Beginner Name Writing Practice for Preschoolers

Here’s a simple way for parents and teachers to encourage name writing practice and letter formation. Children will practice writing the letters in their name and later practice putting the letters in order to spell their name- perfect for preschoolers showing an interest in writing!

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Theo is now  3 1/2 years old is beginning to show an interest in writing his name. He’s still a bit intimidated by practicing letter formation on plain paper, so I came up with a way that provides more of a guide for him.

This technique gave him more confidence in practicing to write the letters in his name and was super easy to set up. And my favorite part- when your child is done writing, you can use the letters to practice spelling his/her name! (This post contains affiliate links.)


Name Writing Practice for Preschoolers

Directions for Name Writing Practice

1. You’ll first need to type your child’s name and print it out onto white cardstock. (You can use regular paper, but the cardstock is thicker and holds up better as your child is manipulating the letters.) You could also just write the letters yourself by hand.


Tips if you choose to type and print the letters:

Find a font on your word processing program that is an outline so your child can fill in each letter. You can play around with the size until you find one you like. (I downloaded this free font and set my font size to 650.)

If you’re having trouble finding an outline font you like and are using a Mac, you can try this (not sure how to do it on a PC):

  • Find a font you like and type the letters in bold.
  • Highlight the letters.
  • Go to the format menu and select ‘font’.
  • Select ‘text effects’ at the bottom.
  • Change the text fill to white.
  • Change the text line to black. (You can thicken the line by changing its weight.)


2. Set out some markers or crayons for your child to use. (I took out some Pip-Squeaks markers Theo hadn’t seen in a while to make the activity even more exciting!)


3. Invite your child to write each letter inside the bubble letters numerous times with different colors.

name practice for preschoolers with rainbow letters

  • Since Theo is a very beginning writer, I first modeled writing the letter on my own while he observed. I verbalized what I was doing. So, for instance, when I wrote the ‘e’, I said “Go across, then up and around.”
  • After modeling the letter, I then helped him to write the letter by guiding his hand with mine.
  • After the previous two steps, he was feeling confident enough to do it on his own.
  • Pencil Grip: Theo has not yet mastered holding a pencil correctly for writing. Although I tried working with him on correct grip, it increased his stress and frustration when doing this activity. Because of this, I didn’t reinforce it for this particular activity.  


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4. After your child has finished filling in each letter many times, cut out the letters. (Or invite your child to cut them out if he/she is comfortable with cutting.)


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5. Mix up the letters, and help your child put them in order to spell his/her name.


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6. To make the name activity more of a game, hide each letter around the room. Your child can search for all of the letters before using them to spell his/her name. As children find the letters, it’s fun to hear them voice which letters are still needing to be found!


Remember: Don’t push your child to the point of frustration. It’s normal for the activity to be a bit challenging, but if your child is beginning to get frustrated, be sure to modify the activity. Some ways to modify the activity:

  • Help your child trace the letters with his/her finger.
  • Simply color in the bubble letters like a coloring page rather than writing letters within each bubble letter. You can still cut them out and use them to practice spelling your child’s name.
  • Use the letters as a playdough mat. Roll up some playdough and place some onto each letter. Manipulate the playdough to look like each letter.
  • Use paper clips (or any small part) to fill in each letter.
  • Use Do a Dot Art Markers to fill in each letter.


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Name Writing Practice for Preschool: Simple way to introduce letter formation, name writing, and name recognition. Post includes tips on turning this ABC activity into a sensory learning activity. ~


  1. What a cute idea! I might even cut my daughter’s out before she colors them since she is young (almost 2), it would still give her idea of how to draw the shape of the letter. Thanks!

  2. After you finish coloring them , you can laminate the letters to use them for practicing putting the letters in the right order for their name.

  3. Holly Jones says:

    More wonderful ideas. Can’t wait to try this one out with my 3-year-old bunch!

  4. Love this, thanks! 😀

  5. Thelma Barnhart says:

    This is wonderful we love this one

  6. What a wonderful idea! I especially love the gross motor play idea of hiding letters and inviting your children to find them!

  7. This is such a great idea!
    Your little guy is adorable too!

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  8. Hi!
    Love your ideas!
    I’m a therapist in the school system. If you want to work on grasp, you can switch to crayons to trace a few times. Take your old crayons or buy a cheap box that you can break. Break those crayons in to small pieces and it FORCES a proper grasp. Same with chalk. You could do pencils too!! You don’t leave enough room on the them for all those little fingers! =)

  9. Super cute idea! I’m going to use this with my preschoolers!
    Also glad you addressed the pencil grip…at first I cringed when I saw it, but being 3 1/2, that’s pretty normal… but the ‘getting kids ready for kindergarten’ in me works so hard with my kiddos that it threw me 🙂

    • I completely get the pencil grip concern, Meg! When Lucy was 3, she would have nothing to do with me helping her with her pencil grip, but my kinder teacher friend came and worked with her, and she was good ever since. My son, on the other hand, can only handle so many new experiences at once. We’re still working on that grip! 🙂


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