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I have K, who has? This game is perfect for back to school helping the kids to learn each other's name.

Our Award Winning Names
I sent home each child's outlined name with instructions for the families to decorate the names with household items. Each child won a ribbon for their name. This pic on right is one example. The best part is as I handed out the ribbons I would say "Way to go - you're a winner winner chicken dinner." The kids laughed and kept repeating they weren't chickens. Now that all the names are in and hung up they are asking to do them again. I think they want to hear they are "chicken dinners" again.

Rainbow writing

Letter mittens on a line used to spell our names.

Our name wall

Sorting letters: These letters are in my name - these letters are not.

Paint stick programmed with each child's name. Child uses pre-programmed clothespins to match letters. Can be used for sight words also.

After reading Chrysanthemum we cut apart our names then glued them on a sentence strip. We counted the letters in our name and graphed them.

Forming letters and writing our names in shaving cream was a wonderful tactile experience that left our classroom smelling like a "handsome man."

Used pocket chart to match our pictures to our names and begin to learn to recognize our friends names too.


We used our pocket chart to play "Who Stole the Cookies From the Cookie Jar" continuing to recognize our friends names.

Crayon Rubbings
Each name was preprogrammed on a strip of felt using fabric paint. We found our felt name then placed paper on top. We used a crayon with the paper removed to rub the paper and watch our name magically appear!

We wrote our names and numbers in "snow" (salt).

Each child has a baggie that has his/her name written in marker on outside. Inside are individual bottle caps preprogrammed with each letter of his/her name. Here he is arranging the letters to spell his name.

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Pre-program paper with each child's name. Cut apart names and have child glue letters back in order on a sentence strip. Count number of letters in each child's name. Graph results.

Rainbow Tracing: I used my computer, set print color on grey, and printed in large print each child's name. Child traces over name several times using different colored markers or crayons.

Toss Name Plate Game: Tune: Muffin Man. Do you see your name on the plate, your name on the plate, your name on the plate. If you see your name on the plate - pick it up. You're great!

Picture/Name Match: Match each child's picture to the printed name. Start with each child identifying their own name - then have them move into identifying and matching friend's names.

Blue Ribbon Names: I preprogrammed each child's name using computer with print set to 200 and sent them home for a family project to decorate with crayons, color, glue, glitter, pasta, cereal, stickers, etc. They turn out really nice and make a beautiful bulletin board. Award each child a blue ribbon - for most glitter, most stickers, most colorful etc.

Tactile Names: Using fabric paint paint each child's name on a felt strip. Child can finger trqace name, pencil rubbings, etc.

Bottle Cap Names: pre-program individual bottle caps with each letter of child's name. Place in ziplock baggie with child's name written on each baggie. Child spills out contents and arranges bottle caps to spell out name.

Materials: White construction paper, white crayons (NOT washable), and watercolor paints.

Write each child's name on a piece of white construction paper using the white crayon.  Allow the students to watercolor the entire paper and their name will "magically" appear on their paper!

Submitted by Sandy
To help children recognize their names and also as an attendance helper I made a coconut tree and on the first day of school I took a picture (just the face) of each child and then glued it to a round brown shape ( a coconut) with their name written on the top of the tree it says "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Look Who's in Our Room"....every morning the children come in and hang their coconut on the tree (there is velcro on the back of the coconuts and velcro spots on the tree) ---they really seem to enjoy this activity and if someone forgets they remind them!  Soon I will take their pictures off and just use their names.

cut out cookie shapes from beige or tan fun foam and use a brown marker to draw chocolate chips and write
each child's name on the top of the cookie. Then I glued their picture on the back of the cookie. I store these in a cookie jar and have a cookie sheet and a spatula for the game. Lay the cookies on the cookie sheet with the names up. Have the children tell whose name is on the cookie and then use the spatula to lift the cookie to check for correctness with the picture.

Submitted by Tina
 I use sentence strips to print the children's names, phone numbers, home address, birthdates, etc.  Next, laminate these and let the children use dry erase markers to practice printing these important facts!

