Posted by: ad65shorty | August 11, 2009

Tactile Names and Name Necklaces

Tactile Names:

Studies show that children learn best with hands-on, tactile activities. This is a great activity to reinforce that.

Write your child’s name on a piece of paper with Elmer’s glue. I like to write it in marker first (make it LARGE), then put glue on the top. Have your child use beans, popcorn kernels, buttons, etc. to form their names. When it’s dry, have them trace the letters with their fingers in correct formation.

**As a reminder, please teach your children to recognize and write their names with a capital letter at the beginning with lowercase following.

Name Necklaces:

Another fun activity that strengthens those fine motor muscles: make name necklaces!

1. Color the noodles. Put some noodles in a Ziplock bag. Add 1 tbsp. of rubbing alcohol and 4 to 5 drops of food coloring.  If you want a more intense color then add more food coloring and let it sit longer. Shake the bag until the noodles are covered. Lay out on a cookie sheet. I like to lay down waxed paper first. Allow to dry overnight.

2. When dry, write one letter per noodle with a Sharpie marker to spell your child’s name. Put in a bag for each child with a piece of yarn.

3. Let your child build their name. I like to tape one end of the yarn to the table with masking tape first so the noodles don’t fall off. Also be sure to stress that the letters need to go in order and be right-side up. It might help to have a name tag for your child to look at.

4. Wear with pride!

**I reinforced patterning with this activity by writing every other letter on a different color (A is blue, n is yellow, g is blue, etc).



  1. I love this idea. I’ve never dyed noodles before! Great idea, and super cheap.

  2. And the noodles are very versatile. You can dye different types and use them for all sorts of art projects!

  3. Angee, hi there! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I have a 4 year old that will be entering school and I love this idea. I am going to work on his name this week. Thanks for the tip.

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