At-the-Beach Names

At-the-Beach Names lesson plan

  • 1.

    Notice when young children begin to be interested in the letters in their names. Suggest this activity as one way to learn the alphabet. See also ABCs-Alphabet Bowl Containers.

  • 2.

    The more children do themselves, the more they learn. Several steps of this activity may require some adult assistance, but give children every opportunity to do it on their own.

  • 3.

    Talk individually with children about letter names, shapes, and sounds.

  • 4.

    To make letters: Write the letters in your name on paper with a Crayola® Construction Paper™ Crayon. Use upper- and lower-case letters.

  • 5.

    On cardboard, draw 4-inch high outline letters for your name. Cut them out with Crayola® Scissors.

  • 6.

    Place letters backwards on the smooth side of a sheet of fine sandpaper. Trace around letters with crayon. Cut out sandpaper letters.

  • 7.

    To make cards: Count the letters in your name. With a ruler, measure that many rectangles, about 2 inches bigger than your tallest letter, on a file folder. Cut out the rectangles. Write your name in crayon on the back.

  • 8.

    Use Crayola® School Glue to attach each letter to a card. Dry overnight.

  • 9.

    Put all the letters of your name in order. Trace each one with your finger. Feel how wonderfully rough the sandpaper is.


  • Letters, Numbers & Words
  • Listening
  • Talking
  • Vocabulary
  • Physical: Eye - Hand Coordination
  • Physical: Senses
  • Physical: Small Muscles
  • Social & Emotional: Making Friends
  • Thinking: Creating
  • Thinking: Problem Solving
  • Thinking: Understanding Concepts