One idea that I saw was fantastic for learning to write their name/ You write their name in black marker on a piece of sentence strip and then staple a few sheets of tracing paper (cut to the same size) over top of it.
The children can see their name written in black marker under the tracing paper and can trace over it on each sheet of paper. The person who showed this to me made several of them for each child at the beginning of the year and she would place then in their table caddy and when they finished early or had a freee minute they would take them out and practice writing their name.

Submitted by Lisa
In my classroom, each child had his or her own distinctive shape with their name printed on it.  They have the same shape for a nametag, on the helper chart, and in their cubby.  Each morning when they get their nametag, they bring it to a teacher and spell it.

Submitted by Stephanie
This comes from the Mailbox magazine and was very popular with my preschoolers.
Cut papertowel or toilet paper tubes into 1 inch circles.
Label each piece with a letter from the childs name. Put all the pieces in a resealable plastic bag with a picture of the
student taped/glued to the bag. The children are successfully able to find their bag when we practice spelling their names. The sequencing letters in the right order is also good left to right practice for them. More advanced children are given a middle or last name to spell also and I can program the other side of their piece with the lower case letters for practice with lower case.

Friend's Name Song
(sung to the tune of A HUNTING WE WILL GO)
A searching we will go (put hand at brow as if shielding eyes)
A searching we will go  (repeat)
We're searching for our friend _____. (At this point can hold up a name card  for class to "read" the name of one of the  students in your class or just call out a name)
And that is her (him) we know!  (point to appropriate student)

Repeat singing until everyone has been searched for.

Caterpillar Names
Students write each letter of their name on a construction paper circle (write for them if they cannot) and the child glues the circles together to form a caterpillar. They then glue either two wiggly eyes on the first letter of the name or two small construction paper circles (following directions).  Children count the number of circles and then together create
a class graph of the number of letters in their name.

This quiet game helps students learn the names of their classmates. To play, silently mouth the name of a student. The student having this name stands up and says his name aloud. If, after a few seconds, a student does not
recognize his name, invite all students to say the name in unison. The identified student then silently mouths the name of a classmate. Continue play until all students have been identified.

Submitted by Donna
I use polaroid photographs to help children recognize their names.  At the bottom of the polaroid I adhere a label with the child's first name.  We have an attendance board at the entrance to the door.  The board is a large piece of pegboard with two hooks for each child.  We put a tag with the child's name on the top hook and the child has to find his/her name and place their polaroid picture on the hook underneath.  I punch holes in the name tag as well as the polaroid pic so that we can move name tags each day.  This way the child really learns what their name looks like and doesn't memorize "where" their name is on the attendance board.  We use Polaroid's throughout the day as children "sign into" play areas or "sign into" class using a dry erase easel.  Having the child's name on the polaroid is a nice way to self correct and help with letter identification.

Cookie Jar Names
Submitted by Kerri
This is an idea adapted from another source.  Place the printed names and/or pictures of students labeled with names in an old cookie jar.  Sing the song "Who Stole the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?" and remove one name during each stanza for the children to identify.  I place pictures labeled with names of the students on cookie shaped paper to make it more realistic and fun!

Submitted by Kerri
This is an activity that I will be using with my special needs students during morning circle time for name and/or picture recognition.  I made a large pair of dice out of cardboard and on each side placed a photo and name of each child.  As we roll the dice, the child identifies the picture, says his or her name, and the class sings the "Hello song" to them.

Class Directories
Submitted by Karen
With the parents' permission, you can type up your own classroom phone book and put it in your writing center.  Place the names in alphabetical order, and include a photo of each child next to their address.  Add envelopes and writing paper to encourage writing.  Be sure to encourage them to put their return address in the top left corner!  This is really the part that gets them to learn their own address well.  Also, suggest they write a letter home to reinforce memorization.  You also can have them put their letters in their classmates cubbies--this is a good sorting/identification exercise as well!

Submitted by Cari
(tune Allouette)
Gather round it's time to get acquainted
Sing this song I'll show you how it's done.
All you do to play this game..
Stand right up and say your name!
( Point to a child and have them stand up and tell everyone their name)

Submitted by Debbie
A clever idea I found on the internet that I want to try this year.
Make a book patterned after "Brown Bear, Brown Bear".
Take a picture of every child and teacher in your classroom individually
and then everyone together.

On the bottom of the first page write:
Mrs.___________, Mrs._______________ Who do you see?

