Each day we rely on our well-developed fine motor skills to complete tasks with ease. Cutting, eating with utensils, tying a bow, brushing our hair and teeth, holding a pencil, buttoning and zipping are all tasks that require our fine motor skills.
While they are things we don’t think twice about, they are skills that must be developed in children. When a child’s fine motor skills are weak their self-esteem can suffer, their academic performance is compromised and their play options can be limited.
As teachers we are responsible for providing activities and resources that help our students develop fine motor skills that will allow them to be successful both in and out of the classroom. I also know we rarely have the luxury of teaching one single skill in isolation. There is so much content to cover and with students with different needs in our class, we often find ourselves trying to kill two birds with one stone.
With this in mind, I created a resource that will help develop fine motor skills while at the same time help young learners recognize, learn to spell, and write their names. Today I’m thrilled to share the details of my Fine Motor Name Activities resource with you!
All too often activities that involve student names require you to hand print each individual name for every activity, but not this resource! Instead, it has been created as an editable “auto fill” document so you can personalize each page for your students in no time at all! It’s so simple. Once you type your students names into the class list, you simply print the pages that you want to use. Take a look at this quick demo video below to see how this resource will literally save you HOURS of work!
Another perk of this resource is the ability it has to meet the needs of all different learners. There are 9 different activities included that range from identifying letters of their name to writing it. Students who are ready to take on more of a challenge can benefit from recognizing and working on their last names or classmates names too.
So let’s take a closer look at the 9 editable activities included in the Fine Motor Name Activities ….
RAINBOW TRACE & WRITE
This is an activity that can be printed on paper and used once or laminated and use over and over again! Students are motivated to trace their name multiple times because they get to do so with all the colors of the rainbow!
RAINBOW WRITE & NAME BUILDING
In “Rainbow Write” students turn their name into a beautiful rainbow as they practice writing it in all different colors! Under their rainbow they practice the spelling of their name by placing the letters proper order.
Name pennants are the perfect activity for the beginning of the year and serve as great decorations for your classroom. Students color their name and a picture of themselves. Students love finding each others names around the room!
FILL YOUR NAME
Fine motor skills are best developed when students have the opportunity to manipulate different objects. This activity does just that as it allow students to “fill their names” with a variety of materials including playdoh, wiki sticks, beads, watercolor, pom poms, and more! Your students will surely find this hands-on activity engaging and fun!
Reinforce math patterning skills while students color their names in a pattern! Once the name patterns are finished, create a bulletin board or hang their colorful names around the room so students have an opportunity to practice recognizing names of their peers while reading the room.
What kid doesn’t love a crown?! They can write, trace or color their name and then decorate their crown to fit their personality! It’s a great activity for the start of the year, classroom celebrations and birthdays.
TRACE, WRITE, & SPELL NAMES
This is another activity that can be printed on paper or laminated to be used over and over again. The word boxes provide an extra support as they help students visualize the shape of the letters.
These name tags have so many purposes! Use them on student desks, in pocket charts for centers, morning check-ins, or print two copies of each name and make a memory game out of them!
ABC NAME WHEEL
Print a few of these on colored cardstock, place in a basket with mini clothespins or paper clips for students to “clip” the letters in their first, middle, or last names. Easy-peasy for you!
This activity can be used over and over again. It’s the perfect literacy center and students love to put their classmates’ names together!
As teachers, we work so hard to ensure we give our students the opportunities to develop and learn the wide range of skills we know they will need for success. Relying on resources and activities that allow students to develop multiple skills at one time is a smart and effective way help cover more ground. I hope you’ll find that using my Fine Motor Name Activities is an easy and stress-free way for you to aid your learners to recognize, learn to spell, and write their names!