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A name recognition activity

Next year, Z will start school so one of the things that we have been working on in fun ways is name recognition. Whilst it most definitely isn’t a requirement for her to write her own name at this stage, being able to recognise it will help her to be more independent in the school environment.

You will need

  • Baking tray – we used a muffin tin as Z’s name is short
  • Magnetic letters
  • Chalk

What to do:

Place a selection of magnetic letters used to spell your toddlers name in a try or basket, then draw their name on the baking tray. Invite them to match the letters up.

It’s best to go through the letters and what they spell first, especially if your little one is new to this sort of activity. Initially, they may need help too so you can demonstrate how to match the letters if need be.

This is an activity that can be repeated over and over again in different ways. Once your child is confident, try mixing it up by omitting to write one of the letters in their name so that they can fill in the gaps with the magnets.

Don’t spend too long on the activity itself – this is a short and sharp activity designed to capture the interest of a 3-4 year old child for a maximum of 10 minutes.

If they aren’t interested or are struggling too much, simply revisit the activity at a later date instead.

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Sian Thomas

Sian Thomas

Sian is the founder of Teach Investigate Play. She helps parents navigate the early years by providing meaningful and simple activities. She also owns 'Get Set Social Media' - a social media consultancy for small businesses. From the UK, now living in Vienna (via Australia). About page has more!

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