Word and name recognition craft

A craft!  A craft!  I finally had a moment to type up a craft for the blog.  Tornado S and I have done dozens of these.  They are fun, easy, and help a child learn to recognize his/her name and start learning to write it.

Things you need:

  • Paper
  • Computer
  • Printer
  • Glue
  • Various materials such as glitter, fabric paint, shells . . . .

Type the letter or name in a word processor.  In Microsoft word, I suggest Century Gothic because it is similar to block writing.  Make sure the to use bold type and to make the word or letter large enough that it fills the page.  You can either leave it solid or make it an outline. (I always use outline.)  Print out the word or letter.  Have the child hold the glue and trace the letters.  On younger children that are learning to write, help the child trace the letters.  Have the child decorate the letters.  We have used glitter, beans, rice, pebbles, shells, buttons, noodles, sand, salt, rock salt, beads.  The sky’s the limit.  Instead of glue, you can also use fabric paint.  Tornado S especially loved the glow-in-the-dark fabric paint.