Name-writing is one of the first things kids should be able to do after they learn to write letters and words.
Instead of the usual repetitive name-writing practice done on paper, you can incorporate fun and creative activities to make it easier for your children to write their names. 😁
These activities also help them improve their motor skills along with improving their hand-eye coordination skills.
Name Writing Activities for Your Kids
For children to be able to write their names, they should start with recognizing and identifying the letters that make their names.
Name writing activities can be hands-on and engaging to get kids excited and involved in practicing their names without making them feel intimidated.
In this blog, I have listed activities that you can come in handy to help your kids learn to write their names. 😇
Name Writing with Name Displays
The first step to helping kids write their names is getting them acquainted with it.
When they start noticing the pattern of their names, they gradually get familiar with and associate it with themselves.
I’m gradually starting to show my daughter her name often for her to get familiar with it. 👀
Name Writing with Verbal Instructions
One way to get them to write is through verbal instructions.
Instruct your kids verbally by mentioning the strokes and lines of the letter’s movement needed to form their name.
This method not only helps them improve their auditory senses but also helps them follow and execute the instructions given to them. 🗣️
Name Writing with Fill in the Blanks
My son loves doing activities in the fill-in-the-blank format. ⚫️
Write down the full name on top of the sheet for reference.
Begin by leaving out one letter from the name for them to fill in and then increase the number of missing letters in successive order.
Increase the blanks in each step until you reach a point where they have to write the entire name.
Kids can improve their recognization skills needed to fill in the letters to get their names in order.
Name Writing with Letter Search
Letter search activities help kids identify and pick up letters corresponding to their names.
You can choose any printed material with a good amount of words.
Make your kids’ circle letters needed for their names with colored pencils in the order. You can use different colors to indicate the many sets of the same name. 🔎
Name Writing with Word Search Puzzle
Create a word search puzzle with their names hidden among other random words in both the up and down forms. Make your kids find and circle their names from among all the letters.
Word search puzzles help kids develop their brain power and train their eyes to pick on certain words.
My son enjoys doing these word search puzzles. 🧩
Name Writing with Connect the Dots
Spell out your kids’ names with dotted outline letters. Number the dots of the letters according to their movement.
Kids can connect the dots of each by following the order of the numbers to form their names. 〰️
You could reduce the amount of dots gradually until they can write without them.
Name Writing with Connect the Lines
An activity similar to Connect the Dots, but with lines.
Outline the letters of your kids’ names in half-finished lines.
Make your kids connect the incomplete outlines to complete the letters to form their names. 🔤
Name Writing with Tracing Mats
My son found these tracing mats fun and easy to practice writing his name.
Print the name of the kids on a sheet of paper and laminate it.
Kids can use an erasable marker to practice on these mats along the outline of the letters. 🖊️
You can also print customizable templates with the names of your kids resembling a handwriting practice sheet. They can use a pencil and go over the letters.
Name Writing with Sensory Trays
Sensory trays make for a perfect opportunity for your kids to stimulate their senses and develop motor skills.
Fill a tray with a thin layer of the material of choice – sand, salt, rice, or any other sensory items. Make sure the letters can cast an impression on the tray. 📥
Let your kids practice writing their names using these trays.
Reference cards with the letters of their names will help guide them.
Name Writing with Scrabble Tiles
My son loved learning how to write his name with the Scrabble tiles.
Make your kids look for tiles matching the letters in their names.
After they join the tiles to form their name, let them replicate it on paper.
You can also get your kids to use the Scrabble board and play the game, making them form their names in different ways and directions. 🎴
Name Writing with Playdough
Playdough is a great medium where kids can develop their motor skills as they roll, mold and model the clay to create things. 👩🏼🎨
Make your kid roll the dough into thin lines and join them to create the letters of their name. You can also laminate a card with an outline of their name and ask them to fill it with playdough.
Name Writing with Playdough and Sticks
Another way to use the play dough is as a writing board.
Roll out the playdough into a sheet of considerable thickness that you can write on. Kids can use sticks, skewers, toothpicks, or chopsticks to write their names on the play dough. 🥢
This activity can build your kids’ motor skills and muscle strength.
Roll out the playdough and cut them into different shapes to make the activity more fun.
Name Writing with Lego Blocks
If you have kids who love Lego, like my children, this is a perfect activity to get them excited to learn their names.
Kids can learn to write their names by building them using Lego blocks.
You can help them form each letter individually with the help of the Lego
Alphabet Cards as a guide, and then piece them together on a Lego tile.
Hands down, this was my son’s favorite activity. 🧱
Name Writing with Lego Blocks and Playdough
My son’s favorite things together in a hands-on activity.
Roll out the playdough into a sheet with considerable thickness. Kids can stamp their names on the playdough with Lego blocks.
