Making our own name puzzle was one of the first ways Tristan started to identify letters. Children love to be able to recognise their own name so we began with those letters.
It was nearing Valentine’s so in the spirit I cut out some white hearts and glued them onto a strip of orange paper (not so romantic, but it was Tristan’s choice of colour) I printed out a letter from his name on each heart.
I laminated the strip with contact paper then cut between the hearts, making each one different so that they will only fit together in one way.
(I admit, it’s been so long since we’ve done this activity that one of the pieces has become lost, and I have yet to find it)
We began by reviewing the letters and singing them out in a strange tune (that Tristan still uses on occasion to practice his name a year later). Next we gave the cards a shuffle and then sang the song and found each letter to place them in the correct order.
This worked so well I will definitely be doing the same with Kallista’s name when the time comes!
See our page for more ideas on learning about letters.