At the top of the next page write:
I see__(Lisa)_looking at me!
At the bottom of this page write:
___(Lisa)____(Lisa) Who do you see?

Turn the page and continue with every child in the class.
On the last page of the book glue everyone's picture and write: I see my new friends looking at me!
What a fun way to learn everyone's face and name, as well as incorporating early literacy. After reading it several days at school I will have the kids take turns taking it home and reading the book to their parents

Submitted by Kim
For name recognition, I drew a school house on a large sheet of oak tag.  Around the outside are houses.  Each house has a child's name in it.  When  they come to school they take their name out of  the house and put it in the  schoolhouse.  This is how we take attendance and the children learn to recognize their names.  I used the velcro to attached the names to the  houses and also to the schoolhouse.

Submitted by Margie
Materials:  Children's photo
            Construction paper
            Baby food jar lids/Large Juice container lids/etc.
1.  cut and place the child's head shot (photo) on the inner side of one lid
2.  Write the child's name on construction paper and cut a circle out to fit inside a 2nd lid.
3.  Repeat one and two above for the number of children you need.
Turn the lids upside down, scramble them up, and play memory!!!!!

Name Recognition
Submitted by Marilyn
To help with name recognition for my 3's class, I use name cards throughout the year at circle time.  For example, in the beginning of the year, I take large index cards and place the child's picture and name on one side of the card.  On the other side I write just the child's name.  When doing the circle and checking to see who is absent, I hold up the card with both the picture and name.  Eventually, when I feel the children are secure with this, I hold up the cards with the name side only (no picture) and see if they can recognize their names.  I do this throughout the year as our themes change.  When learning about hibernation, I cut out brown bears and put the child's face where the bear's face would be, along with the name.  When doing transportation, I cut out cars, placing the child's face in the driver's seat and the name across the car.  Then I made garages with their names on them.  they matched their names and the color of car/garage and put their cars into the door slot.  For springtime, I cut out daisies with their picture in the middle and name on the petals.   Eventually, they could all read one another's names.  Also they made place mats with hand prints and their picture and name on it.  they had to "read" their name to find their place at sanctum.  They each had a cup that stayed in school with their name on it and they matched the letters of the cup, to the letters on the place mat.  It worked wonderfully!

Submitted by Carol
When it is time to line up I ask the children to listen hard and I spell each of their names as their cue when it is time for them to get in line.  They are so proud of themselves when they get it right and quite a few of the children are beginning to recognize their friend's names also.
I traced each child's name with 4" and 2" stencils on manilla tag board.
The first letter of their name 4" and the remaining 2".
The children color the smaller letters with markers and then get to paint glue on the first letter and put glitter on it.
Eventually we will also just ask "if your name begins with this letter (name a letter) you may line up."  This has been a great way for the children to work on their listening skills and get them to distinguish between the first letter and not just any letter that is in their name.

Name recognition
Submitted by Maria
My  room is divided into learning centers and the students spend most of their day "playing" in them.  I limit the number of students that are allowed in each area at one time according to the size of the space given to each center.  The way this is made clear to the children is that at each center entrance there is one "pocket" labeled with a number and as many pockets as there can be children.  The children each have a name card which they put in the pocket of the center they wish to play in.  On the card is their name and a different butterfly.  The same butterfly is also in every other place that their name appears in the room (their cubbies, their toothbrush space, their shoe cubby...).  At the beginning of the year they really relied on the butterflies to find their card/ or space, but now the majority of them recognize their own names and can also read the names of most of the other students.  It has also been a great way of learning letter recognition when we are passing out cards.  So the name cards help them learn their names and those of the other students while the number pockets have really helped with number recognition.

Submitted by Susi, Phoenix AZ
Name Cards
At the beginning of the school year I write each child's first name on a piece of sentence strip (about 10") and I place a unique sticker on the same strip. Each child has their own sticker and that helps them to recognize their name at first, since it is easier for them to learn at first. I also use the same sticker on their cubbies, so they know which cubby is theirs.
I use the following song to use the name cards to transition the children to other activities.
What is your name?
I do not know.
What is your name?
I want to know!
What is your name? (show a name card )
in Spanish the song goes like this:
Como te llamas?
Yo no lo se.
Como te llamas?
Quiero saber!
Como te llamas tu?

