Name crafts and activities for kids are a fun way to get your classroom ready for holidays throughout the year. Not only do they make adorable bulletin boards, but they are also a great way to help students take ownership of their work. After all, what kid doesn’t love seeing their work and their own name displayed in the classroom? There are plenty of creative ways to get in that name practice . Here are fun name activities you can easily incorporate into your classroom!
Prepping for Name Crafts
Before doing the name craft projects in your classroom, there is a little bit of prep work. With each craft, students’ names are already printed in certain areas of the craft. For example, for the Easter craft, I have students' names both on the basket and as individual letters on eggs that students will later glue in order in the basket.
For St. Patrick’s Day, I have names on a spoon and as lucky cereal pieces to be put inside a bowl. This fun craft actually allows kids to play with their food!
You might think that it's a hassle to have to type each student's name on a basket, and then type it again letter by letter on each page of the file. However, the great thing about this product is that it is an editable .pdf document that automatically updates as you enter the names. What I mean by this is that you will only have to type each student’s name one time on the first page, and then it will autofill each student’s name on the baskets throughout the document. While there is a little prep work for doing the name crafts in the classroom, having the editable .pdf format does take out a lot of the time needed to prepare! The best way to prep fun activities is the most efficient one!
Completing the Project
Once it's time for students to actually start working on the name craft, there are two parts of the project. During the first part, students color their craft. Like in our earlier Easter craft example, there are eggs and baskets to color, cut, and glue with a simple glue stick. They'll have the best time using different colors as a creative way to express themselves.
Then, like with many of my seasonal crafts, I also like to include a writing prompt. It gives students a chance to use some of their academic skills along with their crafting skills. It's a great time to practice sight words while also having a lot of fun. The best part? This also allows a meaningful way to create memories and gives you the perfect excuse to showcase your student's hard work!
Displaying Name Crafts
As mentioned before, when displaying the name crafts, I like to put students' written pieces with their crafts. Then, you can hang them in the hallway, on a bulletin board, or even on your classroom door. However, you also have the choice of only doing the craft, if that's what you prefer for your seasonal display!
Either way, your students will love seeing their classroom decorated with something they put a lot of effort into! Most young students, such as our kindergarteners, love seeing their name displayed anywhere and everywhere—but especially in the classroom. Adding that to a craft that they got to create on their own will make them feel pride in their work. It also helps them to feel like an important member of the class. Plus, it's just lots of fun! Not only that, but since these name crafts have seasonal themes, they make great classroom decorations for holidays like Easter and St. Patrick’s Day. So much fun, right?
There are so many ways to practice learning their names, too. This can be done through hands-on learning centers, at home projects, etc. Tracing the letters of the name on the craft with a black marker is a simple and fun activity to add too.
There are so many different ways to make name activities fun and engaging. It's the perfect way to engage kids of all ages. It's an easy craft they will want to do over and over again. Not only are they learning how to spell their names, they are learning to recognize the letters in their name. This is a big win! Only further making them more than proud to show off their finished product.
I have a lot of fun crafting fun lesson plans for my kiddos. Even if it's just putting googly eyes on a paper plate, hands on activities are fun for everyone! What do you think of these art activities? What are some of your favorites? Let me know in the comments below!