Monday, 10 March 2014

Ten Ideas - How You Can Help Your Child Learn To Write Their Name

 So you want to help your child learn to write their name?
Firstly recognising their name is super important and then comes the fun writing stuff.

Putting their name on their door or in their room is a great start. With our kids every night before bed and when they got up in the morning we would talk about our kid's names, pointing it out and reading it with our finger demonstrating left to right movement of reading.
Oh and I should mention that I was not the one who started doing this with our eldest as a baby but my husband. I married a good egg!!

When they really get going with writing their name have them place their finger on each letter as they practise their name from a name card. Talk to them about where to start each letter and how each letter is formed. Make it a little funny with silly sayings or sounds is always a great idea to motivate them and help them remember

So here are my top ten tips to help your child learn to write their name ...

1. Names, Names Everywhere!

Allow your child to see their names everywhere! Names on their door, name in their bedroom, name puzzles, name cards etc.

Allow your child to see their names everywhere! Names on their door, name in their bedroom, name puzzles, name cards etc.

Write their name on their drawings early on while they are watching you then start getting them to write their name. This is how Jasmin has started recently ...

2. Name Collage

They can collage their name with crepe paper, stickers, sequins, rice, tissue paper, pasta, dried beans, sand, and so on.

3. Magnetic Letters

Use them on the fridge or on oven trays

4. Laminated Name Cards

5. Sidewalk Chalk Outside

6. Chalkboards

You pick up cheap chalk boards from Typo and Kmart have these computer ones

7. Whiteboards

8. Name Tracing

Tracing over dotted names or tracing over their written name

9.  Water Writing Outside

Write on the paving with a paintbrush dipped in water from a bucket. Vary it by using Thick or thin paintbrushes. You could also draw it chalk first so they write over the top 'washing' it away.

10. Writing in the Sandpit or a Sand tray

Use a finger or stick to write in the sand.

Important: Don't start teaching your child to write their names with all capitals. It will just completely confuse them when they need to relearn it later.


  1. May I ask what font you used for the Laminated Name Cards? Thanks so very much

    1. Sorry Karen! I have a wonderful sister (a teacher) who did them for me. You might be lucky if you ask your child's teacher or check out Bizzy Dayz's blog post where she has a link to a similiar font

  2. I love this list. I definitely need to get some of those small chalkboards.


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