Submitted by Kim
I make up bags for the kids that contain a card with their name on it and letter tiles of the letters they need to spell their names. The children have to arrange the letters in the right order to spell their name and then name each letter to either me or my assistant.  The objective is to get them to a point where they can arrange the letters without looking at the name card and correctly identify each of the letters.  This begins as an adult monitored center until the children get comfortable with the activity.

Submitted by Vicky
At the beginning of the year we make a name card (folded card) for each child. On one side is the first name and the other side has the last name. The first month of school the children eat lunch in the same spot every day with their name card in front of them. Then we start moving the name cards and they must find their spot for lunch etc...this helps them recognize names and helps us make sure we control who sits next to who!

Name Recognition
Submitted by Doris
We do marble painting on large apple cut outs. In the center we place their picture.  After a few days we go back and ask them what they did in the center and what they learned.  This is written down under their picture and their name.
(this helps them to recognize their name, learn the centers they go to and what skills they will learn in that center.

Title: Place mats
Submitted by Marilyn
Have the child make either hand print, or footprint on a colored piece of construction paper.  Place a small picture of the child on the paper and write the child's name in large letters in the bottom center of the page.  Then cover with clear contact paper and you have their own individual place mats and something that their moms will keep forever!!!!!!!!

Title: Name Recognition Activities
Submitted by Terri
Have the children sign in every morning.  This takes care of attendance for the day and also practices name recognition.  Here are several that I have done.
1.Label a fish with the each child's name.  Have the children find their fish and put it in the fish bowl.
2.Label a bone for each child.  Decorate a box that looks like Clifford and have the children feed Clifford their bone.
3.Make a flower for each child.  Paint a paint stirring stick green. make a flower head and laminate.  Glue onto the stick.  Have the children find their flower and "plant" it in a flowerpot filled with rice.
4.Label a teddy bear shape for each child.  Have them put the Teddy Bear in the honey pot.

Title: Hickety Pickety Bumble Bee
Submitted by Margaret
"Hickety Pickety Bumble Bee. Won't you say your name for me".
Child says name...
We all say "Hi  Whatever"
Then we say "Can you clap your name?"( clap syllables),
"Can you whisper your name?" (whisper child's name).
You can add anything else you may want to. This is usually alot of fun for the kids. They LOVE to whisper their name. We just go around the circle until everyone has done their names.

Title: Name Recognition 1
 Submitted by Eileen
Here is an idea that I came up with a few years ago (but have never had time to try).  Take a piece of construction paper 12" x 18".  Take a sentence strip and write the child's name on it (first and/or last).  Glue that at the top of the paper.  Then either make or buy the alphabet and number strips (I like the ones by Judy/Instructo) and put them underneath the name.  Make strips with shapes, color words, or any other skills that you wish to emphasize from the beginning of the year throughout.  Then laminate the paper.  Now you have a place mat that can mark the child's place at the table (especially helpful for a sub), give them a reference for their name and other skills and contain the mess when you are gluing, using play doh, etc. (the mess usually cleans right off the laminate).  Make sure when cutting the mats apart (after laminating) that you leave a margin of clear laminate to keep it sealed.

Title: Name Recognition 2
Submitted by Cherilyn
Need:Foam alphabet letters for printing, Cardboard,acrylic paint, wool, hole punch, scissors, coat hanger.

The children use the foam letters and print with acrylic paint onto the cardboard. We talk about what letters we are printing and the colors we are using. When dry the children use scissors to cut loosely around each printed letter and punch a hole in the top with a hole punch. The children then hunt for the letters in their name and with some teacher assistance hang them in order on the coat hanger creating a "Name Mobile". The children may add extra decoration if they wish

Title: Name Song
Submitted by Allison
When we have a new child starting our class, we start circle by clapping to "Bee, Bee, Bumblebee, won't you say you're name for me buzzzzzzzzzz.." and I then point to one child at a time and they tell the new child his/her name, then we sing again until everyone has had a turn.  They all love clapping and singing along.  Also on the circle rug each child sits on his/her own name. We sing "Bee, Bee, Bumblebee, Won't you SPELL you're name for me", if they need help all's they need to do is look at they're names in front of them and it helps them to learn to spell it.

