Here comes another “name” favorite! I usually do this activity early in the name study, as it is so popular. The set up is very simple. I type out each child’s name in a large font and print out a set of names. (You could also hand write every child’s name on a piece of paper.) The name should fill the page.
I put each piece of paper in a plastic sleeve (page protector), and give each child a chunk of play dough. They then have to build their name using play dough! I model this process for them first, and point out how I pay attention to the features of each letter as I build it. For example, I call attention to straight lines, curves, short or long lines, etc.
This activity requires kids to notice features of letters, and it gives them a concrete, tactile experience exploring those letters (which is great, given how symbolic letters actually are!) They also begin to notice how many letters they have in their names, as some of them need more play dough than others!
Best of all, the kids love it! How do you use tactile activities to explore letters, words, and names?