Here are some simple activities/games to help children practice how to spell their names, the names of their family members and also learn about animals.
We read this lovely book called ” A little boy who lost his name” (Read my complete review here) recently. The book is published by UK based firm called Lost my name. In the book, a little boy wakes up one morning and cannot remember his name. He goes on an adventure to find his name and on the way meets lots of animals and birds. The animals and birds give a letter from their own name and in the end the little boy finds that the letters the animals and birds have given him are actually letters in his own name.
It is a lovely book that is personalized to your child’s name. We have read this book so many times and we decided to do some activities to go with the book and came up with A-Z animal activity.
Here are few ways we played it
- Matching letters to animal pictures
- Memory game using animal cards
- Get letters from animals and birds to form your name.
- Match animals to letters in names of family members
- A-Z – Match the animal names.
You would need to take a printout of the animal pictures and alphabet cards. Laminate if required. Cut the pictures and alphabets. You can download the animal and alphabet cardshere .
For the memory game, you need to take two copies of the animal cards.
Matching letters to animal pictures.
- Stack the animal pictures and alphabets separately.
- Invite the child to pick a picture card.
- Now ask the child to tell the name of the animal/bird.
- Ask the child what the beginning sound of animal’s name is
- Next ask the child to pick the beginning letter of the animal’s name from the other stack.
Memory game using animal cards
Depending on the age of your child, you can decide how many animal pictures you would like to use for the game. Two or more people can play this game.
Say you want to use 5 animal pictures. Make sure you have two copies of those 5 animal pictures.
- Place the 10 cards on the floor, such that the printed side faces down.
- Ask the child to pick a card.
- Next, ask your child to pick another card. If the two cards match, he gets a point and gets to keep the cards
- If the cards do not match, turn them back over.
- The next person picks two cards and the game continues until all the matching pairs have been found.
Get letters from animals and birds to form your name.
This game is exactly similar to what happens in the book. We played it with the animal pictures we have. Watch the video to see how we played the game.
Match animals to letters in names of family members
- Ask the child to spell the names of his/her mom, dad, brother, sister, grand parents.
- Form the name using the alphabet cards
- For each of the alphabet in the name, match the corresponding animal card
A-Z – Match the animal names
- Ask the child to arrange the alphabets from A-Z
- For each of the alphabet, ask the child to find the corresponding animal card based on the beginning sound of animal name
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You can download the alphabet cards and animal cards here
Your Turn Now:
How did you teach your kids to spell their names?
If you do try out any of these activities, do share your experience with us.