Title: Name Song to tune "Bingo"
Submitted by Marcia
There was a teacher who had a student and Sarah was her name-o
S-a-r-a-h (3x)
and Sarah was her name-o

Title: Willobee-Wallobee
 Submitted by Shelly
Willobee-wallobee wee, an elephant sat on me.
Willobee-wallobee, woo , an elephant sat on you. ( use each child's name and substitute W for the first letter)
Example.  Willobee wallobee winda
 an elephant sat on Linda
Willobee wallobee Ayne
an elephant sat on Wayne.

Title: Name Recognition 4
Submitted by Anita
What I do so the preschoolers can learn their name is to use contact paper to attach a name plate to their spot at the table.  This way they can see it whenever they are doing activities at the table.  They soon recognize it when I write it on the dry erase board or on their papers or wherever.

Title: Greeting (Name) Song
sing to the tune of London Bridge
Submitted by Marcia
This is (George)
We're glad he's here, glad he's here, glad he's here!
This is (George)
We're glad he's here.
Come on now say, "Hello."  (and we take a minute to all say

Title: Name Recognition 5
Submitted by Regina
I recently began using name cards with each child's full name printed on it during circle time.  The cards are mixed up and I pull out one name at a time.  The child who's name is on the card then spells his/her name then says his/her address, phone number, and birthday.  Each child gets a turn.  In the beginning of the year they need help in identifying whose name it is and I spell it with them but by the end of the year they can all recognize everyone's name, spell their own, and even spell some of their friends names!  I found this helpful with letter identification and recognition also.Name tags are also labeling each child's chair and cubby to also help with name recognition.

Title: Name Recognition Board
Submitted by Terri
This year my pre-k class will each have a cut-out the is shaped like a crayon with their name and picture on it.  These will also be laminated and have velcro on the back.  The crayons will be laid out on the front table and the children upon their arrival, will stick their crayon onto a low to the ground, bulletin board that has the velcro backing on it.The board also has a crayon box in the corner that  says, "Ms. Terri's Colorful Class".  This will lend itself to discovering who isn't here and we will also use the crayons for voting on class decisions.

Title:Other name recognition things
Submitted by Terri
Their cubbie and their art file not only have their name but also the same rebus-type sticker.  Each child also has a hang file and a notebook journal in the writing corner and these also have the same sticker as well as their name.  In their hang file we put lots of home-made books and book making materials as well as sentence strips that have their name written in pencil several times as well as lined and unlined paper.  The children use markers to trace over or doodle on their names.  We also have another low bulletin board that has their picture with their name as well as stickers with their name printed on them. The children use the stickers to put their name on their projects if they do not know how to write it yet (or even if they do know they like the stickers).  They usually always put the sticker on and then try to write it themselves. We also use a pencil when doing dictation for a child's story and when they are finished telling us their story they can choose to trace the words of their story with a fine point marker.  The children really enjoy tracing the letters in their story. I have seen some of my students sit for very extended periods of time tracing the letters and truly making it their story.  The level of pride when mom or dad see their work is inspiring.
We have a learning center-based curriculum that believes in extended project work and so no student is required to participate in any of these activities but we support a child's interest in learning to read and write.

In my classroom, I have the room divided up into centers.  At the beginning of the year, I make name cards with velcro on the backs of each of them.  I put velcro around the room at each center.  If the center can have 3 children, I put up 3 strips of velcro and so on.  When it is time for the children to go to centers, they must put their name on the velcro strip for the center they want.  When the velcro strips are gone, the children know that center is full.  This is helpful for children to begin counting with one to one correspondence.  Another thing that it is helpful for is keeping the children in their centers.  The wandering aimlessly around the room has decreased dramatically since I have used this.

Title: Name Recognition 6
Submitted by Bobbi
I take pictures of each child and put a sentence strip with their name.  Each morning the pictures on on the table by the pocket chart with their pictures.They must find their name and put it by their picture.  This allows for them to learn their names.  It also  is a way to match faces to names.
I also have a bulletin board with laminated 8 x 11 pieces of construction paper to display the kids work.  In the corner of each page, is their picture also.They also use these names to write notes and pictures for each other.



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