Activity for ages 3 to 5.
My favorite way to begin teaching kids how to read is to start them off with the word they love most: their name! These playful, editable name puzzles are perfect for a zoo unit, beginning of year activity or just because. And, just like our super popular Editable Name Games, they work with any name under the sun so you can easily personalize them for every single child. MAJOR bonus!
To prep, I simply typed Little Sister’s (age 3) name into the PDF (below). Since she has five letters, I scrolled down to the sheet of 5-letter puzzles and then typed each of her letters in the right spot below the picture.
I printed the sheet of puzzles on cardstock to give it extra durability.
Then I cut along the gray lines to separate the pieces and slid each set into a snack sized Ziploc bag to keep the parts together.
When Little Sister (age 3) first began learning how to spell her name, I taught her a simple song to make it easier for her to remember it. Every time we spell her name now, we sing that tune together so that she connects the name of each letter with the written symbol.
(Sung to the tune of BINGO.)
There was a family had a girl and Avery was her name-o.
And Avery was her name-o.
Note: You can find songs for 2 to 8-letter names HERE.
Little Sister (age 3) always loves a fun name activity so she was eager to jump right in and get started!
She grabbed the first puzzle in the batch and, singing her song out loud as she worked, she found each letter and slid it into place.
In no time at all she spelled her name and made her happy orange tiger magically appear.
One puzzle after the next, she worked her way through all four sets. (The monkey was one of my personal favorites.)
Grab Your Set
Click the blue download button below to snag a batch of personalized name songs for YOUR kids and then hop over and snag our Editable Name Games too!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
Editable Name Puzzles // Playdough to Plato
It’s a Zoo Graphing Game // Stay at Home Educator
Zoo Themed STEM Activity // Sara J Creations
Interactive Animal Alphabet Flashcards // Science Kiddo
Zoo Sight Word Book // Still Playing School
Zoo Small World Busy Box // Play and Learn Every Day
Zoo Animals: Tracing Lines // Liz’s Early Learning Spot
Letter and Number Matching Puzzles // The Simplified Classroom
Zoo Busy Box // Teach Me Mommy
Zoo Pom Pom Mats // Fairy Poppins
Invitation to Make Dear Zoo Small World // Adventures and Play
Zoo Themed Counting Clip Cards // Schooling a Monkey
Zoo Number Puzzles // The STEM Laboratory
Zoo First to 20 and First to 50 Math Game // A Dab of Glue Will Do