Here is a simple and adorable name activity for preschoolers! This low-prep activity for kids invites them to work on letter and name recognition skills while strengthening fine motor skills. Try using dandelions or wildflowers!
We’ve been sharing a bunch of dandelion activities this spring and I have a couple more ideas for you! Today, I want to share our dandelion name board activity. I love this one because it took me 2 minutes to set up and kept my little guy busy for a good 30 minutes. It’s not easy for those little hands to thread dandelions on the board, so this was a good challenge for him!
Leo has been writing his name in all capital letters, so this is a great way to get him thinking about just capitalizing the first letter of his name.
Ready to make these name boards!? Here’s what you’ll need..
- Cardboard– These cardboard sheets are a convenient option if you don’t have any to reuse.
- Something sharp to puncture holes in the cardboard- I used a sharp pencil.
- Scissors or X Acto Knife– These are excellent for cardboard crafts! They are very sharp ONLY for adult use.
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Here’s How We Made Them:
Cut a piece of cardboard into whatever shape you choose! You could cut a star, heart, square, or circle. We decided to keep it simple went with a rectangle since we just made the dandelion shape boards.
I wrote his name in pencil and poked holes along the pencil line with a sharp pencil. I poked the pencil all the way through to make larger holes. This makes it a little easier for threading the dandelion stems.
Invite your child to make his or her name! I encouraged Leo to start the dandelions at the top line of the “L” just like he was writing his name.
It’s easier if you work with shorter stems because they stay in the board easier when it’s pressed against the ground. Leo had to tear a bit more of the dandelion stem pictured below. You can also tape the stems to the back of the board like we did with our dandelion frame activity.
We have thousands of dandelions in our yard right now, but Leo liked running around the yard searching for the perfect ones for his name!
He was so proud of his work when it was complete!
He carried it around the yard for the rest of the night, setting it against trees while he played! I couldn’t help but think that it would make a cute sign for a birthday party!
When you are finished, you can take the dandelions out and save if for wildflowers!
Pin it and save it for later!
I hope you give this simple nature activity a try! I promise, your little nature lovers will love it as much as my boys.