Here are some suggestions on how to "write" your name without ever picking up a pencil. Sometimes children are not ready to actually form the letters of their name properly so rather than start bad habits, try out activities that establish name recognition. These could easily be used as sign in stations in early childhood classes instead of actually writing your name.
1. Circle the correct name: An adult writes different names on the paper. The student's job is to find and circle only their name. For a class, write everyone's name on the paper several times and photocopy it so each child can find and circle their own name.
2. Sensory Bin Name Search: Throw some letters into a sensory bin. The student has to find the letters in his/her name and put in the correct order. 3. Clothespin Clip Name: Write the student's name on a large craft stick. Write each letter of his/her name on each clothespin. The student has to clip the letters to the correct location to "write" his/her name.
4. Bottle Cap Names: Put stickers on recycled water bottle caps. Write letters on the stickers. The student has to find the letters in his/her name and place in the correct order.5. Puzzle Names: Write the student's name on an index card. Cut it up into different sections depending upon the student's abilities. The student has to then put the puzzle together to form his/her name. In the picture above, the puzzles increase in difficulty with the first puzzle separating only the first letter and the rest of the name and the last puzzle is each letter.