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Tracing the Letters in Your Name

I love this name tracing activity. I still have memories of doing this myself when I was in 4th grade. It’s a great way to reinforce letter recognition, using a capital at the beginning of a name, and tracing lines.

Supplies for Name Tracing Activity:

  • paper
  • colored pencils or crayons

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Start by writing your name on the paper, preferably in black. Make sure you’ve got an upper case letter to start and lower case letters to follow. Then using a new color of pencil, trace around the name in a bubble type form.

Trace around and around, and around, until you’ve filled the whole paper with lines.

This is a great activity for older children, but my 4 year old loved practicing too. My daughter did a pretty good job tracing, trying her best to make it around her whole name, or nick name “Goose”!

16 comments

  1. Like so many others – thanks for the reminder. This was a favorite activity for so many over the years – and one that I haven’t used in the last few. Think we’ll do this afternoon. Thanks again for the a-hah! moment when I say the post.

  2. Marie–YOU have the best posts. Simple, classic children’s crafts that are easy to pull off and become big favorites. Thanks. That’s what I love about this site. (And also the Rosemary Peasant Bread, which I made last night…making it about the 20th time I’ve made that!)

  3. Deborah – Yes, bubble letters! I worked hard on those too. After I wrote this post, I thought about how I should write a bubble letter how-to post too!!

  4. Oh, thanks for the reminder – I used to LOVE to do this, too and I know my 8 year old is going to think it is super cool (she’s going through a big fancy writing stage w/ her name – drawing hearts over the I’s and things like that)

    FUN!

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