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Busy Hands: Caterpillar Name Puzzle (Free Printable)

Once toddlers and preschoolers have a fair understanding of the letters of the alphabet, a fun activity to do is to learn to spell their name. One of the things I have been doing to promote name recognition with Little Dude is writing his name on all his books. So, before we start reading, we say the letters of his name out loud. This simple activity has helped him learn how to 'spell' his name, and he remembers it quite well.

As with most learning, practice is important. Name recognition activities like the Caterpillar Name Puzzle we did recently are an interesting way for your child to practice the letters in their name. It's very easy to do, and you can customize it to your child's name with the free printable below.


Here's how you can do this activity:


1. Take a colour print-out of the free printable (link below). You can take two printouts for longer names.

2. Cut out the required number of squares to spell your child's name.

3. Write the name using a felt-tip marker. If you are looking for printable alphabets, you can use the free printable letters from our Alphabet Matching Activity. Older kids can even write their name themselves and you can make this a name writing activity!

4. Place the letters jumbled up on a table or tray.

5. Put the 'head' of the caterpillar first to give your child a starting point, and ask them to arrange the letters in the right order in their name.

Little Dude liked doing this, and he got it right too! The picture below is a set-up I created to demonstrate the activity.

Caterpillar Name Puzzle - fun name recognition activity with a free printable.


Download free Caterpillar Name Puzzle printable here.



Once you have clicked on the link, it will open in Google Drive. There is no log-in required. You can either download the printable by clicking on the arrow (for printing later), or print directly by clicking on the print icon. The file is in PDF format, you will have to use Adobe Reader if you are downloading it to open and print later. When you print, make sure your printer's setting is in the Landscape format.

If your download doesn't start when you click on the arrow, check if a pop-up has been blocked, and allow it on your browser for Google Drive.



This post has been written as part of the Name Recognition and Writing Series on the Preschool Powol Packets blog. Visit them for some more great ideas on name recognition and writing activities.




Busy Hands is a series about activities and craft 
you can do with toddlers and young children.


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14 comments

lucy B said...

Lovely activity for little ones. I have printed some out thanks. I am going to use a set for putting numbers in order too. Lucy @ TwoTinyCrafters.blogspot.co.uk

Kristy Boxberger said...

Great for kids.

Sara (@mumturnedmom) said...

Great idea, my little girl has mastered her numbers and is now starting to recognise more letters too, I need to help her a bit more that I am at the moment! #letkidsbekids

Kristen Stevens said...

What a cute idea! I Me and my 3 year old daughter have just started learning to write our letters and this sounds like it would be a fun activity to go with it. Found via Let Kids be Kids Linky

we3threeblog said...

that's a cute idea, love it! #LetKidsBeKids

Tarana said...

That's a great idea, Lucy!

Tarana said...

That's great, a few visual activities really do help with the recognition!

Tarana said...

Glad you liked it!

Clare's Little Tots said...

Love this idea, perfect for my 3 year old #LetKidsBekids

Melissa Matters said...

How creative! Going to do this with my three-year-old.

Karen Bell said...

Great idea for little ones to learn their name.
Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

My Bored Toddler said...

What a great way to teach children how to spell and recognise their name. Love the printable too! Thanks for sharing at #ToddlerFunFriday

Caroline said...

Another fantastic activity Tarana! Monkeyrecgonises his own name but it's such a great idea to help them get the idea of spelling too - I will be printing that off! :) xx #toddlerfunfriday

Tarana said...

Hope he likes the activity!

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