Use different Lego bricks and squares to stamp names into the play dough in both uppercase and lowercase. 💮
Name Writing with Rainbow Strips
This activity enables kids to practice writing their names and the order of the corresponding letters that form them.
Draw a cloud and attach colored strips of paper in the order of the rainbow.
Make the kids write their full names on the cloud and the individual letters of their names on the strips of colored paper of the rainbow. 🌈
Name Writing with Spirals
Spirals are another form of a line design to get kids comfortable writing their names in different formats.
Draw an extended spiral covering the breadth of an entire page with some space in between. In this space, get your kids to write their names in the design going from the inside to the outside. 🌀
Name Writing with Pasta
Pasta is a great way to assist kids in writing their names owing to its different shapes.
You can draw or print out the names on thick paper. You can also laminate it if you want. Kids can trace their names using the different shapes of pasta. 🍝
To amp up the difficulty of the activity, you can use cooked and cooled spaghetti. This shape allows the kids to twist and turn the pasta to form the letters and comes close to resembling the lines written by a pencil.
Name Writing with Paints
A name-writing activity made extra fun with paints.
Get your kids to trace over their names written on paper with paints and a brush.
Start with a thick brush to make it easier, then transition to thinner brushes to help them improve the accuracy of the letters. 🎨
Name Writing with Word Art
Writing his name with word art boxes was an activity that kept my son engaged and got him interested in art.
Divide the paper into boxes and make your kids practice their names. Then, let them design each box in different styles and colors.
Kids can unleash their creativity and think of new ideas to decorate the many boxes. 🖼️
Once your kids get used to writing their names, they can try to write them in different fonts. Instead of boxes, you can also try this with other shapes.
Name Writing with Shaving Cream
Shaving cream provides a great sensory medium and doubles as a fun activity for kids.
Cover a tray with a thin layer of shaving cream; you should be able to see the letters formed on the bottom of the tray. Kids can practice writing their names using the shaving cream.
The texture and airiness of the shaving cream give kids the opportunity to play around and get messy with it while also being able to learn. 🧴
Name Writing with Lacing Cards
Thread away with these easy-to-make name-lacing cards.
Write the name of your kids on cardboard or thick paper. Make equal-spaced holes along the lines of the letters, and kids can thread through these holes to form their names. 🧵
My son developed his pincer grip and hand-eye coordination with this crafty activity while also the motions of his name.
Name Writing with Coloring Sheets
Coloring cards help kids get used to writing their names while also being a great art activity.
Print or draw different shapes on a sheet of paper with enough space for them to write inside it. Kids can color the outlined shapes and then write their names.
You can also assign colors to each shape so that they can color and write their names with that color. This way, kids can recognize and associate with different colors. 🖍️
Name Writing with Chalk and Water
A simple yet effective way to write names with water. 💧
A black chart paper or blackboard is needed for the watermarks to be visible. Using colored chalk, write the name multiple times.
Get your kids to trace over the chalk marks with water and a paintbrush to learn their name formation.
Name Writing with Sticks and Leaves
Collect the sticks from your garden or a park nearby for this fun activity.
Get your kids to write their names with the collected sticks and leaves.
My son enjoyed doing this activity with things from nature. 🍃
Name Writing with Random Objects
You can collect and use the many random things you can find at home to do this activity.
On a piece of paper, print out your kids’ names and let the kids place small objects along the movements of the letters.
You can use items at home like beads, paperclips, buttons, and even coins to fill the letters.
Name Writing with Air Writing
Instead of just putting down their names from pen to paper, you can make your kids practice writing it in the air. 🌬️
Let your kids write their names in the air with the index finger as a pencil. Let them spell out letter by letter while doing so.
This activity helps kids strengthen their hands and motor skills.
Name Writing with Alphabet Beads
Alphabet beads can serve as a medium to learn names and also as a craft activity.
In a bowl, add the alphabet beads. Kids can fish out the letters needed to form their names from the bowl.
You can also turn the name into many beaded bracelets with color threads. 🧮
Name Writing with Highlighters
An engaging activity to make name writing fun.
Spell out the letters of their name on a sheet of paper with different colors of highlighters. Kids can use the highlighted name as an outline and trace over it with a pencil. 🖋️
You could also oppositely do this by writing the name with a pen and making your kids trace over it with highlighters.
Name Writing with Pipe Cleaners
Pipe cleaners are versatile items to shape and twist into shapes.
You can do this engaging activity with your kids to help them improve their motor skills while having fun shaping them.
Use different colors of pipe cleaners and let your kids shape them into letters to form their names.
Name Writing with Stickers
If your kids love playing with stickers and sticking them everywhere, this is the perfect activity to do with them.
Outline the letters of their name with enough space for your stickers.
Let your kids get creative and decorate the outlined names with cute stickers they like.
Name Writing with Sensory Cards
Sensory cards with the names allow your children to have a sensory experience while they touch and feel the texture of their names.
