Day 7 of 31 Days of Kindergarten and today is all about 20 FREE Name Activities for the First Week of Kindergarten.

20+ FREE Name Activities for the first week of Kindergarten - kindergartenchaos.com

News flash!! Most of my kindergartners come into my classroom on the first day of school and know their name, but cannot identify it. And most likely, this is the same for your kinder class. I typically spend the first week(s) of school doing lots of different activities with their names. I try and incorporate and integrate as many different skills into these activities as possible. Some of these activities have counting, some have reading, some have writing, but they are all fun and hands-on!  I have a few of my own ideas here, but I have found some great new ideas to try this next school year! I hope you enjoy these 20 FREE Name Activities for the First Week of Kindergarten!

Easy to Make Name Puzzles - Name Recognition - kindergartenchaos.com

This is a fun and easy activity that you can prep before school even starts! One year I even made these and gave them away at Meet the Teacher day, so they could work on their name before the first day of school even happened!

  1. Use sentence strips to write each student’s name, with ample space to draw crooked lines.
  2. Using a highlighter or different color marker, make ‘cutting’ zig-zag lines.
  3. Students will cut out their name puzzle and place in ziploc baggie, to practice putting together their name!

I love this activity, since it covers more than one skill! I love that it gives the students cutting practice, that they must listen and follow directions, plus, it covers name recognition!

Kindergarten Name Mosaic for the First Weeks of Kindergarten - kindergartenchaos.com

Next up, is a favorite activity in my class. The one is called the name mosaic. Basically, I cut large white paper in half, making a large rectangle. Next, I write their name, using a highlighter or marker. I also have tons of those little scrap-booking 2″ squares that I use for this project. I model tearing the squares in half (one more step and fine motor skill practice) and then gluing them down, tracing their name. I end up using these adorable name mosaics on my hallway bulletin board!

Name Collage

Name Collage from Splish Splash Splatter

The following ideas and pictures are not my own, but amazing and fun ideas I have found through my online research. Please visit their blogs for more information on each picture and idea.

Name Kit

Name Kits from Fun-A-Day

Name Matching Activities

Name Matching Activities from Early Learning Ideas

Photo Name Puzzle

Photo Name Puzzles from Tot Schooling

Name Chant

Name Chant from Kindergarten Kiosk

Name Traceable

EDITABLE (FREE) Name Traceable from Miss Campos

Hands-On Name activities

Hands-on Name Activity idea from Inquiring Minds: Mrs.Myer’s Kindergarten

Ice Cream Scoop Name Activity

{FREE} Ice Cream Scoop Name Activity from A Dab of Glue Will Do

Name Folders

Name Folders from Play to Learn

Rainbow Dot Names

Rainbow Dot Name Art from Welcome to Room 36

Clothespin Name Activity

Clothespin Name Activity from Munchkins and Moms

Magnetic Letters on Door

Magnetic Names from Mrs.Bremer’s Class

Name Recognition Soup

Name Recognition Soup from Munchkins and Moms

Alphabet Sticks

Alphabet Sticks from More Than ABC’s and 123’s

Build a Name

Build Your Name from Choices Family Daycare

How Many Letters in my Name

How Many Letters in my Name? From Illuminations


Learning My Name Sensory Bin from Nurture Store

Everybody Has a Name Poem

Everybody Has a Name Poem from The First Grade Parade

Free School Bus Name Activity

{FREE} Printable School Bus Name Activity from Tot Schooling

Name Freebie

{FREE} All About My Name from Cherry Workshop

Name Graph

Name Graph from Mrs.Bohaty’s Kindergarten Kingdom

I hope you have enjoyed this round-up of 20 FREE Name Activities for the First Week of Kindergarten. Do you have any name activities that you use in your classroom? I would LOVE to hear about it or even see a picture! Feel free to leave a comment on this post, or visit me on FB, or Instagram! Looking for more ideas? Look no further…check out 20+ Ideas for Meet the Teacher or 5 Tips for School Year Prep that You Can Do at Home.

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7 Responses

  1. Your ideas of teaching the kids how to write their names are genius. I wish I would have learned these types of games in kindergarten! My sister is going to teach kindergarten for the first time next year. I think I will send her this article to give her a few ideas. Thanks!

  2. Thank you for these suggestions 🙂 I will be using some of them this year as I embark on teaching Kindergarten for the first time.

  3. Name College from Splish Splash Splatter

    How do you get the square shapes to glue on the student’s name?

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