Eyes will light up when hidden names are uncovered!
Teach This Lesson
white construction paper
Talk to your children about their first names. Do they know any of the letters in their names? How many letters make up their first names? Ask if they know why they were given their particular names. If their name has a special meaning or history, tell them about it!
Tell your child that they're going to create "magic" with their names. Give your child a piece of white construction paper and white crayons. Invite your child to write their name on the white paper with the white crayon as many times as they like. If they can't yet write their own names, help them, sounding out each letter as you write it. They will not be able to see their names very well, so assure them that their magic name will appear when they complete the last step.
Give your child watercolors and paintbrushes. Invite children to paint over the entire sheet of paper (suggest the use of light colors, so that their names will show through.) Watch as the magic words appear!
Once children finish their name painting, they will surely want to create another. Suggest that they make a card for someone special by writing a secret message and telling the person how to reveal that message.
Remember! Your young children are exploring the principals of language and will have to invent their own spelling and strategies to help them write. It may not look conventional, but they will be able to read what they wrote to you. Be sure to respond with praise for every writing attempt!