Happy September! With the start of a new month and “school year,” we are knee-deep in fun name activities. Have you seen the bonus ideas we’ve shared on our Instagram account (@crafternoonplaydate)? If not, check out the feed because you’re sure to find something to excite your child! Today, I’m sharing something a little more ‘formalized’ – a name recognition worksheet. This free printable is geared towards children ages 3-6 (mine is a couple months shy of 3 and enjoyed it with some guidance from mama).
Craft/Activity/Snack: Fishing for Letters Worksheet
Objective: Use colors to identify and sort the fish based on letters that are in your child’s name and those that are not
Skills Utilized: name practice, letter recognition, critical thinking, color identification, controlled coloring, pre-writing skills
Suggested Reading: One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Materials: Fishing for Letters worksheet, orange crayon, purple crayon
The instructions on the sheet read: “Find the letters in your name and color those fish orange. Color the other fish purple.” The color words are color coordinated to help your child correlate the word to the hue.
I wrote his name in large caps at the top of the sheet and we began.
Rather than seek out J, A, S, P, E, and R, Jasper preferred that we identify each letter one by one to determine if it matched his name. I had him identify the letters he knows, about 20 of them, and then we discussed the sound. “N – N says nnn. Is N in Jasper?”
If the answer was no, he colored the fish purple. When the answer was yes, he colored the fish orange. He’s not the greatest “colorer” just yet but working on his control was great pre-writing practice!
- Play Let’s Go Fishing
- Count the letters that are orange and those that are purple, and create a chart representing the proportions
- Write your child’s name in black and have them practice tracing it over and over using orange and purple crayons to create a layered art piece