Once a Kindergarten teacher, always a Kindergarten teacher! Even though I don’t teach children in a school setting anymore, my eyes open up wide and my ears perk up with regards to children and education. Education can come in many forms and what I love best about teaching young children is that you can make games, crafts and fun activities into educational ones so easily! When my friend Tiffany from Naturally Cracked shared her super idea for teaching Your preschooler how to spell their name, I was ALL OVER IT! What a fun way for a young child to have a tangible and fun, yet educational experience.
For the last 6 months my toddler has taken a huge interest in letters and really enjoys when I write down his name along with everyone else in our family. We have a beautiful name mural on the wall that we received from Oliver’s Labels and every night he talks about his name and picks out the letters he knows. He starts school in a year so we have been looking at various ways to help him get prepared without pushing it on him.
Recently, we took a trip to the dollar store and found some river rocks and a permanent marker to help us teach his name in a fun way.
Teaching Your Preschooler How to Spell Their Name in a Fun Way:
- River Rocks
- Permanent Marker (we used a sharpie)
- Write each letter in your child’s name on a rock.
- Let your child play with the rocks, as they pick them up, you can say that’s the letter “S” for Steven etc. Don’t be discouraged if they don’t want to spell it out right away, letting them play with the rocks and talking about what they are doing is also a learning experience.
- Write your child’s name on a sheet of paper and let him match the letters himself. I don’t correct his work at first as I want each experience we have to be positive so if he puts the letters upside down but on the right spot, it is a celebration.
My guy loves to practise learning his letters and has even started going to the table to do it on his own. This simple and fun exercise cost me a grand total of $2 and will bring hours of fun.
Another fun activity to do with river rocks is to make a Cup of Kindness. This is a fun and creative way to encourage thoughtfulness and kindness in your children.