For a parent, choosing the name of his baby is not only a sacred ceremony but also a very important decision. Parents go through various lists of baby names, and some even consult astrological charts, to decide upon the perfect name for their little bundle of joy.
As we grow up our name becomes a part of who we are and how we see ourselves. One of the first things a child learns, is to recognise and respond to his name. Also, learning how to write his name teaches him some essential skills. According to a research, ‘A study on preschool children’s name writing and writing readiness skills’, by Ozlem Simsek Cetin, published in Educational Research and Reviews 2015, learning how to write your name early helps in writing readiness. The report stated, ‘Writing readiness levels were higher among children who were able to write their full names ad lower among those who just scribbled randomly’.
So, it’s important that your child knows how to write her name. Read on to find out some of the fun ways in which you can teach her to write her name.
- Cut it out: Use magazine and newspaper cut-outs of letters to help your child write her own name. Help her cut out the most colourful and big letters she can find in the newspaper with safety scissors. After cutting out several letters, ask him to pick the ones that spell out his name, helping him when needed. Now all he needs to do is glue the letters together on a separate piece of paper.
- Play with clay: You can teach your child how to mould the play dough into different alphabets. It might help to trace out the letters on a piece of paper, which she can use as a reference for moulding her play dough.
- Go get glue: You can write your child’s name and let him trace it with liquid glue. And while the glue is still wet, ask your child to pour some glitter on top of the sheet where he can just trace his name with the glue. This way the glitter would only stick to the glue and he can see his name glitter on the sheet.
- View it on the window: You can ask your child to write her name using dry erase/whiteboard markers on a window. However, make sure that she does this activity during the day so that it is visible.
- Make some jewellery: You can get your child to make bracelets or necklaces using letter beads that spell his name. All you need for this activity are some beads and string. This can be done in many ways. The simplest way is to ask him to pick the beads that spell his name and put them on the string in the correct order. Other ways could involve him using multiple beads and strings to create jewellery that also includes his name.
- Colour it right: You can draw the outlines of the letters of her name on a sheet of paper. Try not to add extra lines to make the letters bold. Give the sheet of paper to your child and let her colour the letters.
- Play rice: You can use both cooked and raw rice for this activity. You can give your child raw rice and ask him to spell out his name on a piece of coloured paper. If needed, you can write his name first so that he knows where to place the rice. You could also combine this activity with the glue activity and use rice instead of glitter to spell the name. Another way to do this is, use cooked rice to spell out his name on his place, so he can read while he eats.
- Talk chalk: You can get your child some brightly coloured chalk and get her to write her name on a slate. If she struggles to write her name, you can simply write it yourself and ask her to copy it. The fun thing about writing on slates is you can ‘write and wipe’ until you get it right.
So, these are some of the creative ways in which you can get your child to write his name. By doing these activities you can enhance his writing readiness skills too.
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Written by Jasmine Kaur on 8 August 2018.
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