Easy Name Writing Practice

August 24, 2012

Playful Learning: Easy Handwriting Practice

As children and parents settle back into their school (or homeschool) routines, it is a good time to practice some simple skills. One big milestone in the minds of children (and parents) is the ability to successfully write their own name. Many youngsters will be expected  to accomplish this task at school, so it is nice to create fun ways for them practice this important skill.

One super-simple activity is to print out customized handwriting practice sheets and laminate them so that children can use dry erase markers to practice writing again and again. While this may not sound that exciting to us grown-ups, adding the dry erase element makes this an inviting activity for the budding writers in our lives.

This great website allows you to choose the style and size font that is appropriate for your child and personalize the text. I suggest the following sequence for young writers (this may differ depending on the handwriting program being used at school or home).

Name Practice: First Name, All CapsFirst Name with All Capital Letters

Name Practice: Full Name, All Capital LettersFull Name with All Capital Letters

Name Practice: First Name, Lower CaseFirst Name with Lower Case Letters

Name Practice: Full Name, Lower CaseFull Name with Lower Case Letters

Once you have printed out the appropriate handwriting practice sheet for your child you can use these easy self-sealing laminating pouches to preserve them. Once your child has mastered his or her own name it is fun to add the names of family members into the mix.

Handwriting Supply StorageI like to keep everything stored in these handy pouches for easy access and clean-up!

For more fun ways to practice writing names, be sure to check out this great post over at Hands On: As We Grow.

I also love this Watercolor Name Painting activity over at Hellobee.

For more tips on handwriting practice, click here.


Mariah Bruehl is a parent, educator, and author of the book Playful Learning: Develop Your Child’s Sense of Joy and Wonder (Shambhala Publications, 2011). In 2008 Mariah brought her expertise online, creating the Parents’ Choice Gold Medal award-winning Web site Playful Learning. In 2011 she launched the Playful Learning Ecademy, which takes virtual-learning experiences to a new level by incorporating the best practices in education with engaging hands-on lessons, bringing parents and children together from all over the world into a unique, creative, community environment.


  1. Organic Cents said on August 27, 2012 #

    Thanks for this. I was able to print my daughter’s name in cursive. She has been itching to be able to write in cursive so she will be thrilled!

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