Letters in Your Name PreK Activity

This literacy activity with foam letters helps preschoolers identify the letters of their names. Letter match-ups and tracing are part of the fun in this easy literacy activity.

Letters of the alphabet fun activity for kids

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It's an exciting time for kids when they learn to recognize the letters in their names. Kids will pick out the letters in road signs or book covers. They will proudly point out their names on their books or other personal items. 

A set of cards with the letters of the alphabet is great to have on hand for everyday play. They promote memory games, matching games and other child-led activities.




Related: Homemade set of cards with letters of the alphabet.


You can also prepare fun activities with foam letters for kids to practice letter recognition.

Foam letters activity

 A set of foam letters provides fun and learning for preschoolers. Kids can use letters to spell their names or to make greeting cards or name tags.

In this post we present two projects you can do with foam letters.

These are a great start for learning to recognize and name the letters of the alphabet.


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Foam letters are fun to work with but you can do these activities with wooden or magnetic letters. Each material adds a different sensory experience to the activity. Self-adhesive letters can make a more permanent tag or label..

Your pencil will likely require a fine point depending on the stencil you use.

Kids can help choose pictures from magazines or catalogs, glue them to the cardstock with a glue stick, and stencil letters onto the cardstock.

You can prepare the materials ahead of time for younger children, then introduce them to letter matching activities.


Activity #1 - Spell your name

 Make name tags using a stencil and self-adhesive letters.


Letters of your name activities for prek


1. Stencil the letters of your name onto a label.

2. Choose the letters in your name from a sheet of self-adhesive foam letters.

  • For younger children, you can stencil the name onto the tag and provide the corresponding letters for matching.

3. Label personal belongings, a cubby, or artwork with the name tag.


Activity #2 - Spell the word

 Make a set of cards with large letters and colorful pictures.


ABC matching activity for prek


1. Cut 5-1/2 in. (14 cm.) squares from card stock.

2. Glue a colorful picture to each card.

3. Stencil the letters onto the cards. After stenciling, highlight the letters with a marker or crayon.

4. Laminate the cards with contact paper for durability.


Activities like these promote letter recognition in ways that are both fun and engaging, and benefit early literacy skills.

Kids especially love seeing the letters that form their names, and they enjoy simple matching games. 

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 Learning through play
  • Letter matching: Place a set of cards on the table that spell the child's name. Put alphabet letters in a feely bag. Draw a letter from the bag and match it to one of the letters in his name. For small group play, pass the letter to another child who identifies that letter in his or her name.
  • Letter sounds: Place alphabet letters on the table. Make the sound of the letter T. Children try to pick out the letter T. Think of other words that begin with the letter T. You can also use visuals such as pictures or objects to match sounds. 
  • Song: I Want to Eat Apples and Bananas - Provide each of the children with a "vowel" printed on a large card. As you sing each verse, the children can hold up their cards with the letter corresponding to the vowel sound you are emphasizing.
  • Song: B-I-N-G-O - Provide cards with the letters so you can eliminate a letter as you sing, substituting a clap for a letter until you are only clapping and no letters are being displayed.


Name tag preschool activity


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