Name recognition is so important in preschool – use this seed name activity for preschoolers for some easy and fun practice! We all know that nuts and seeds are a powerful, healthy snack option. But did you also know they can be used in loads of exciting learning activities for kids? This seed activity is a perfect addition to a preschool farm theme or garden theme, or even a food and nutrition theme!
Name Activity for Preschoolers Using Seeds
I’m a big believer in name activities for preschoolers. They can learn so many concepts with their names as well as the names of the friends they spend time with! Spending time on teaching preschoolers to recognize and write their name is also a special way to connect with that preschooler, too.
Name recognition can be used for just about any preschool learning activity. Here are just some of the concepts I’ve used names to teach:
- High frequency words
- Letter identification
- Letter sounds
- Letter formation
- Comparing and contrasting
- Capital versus lower case letters
- Beginning sounds
FAQ About How to Teach Preschoolers to Recognize Their Names
Most children learn to recognize their printed name between the ages of three and four, around the same time they start learning letters. However, some children may not recognize their name in print until they are five. It’s important for children to be able to recognize their name, and even spell their name, by the time they enter kindergarten.
The preschool experience not only helps children learn about their world, but also has many cognitive benefits. For example, recognizing your name and others helps kids feel that they are important in the community. Recognizing the letters of their name, knowing what a letter sounds like, or knowing how to read words all help to build the the concept of print literacy.
Any preschooler can learn to recognize his name with the right name activities and enough practice. When choosing name recognition activities for your toddlers and preschoolers, try to offer plenty of variety within context of how their names will be used. For example, have your preschoolers “sign in” to preschool each day, move their name tag to answer a daily question, and place their belongings in a cubby labeled with their name.
Formal teaching of name spelling and recognition in early childhood should be through fun, hands on activities. Try including your students names in circle time songs, sensory bins, and art activities.
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Seed Names – A Name Activity for Preschoolers
The most fun thing about this seed name activity is that it can be used in so many preschool themes. Add this name spelling activity to your first week of school activities and talk about how much the young children will “grow like a seed” during the new school year.
You can add name activities like this to your plans for a gardening preschool theme, farm theme, fall preschool theme, or even a spring and flowers theme.
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Using the a variety of nuts and seeds, like the bird seed mixture we used, adds a sense of novelty and provides a different sensory experience for the children as they learn their names. The colors, sizes, and textures grab kids’ attention and encourages them explore math concepts (like sorting and patterning).
The Set Up
First, cover the table with a plastic tablecloth from the dollar store to ensure easy clean up. At the end of the activity, you just fold up the edges to capture and discard the loose seeds.
Lay out the paper you will be using and write the child’s name on the piece of paper. I prefer to use this extra heavy duty cardstock because it doesn’t warp as badly as lighter cardstock.
Put the seeds into smaller dishes so your preschoolers can have access to their own dish right by their side. I love these little white melamine dishes.
Fine Motor Name Recognition Activity for Preschoolers
Here’s the great thing about name spelling activities like this one. It’s more than just kids learning how to spell their names. It’s also about developing fine motor skills. And we know how important fine motor skills are for developing a proper pencil grasp!
Invite your preschooler to use the liquid glue bottle to “trace” their name on the paper. Alternately, they can also use a q-tip to trace write the letters. Squeezing glue bottle helps develop hand strength (which comes before fine motor skills), but using a q-tip is better for developing the pincer grasp (which is needed for a mature pencil grip). So the choice is yours, and should be based on the needs of your preschoolers.
Next, invite your preschoolers to gently place the seeds over the glue, or sprinkle them on like, well…sprinkles. And speaking of which — you could use sprinkles instead of seeds and then add this to your food and nutrition preschool theme! How fun would that be!?
Set the papers aside to dry for a little bit, and then hang them up in your classroom. Or better yet, use them for a variety of learning activities in your classroom or preschool theme.
More Ways to Use These Seed Names
While these make a festive display during a farm or gardening theme, try using them in your preschool lessons for even more learning.
- Offer the seed names during circle time and have your preschooler practice tracing over their seed name. The kids will love the texture!
- Add them to your writing center for children to trace with their fingers.
- Use them as name flashcards during games.
- Make half sheet versions and use them as name tags during farm themed dramatic play.
I’m sure there are even more creative ways to add a fun name activity like this one to your preschool lesson plans. This seed name recognition activity is toddler approved, too!
Seed Picture Books for Preschool
You can never have too many picture books! Use these favorites as the perfect accompaniment to your seed name activity.
- Heavy Cardstock
- Liquid Glue
- Pencil or Marker
- Lay out the paper you will be using and write the child’s name on the piece of paper.
- Invite your preschooler to use the liquid glue bottle to “trace” their name on the paper. Alternatively, they can also use a q-tip to trace their name.
- Have your preschoolers gently place the seeds over the glue, or sprinkle them on.
- Set the papers aside to dry.
This is also a great activity to build fine motor skills!
The finished name project can be used as a classroom decoration or for a host of other learning activities.
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I’m Sarah, an educator turned stay-at-home-mama of five! I’m the owner and creator of Stay At Home Educator, a website about intentional teaching and purposeful learning in the early childhood years. I’ve taught a range of levels, from preschool to college and a little bit of everything in between. Right now my focus is teaching my children and running a preschool from my home. Credentials include: Bachelors in Art, Masters in Curriculum and Instruction.