Sneak preview: help kids practice name writing with this reusable DIY name mat! Teach your preschooler to write his name (or write her name!), practice letter writing, and increase fine motor skills with this hack for handwriting practice!
This is one of the most effective name writing activities I have found to help my children learn to write their names.
Whether your child is learning to write his/her name in kindergarten or preschool, practice makes perfect (or at least better). This name tracing sheet is easy to make and encourages repetitive practice. With just a few items you probably have around your house, you can make these simple mats to help your child learn to write his/her name.
Practice Name Writing with this DIY Reusable Name Mat!
Isn’t it so exciting the first time your children write their names all by themselves?! They get that huge smile and their eyes beam with pride knowing they accomplished something great. Then Mom breaks down into a bawling mess of pride. All of the constant repetition and frustrating struggles to practice are forgotten. Mom is proud and the child is building self-confidence knowing they can do alone.
You can experience this moment by encouraging them to practice. I want to share with you this trick I found to let them practice writing their names exactly the same every time. This easy to make name mat wipes clean over and over again and is also a great fine motor activity!
How can my child practice name writing?
Create these reusable printing mats with each child’s name for unlimited practice!
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Here’s what you need to help your child practice name writing:
- Construction paper
- Laminating sheets (or a laminator) like these:
- Dry-erase crayons or dry-erase markers
- Fold a sheet of construction paper in half on the short edges.
- Use the marker to write the child’s name in the way you want them to practice it (i.e. Caps, lowercase, cursive, etc).
- Line up construction paper and laminate to plan out folds before removing backing.
- Remove laminate paper backing and carefully fold by meeting the two ends at the top (see pic).
- Fold (crease) laminate and smooth (if you are using a laminating machine, just follow your manufacturer instruction).
- Trim the edges as needed.
- Allow child to write his/her name with dry-erase crayons or markers (as age appropriate).
- Use a napkin, paper towel, or similar to wipe off and reuse again and again.
Tips for using your mat to practice name writing
Try letting the child make it their own by picking colors and adding favorite stickers!
We love these dry-erase crayons from Melissa & Doug! They are perfect for little fingers and erase easily:
We start every session of home preschool with this name mat tool. I used two-way tape to stick the name mats up on the wall near our calendar for easy access. I often find them grabbing these down and writing their name just for fun. Parenting win!
You could use the same technique to practice letters, numbers, sight words, shapes- basically anything you want the them to trace. Just write whatever you want them to practice on the construction paper and laminate both sides.
Remember to Pin this so you have it saved when your child needs some name writing practice!
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Before you know it, your child will be writing his/her name like a pro. (and hopefully signing it like doctor someday 😉 )
This is a fun way to get your kids to practice name writing without wasting hundreds of sheets of paper!