Need a fun learning activity for toddlers? You’ve got it, friend!
Inside this post, I’ll share exactly how to use crayons as a learning tool to help toddlers learn their names. It’s so simple!
Ready for some easy fun? Let’s go!
Before we start, I’ve got to tell you that this is one of the easiest activities to set up ever.
That said, on a scale from one to ten, the fun factor with this activity was a resounding TEN!
Once I showed my three-year-old son how to place the crayons on the line of his name, he immediately went to work. He carefully placed more crayons along the lines, then he soon had lined his entire name!
By the end of this quick learning activity, Andy declared this an “Anderson party!” But, the fun didn’t stop there. Before I share how we kept this activity going after Anderson had lined his name, let’s talk about name recognition.
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Why Should I do this Learning Activity with my Toddler?
One of the BEST tools that you have as a parent is exposure. This activity is an easy way to expose your child to what their name looks like. Beyond that, they might:
- Start noticing that some of the letters in their name have straight lines while other letters have curves.
- Start to notice the first letter in their name.
- Or, they might begin to recognize that letters are different from pictures!
Consider this simple activity to be a building block for your child to recognize their name. A skill they will be working towards in preschool.
What Do You Do Next?
The best part of this activity is that it doesn’t stop here. You can encourage your toddler to draw with the crayons, add stickers or stamps, and decorate the piece of paper however they’d like.
This encourages persistence and two-step directions (first, outline your name, then decorate) which are more skills cultivated in preschool.
Supplies For This Fun Learning Activity for Toddlers
- Butcher paper
- Optional: stamps, markers, stickers for decorating their name afterward.
How to Set Up This Name Recognition Activity
- Draw your child’s name with a sharpie or marker on butcher paper.
- Tape the butcher paper to a table or floor.
- Place crayons next to the name and place one or two crayons on the outline of their name to get your toddler started.
It couldn’t be more simple. And, don’t forget that you can continue this activity by letting your toddler color all over their name when they’re done!
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