Name Recognition Playdough Mats

Name Recognition with Playdough Imprints Activity

A child will naturally be interested in recognizing, and later writing, his/her name. You can make the process of learning their name fun with this playdough name activity. This name learning activities is fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. You will love that this hands-on playdough activity and such a fun name recognition for toddlers project.

A child will naturally be interested in recognizing, and later writing, his/her name. You can make the process of learning their name fun with this playdough name activity. This name learning activities is fun for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartners. You will love that this hands-on playdough activity and such a fun name recognition for toddlers project.

Playdough Name Activity

We used foam letters for this name recognition for toddlers, but one can use any type of letters like magnetic ones or stamps. This playdoh name activity is a great way for toddlers, preschoolers, and kindergartnesr to learn to recognitze and spell their name, letter-by-letter. You will love that this name recognition activity requires no prep and is quick and easty to do!

Name recognition activity

There is much controversy around exposing your young child to upper case or lower case letters first. As a former preschool teacher, I have seen that children recognize upper case letters quicker because they see it in the beginning of the names of their class mates and make the connection phonetically.

For example, my daughter(5) will see a letter K, and tell me that is a K for Kaleb (beginning sound, phonetically spoken).

Children will soon enough be exposed to upper and lower case, so if you are unsure, perhaps go with whatever case your child is interested in first and stay with that case until a later age to avoid confusion.

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Name learning activities

Now, for this activity you need playdough (we make our own microwave playdough) and letters of some sort:

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Name recognition for toddlers

At first, I made the imprints of their names and let them trace it with their fingers. This is a great tactile experience too: feeling the grooves of the imprint while tracing it with your writing finger.

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Preschool Name Activities

After that, they had to find the place for the letters, thus matching the letter imprint to the right foam letter. Leave the letters in the right order for younger kids, but mix up the letters for older children. This calls for visual discrimination skills. While doing this, one can stress each letter: sounding it out phonetically, so that the auditory and visual senses are making the connection.

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Name Activities for Kindergarten

After this part, one could let them trace the name with a toothpick. Taking care where to start tracing, you could make a little hole first on the right spot as a starting point. After that, let them try and write their names with the toothpick by copying:

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Name recognition preschool

Lastly, let your child print their names by themselves using the playdough and letters. This is the perfect opportunity to bring the concept of letters-in-a-row-make-a-word to life and work on spatial orientation too!

Name Activities for Kids

This name recognition activity with playdough imprints will be fun from toddler-aged to school-aged children. Extend this activity for school-aged children to practice sight words too!

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Preschool Name Ideas

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Free Playdough Mats

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Playdough Activities for Kids

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Nadia

Nadia is South African mom to two littlies, a former preschool teacher and currently working as a reading therapist at a remedial school. She blogs over at teach-me-mommy.com about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher.

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