desk name plates, markers and clothes pins.
Description: I write the children's names
on desk name plates, laminate them and
Materials: Purchased or teacher made a-b-c line, 3x5 index cards with each child's name neatly printed (in the style they will be exposed to).
Description: Hang your a-b-c line at the children's eye level. Post their names above the corresponding beginning letter. Encourage them to point and name the letters of the alphabet, to compare who else's name begins with their letter. The conversations can be endless!
Comments: You may want to see which print
style the kindergarten class is using.
Materials: Sentence Strips, pens in a variety of colors, scissors and zip lock bags.
Description: To support children as they identify names of students in the classroom teachers write each student's name on a sentence strip card. Make sure that each name is bold. Often times when I use lighter colors, the names will not stand up to an entire year's use. Darker colors work better.
After you have all of the names on your cards, cut them in zig zag shapes. After cutting all of them, place them in a Ziploc bag, and have the children sit on the carpet and match up the puzzle pieces to make their names. They will be excited to see their names, as well as their friend's names!
Materials: Pictures of a children and heavy paper.
Description: Take a 10" heavy strip of paper
and glue a child's picture on the left side. Write the child's name on
the right side. You may want to laminate to protect!
Comments: I work in a classroom with "Special Needs" as well as "Typical" children. They all love putting these puzzles together.
Materials: Child's name printed on tag board and laminated.
Description: During circle time, place each child's name face up on the floor in the middle of the circle Review the name of each child and the placement of the cards, then turn them face down. Call on each child to recall the placement of his or her card and have him or her turn the card face up when he or she has correctly identified it.
Comments: Children quickly learn to recognize
their own names when used in this
5 Name Recognition Ideas
Materials: A picture of each child, clear contact paper, laminating, yellow highlighter, markers, crayons, name tags, colorful paper, etc.,
2. Trace child's name with a yellow highlighter and let the child trace over it with a dark colored marker or crayon.
3. To help children recognize their names,
make a plain name tag and let children
4. Play a name game by writing each child's name on colorful paper cutouts and letting the child find his or her name.
5. If you are on a transportation theme,
make paper airplanes, cars and boats with
Textured Name Writing
Materials: White school glue, construction paper, corn kernels and colored markers
Description: Fold a rectangle sheet of paper
in half the long way. On one side
Comments: My children in class loved this
activity. I gave them a selection of
Tactile Name Card
Materials: Name cards, tacky glue, sand (if possible colored), a recycled plastic spice jar from home to put the sand in helps control the sand when shaking.
Description: Write the child's name on the
card with a pencil, then use tacky
Comments: While in a group have children
trace over their name using their finger.
Involvement: "Name Story"
Materials: Book On The Day You Were Born
Description: Ask the parents of the children
in your classroom if their child is named after someone in their family
or if they have a special story about how they got their name. Before doing
this activity I read the book On
the Day You Were Born and stress how special each of
them are and then talk about their
Activity: Name Recognition Book
Materials: Paper, glue, scissors and photographs of child's belongings.
Description: Take photographs of your child's
belongings, i.e. bed, shoes, coat,
"Sizing Up The Class"
Materials: Roll of tickets, tape and a camera with film.
Description: Take a picture of each child
in the room. Make several copies. If
Have the children line up outside of the
classroom in no particular order. Place
Unroll the tickets to the child's height. Take a measuring stick and write under the child's picture how tall they are. Continue until everyone has had a turn. Discuss the differences in sizes. How each one is unique.
Make a graph using words and symbols. For example: Darlene is taller than Sarah, Sarah is shorter than Darlene. Use the pictures of the children to make this chart easier for name recognition. Who is the tallest in the class? Who is the shortest in the class? Who are close to the same height? These are words the children will love to hear. They will be proud to be the smallest if the teacher does it right!
Comments: Great for seeing how much the children
have grown at the end of the year! If you get tired of the display,
save the tickets and at the end of the year
Materials: Paper and pencil or Computer.
Description: On a computer make a graph with
a total of 9 boxes that fill the
the game the cards are placed in the center. Each team
Options: You can make each name a different color to reinforce color recognition as well. As the child masters their name and Mom and Dad try including siblings.
Musical Name Recognition
Materials: Children's names printed on cards
or name cards taped on vinyl floor
Description: We put the names down on the floor in a circle. Children march, tiptoe etc. around the circle to music. When music stops we read the names that we have stopped in front of or are standing on top of. For very young children, 2-3 years old, have them march, slither etc. around the room to the music while putting down their names around the room. When the music stops they go and stand on their own name. Lots of fun and they are really motivated!
Materials: Sentence strips and laminator or you can use index cards instead of sentence strips.
Description: First, trace the child's first and last name on sentence strips with a black marker. Next, laminate the sentence strips. Finally, have the child place a white sheet on top of the sentence strip and trace his or her name.
Activity: "Preschool Stars"
Materials: Construction paper, marker and clear contact paper.
Description: Write each child's name on a
large shape. I used stars. We use
Shapes, and Colors!
Materials: Neon colored poster board, construction paper and markers.
Description: We cut large shapes out of poster
board. The kind that comes in a
At group time I hold up their card and ask
"Whose name is this?" Then once all the cards are handed out I ask
"Those who have red dots hold your card up." You can have the kids
count how many red dots, blue dots, green dots etc. You can also
Comments: A fun activity that can be stretched
out for rainy days.
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