- sentence strip paper
- adult scissors
- plastic pot and wooden spoon
Write each child's first and last name on separate sheets of sentence strip paper. Remember to use standard print, beginning with a capital letter followed by lower case letters.
Picture name match. For this game, you will need a photograph of each child and a copy of his or her first name written on a sheet of sentence strip paper. Place the names on the table first. Invite children to find their own name. Ask them to identify as many of the letters in their names as they can. Next, ask them to place the names back on the table. Give them a photograph of a child other than themselves. Invite each child to take a turn finding the name that matches the photograph. Offer clues if needed.
First and last name match. Take the sheets of sentence strip paper with children's first and last names. Mix all of the names and place them on the table. Invite children to find their first and last names. Then, place only the last names on the table. Give them a first name other than their own and ask each child to find the matching last name. Reverse it by giving them last names and having them find the first names.
Alphabet soup. Make two copies of children's first names on sentence strip paper. Cut the letters apart from one of their name strips, placing the separated letters into a pretend "pot of soup." Give everyone a copy of his or her name. Then pass the "pot of soup" around, along with a small wooden spoon, and invite everyone to stir the letters. Next, ask one child at a time to pick a letter from the pot. If the letter matches one of the letters on his name card, he will place it on top of the letter. If it doesn't match a letter on his name card, he will put it back in the pot and pass the pot to the next child. Children will play until they find all of the letters to match their name card.
Remember: Most young children learn to read their name with a picture cue. Include a photograph of each child on his name card until he is able to identify his name without the picture.
Send home a sheet of drawing paper and a note to families describing the activity. Suggest that they invite their child to draw a picture of all of their family members, including pets. Ask families to assist their child in writing the names of each family member below the drawing.
Curriculum Connection: MATH
Comparing Names. Write everyone's name on a sheet of chart paper. Invite the group to compare their names. Who has the longest or shortest name?
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