Name writing practice is extremely important for preschoolers to do regularly. As an educator, I get tons of questions asking how to properly teach kids to write their name.
Did you know there are steps and strategies to teaching this basic skill? There’s also reasons why your child may not be ready to write their name just yet.
Follow the stages of name writing below to help your preschoolers learn to write their name today.
Why is my child not writing their name?
You may be wondering why your little learner is scribbling all over the page. Or why their handwritten work doesn’t look like letters.
That may have little to do with how much you’ve practiced and more to do with developmentally appropriate pre writing strokes and for their age.
This graphic is a great representation of how handwriting progresses over time and the expectations for pre writing activities for preschoolers.
Some children are able to master strokes earlier than the expected ages shown, but don’t get discouraged if your child isn’t quite ready.
Before you can write your name
There are some other things you can do before your students even begin writing their name.
First, they need to learn the alphabet (or at the very least the letters in their name). Your preschoolers also needs to know how to spell their name before they can write it.
I always try to make this fun for my kids to do. I’ll turn their name into a song and we will sing it all day long so we can remember the order of the letters.
For example, my oldest has five letters in his name. When he was in preschool we would often sing a song to the tune of “Bingo” but instead of B-I-N-G-O we would insert the letters in his name.
Before I knew it, he knew the letters in his name and could order them properly.
Puzzles are also a great way to teach your students their name. You can buy neat wooden puzzles on Amazon or make easy ones with paper.
Learning name using fine motor skills
This is also a great opportunity to incorporate fine motor practice with your preschoolers. Write your child’s name and have him trace along the lines with mini erasers, pom poms, stickers, marhmallows etc.
Here we used marshmallows for name writing practice in a winter theme.
Name crafts for kids
Another fun way to learn to write your name is to use name crafts. This will help reinforce your students name so it sticks.
Make learning your name fun with themed name crafts like this free Halloween name craft.
These free pilgrim name crafts are an editable way to teach the letters in your child’s name too.
Even these festive Christmas name crafts are fun for kids of all ages to learn their name.
Name writing practice
In the classroom, I always had a name writing center. This literacy center was always a hit for my preschoolers because they were able to write their name in various, fun ways.
At home with my little one, I also incorporate name writing into our daily schedule.
How do you teach a child to write their name?
Once your child has learned the letters in her name, she’s ready to write!
If you’re like most people, you may be asking yourself how do you teach a child to write their name? As a preschool curriculum creator, I get this question a lot.
In order to teach name writing to preschoolers try following the steps below.
Step 1: Capital letters only
I always suggest beginning with capital letters first. Most capital letters are made up of straight lines which makes it easier for kids to write.
Step 2: Capital letter first
After you teach kids to write their name in capital letters, teach them that their name starts with a capital letter and the rest are lower case.
Step 3: Blank lines
Finally give your preschooler blank lines to practice writing their name on their own and they should be good to go!
Editable name tracing worksheets
I remember being in the classroom and knowing my students needed name writing tracing templates so that they could practice writing their name each day but there was never extra time to create something cute for each student.
I needed a faster, more efficient way to create one for my little learners, so I made it editable!
These free name tracing worksheets for preschool are now available to you. I hope it relieves some of the stress with creating one more thing for the classroom!!!
How to edit:
After you click and download the free editable name tracing worksheets, you can get started editing right away.
- Be sure you open the saved file with Adobe Acrobat on a desktop computer so that the tracing pages become editable.
- I would also download the font I used on TPT (KG Primary Dots). In my opinion, this is an amazing tracing font for preschoolers.
- Go to the first box that is highlighted blue. Type in the name you want your student to practice writing and press enter.
- This should populate the rest of the page in the same name.
- If you want to create a blank page, press the space bar in the first box and then press enter.
- This should make the remaining boxes blank so your children can practice writing their name all on their own.
Since this is an editable template, I have also used this to have my students practice tracing numbers, sight words, letters in the alphabet, sentences, cursive and much more. The options are endless so have fun with this one!
Hands on name practice activities
With this template, you can easily create an editable name book for each student in your class in seconds. It’s as easy as opening the PDF with Adobe Acrobat on a desktop computer, typing your students’ names into the class list page, and pressing enter.
These pages include great ideas for name writing practice in a hands on way by using PlayDoh, rainbow writing, building with stickers, tracing, and much more.
Need more name activities for kids?
If you’re looking for even more ideas for teaching children how to recognize and write their name, be sure to read my related post.