On a thick piece of paper, outline the name of your kids using spacious letters. Glue and fill the letters with sensory materials of your choice – sand, salt, beads, pasta, or rice and make sure it is stuck firmly. 🍚
They can feel the textured letters to remember their names.
Name Writing with Cotton Buds
Cotton buds make for an engaging name-formation activity that you can carry anywhere in a box due to their small size.
Kids can form their names using cotton buds and a reference card to guide them with the formation.
Cotton buds aren’t good for some of the strokes in the lowercase. You can add other materials with the cotton buds for lowercase name writing.
Name Writing with Cotton Buds and Paint
Cotton buds can also be turned into a brush to paint.
Write your kids’ names with a pen on a piece of paper. Make your kids paint over the letters of their names with cotton buds. 🎨
You can also make your kids place dots using the tip of the cotton buds along the outline of the letters.
Name Writing with Cookies
An edible version of the playdough activity – baking cookies!
Involve your kids in baking cookies with letter cookie cutters to form their names. They can cut out their name from the dough and help decorate them when the cookies are out of the oven.
My son and I enjoy making and decorating these name cookies. 🍪
Name Writing with Chalkboard
Let your kids use different colored chalk to write out their names on the chalkboard. 👩🏫
You can draw some lines like a handwriting book to help them space their letters and write their name easier.
Name Writing with Paper Cutouts
A fun craft activity to do with your kids.
Cut outlines of different shapes out of colored sheets of paper.
Your kids can color the shapes with crayons and write their names.
You don’t have to restrict the shapes to the usual ones and can cut out fruits, vegetables, and other things your kid loves. 🍎
Name Writing with Gel Bags
Gel bags, also known as squishy bags, are a type of sensory activity.
Fill a ziplock with a face or shower gel until it is half full. Seal it tightly.
You can tape the opening to make sure it doesn’t leak.
Make your kids practice their names on these sensory bags. 👝
You can add glitter to make it more exciting.
Name Writing with Confetti
Decorating names with confetti paper is a fun activity to help kids improve their motor skills and get creative.
Print the outlines of your kids’ names with a higher font size on thick paper. Cut colored sheets of paper into tiny squares to make the confetti.
Kids can decorate their names with confetti. 🎉
You can also get your kids more involved by letting them tear up the papers to make confetti. You can frame this and put it up in your house as an art piece.
Name Writing with Magnets
You can use magnets with the letters of your kids’ names.
Put the magnets on your refrigerator and let your kids practice forming their names every morning as a routine. You can also scramble the letters and get them to unscramble them to make their names. 🧲
Name Writing with Toy Cars
Playing with his toy cars is my son’s favorite pastime.🏎️
Print out templates of the name of your kids in both uppercase and lowercase, resembling road tracks. Laminate them to make them more long-lasting.
Your kids can have fun driving their toy cars through the letters of their names on the roads.
An activity that can keep your kids entertained and engaged.
Name Writing with Aluminium Foil
Spread a layer of aluminum foil and tape it to the working surface to keep it intact. Paint the letters of your kids’ names on the foil in big letters in both uppercase and lowercase letters.
Kids can paint over the written names to trace and practice writing them.
The tin foil also creates a sound that adds to the sensory experience of writing on it. 🔊
Name Writing with Paper Plates
On the back portion of the paper plate, write your kids’ names with a pencil as a guide to make holes.
Use a toothpick or a skewer to poke the holes along the lines of the letters.
Make your kids write along these holed lines with a marker to practice their names. 🍽️
These plates also make great sensory tools while the marker moves along the lines with tiny holes.
Name Writing with Paper Puzzles
The usual activity of building a puzzle with individual pieces, but this one involves names.
On a sheet of colored paper, write down your kids’ names with markers.
Then, tear up the paper into bite-sized pieces and let your kids join these pieces to form a puzzle with their names. 🧩
Name Writing with Clothespins
Clothespins that you find in everyone’s homes come in handy for this recognition and motor activity.
On a popsicle stick, write down the letters of their name, spaced a little apart from each other.
Label the clothespin with the individual letters that form the name.
Get your kids to pin the clothespin to the corresponding letters on the popsicle stick. 👚🧷
You can do the same activity in another way – write out letters of the name and place them individually in bowls. Now, pin the labeled clothespins to the bowl containing the matching letter.
These activities were so much fun to try with my son when he was learning to write his name, and we had a good time experimenting with the different activities.
I hope you enjoyed reading the list of activities I’ve described to make your kids learn to write their names. Please comment below if you would try any of these activities with your kids. ❤️
I’m a former teacher with a background in child development and a passion for creating engaging and educational activities for children. I strongly understand child development and know how to create activities to help children learn and grow. Spare time, I enjoy spending time with my family, reading, and volunteering in my community.