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Start Writing My Name

Letter and name recognition are early literacy milestones for young children. This activity provides creative engagements in tactile and kinesthetic learning.

  • Grade 1
  • Multiple Lesson Periods
  • Directions

    1. As children learn about the letters of the alphabet, invites them to use Crayola® Model Magic to create the letters contained in their names. Encourage them to observe the use of upper- and lower-case letters, variations in name lengths, similarities in letters in names, and other letter and word characteristics.
    2. Have students put on their art smocks and cover work space with recycled newspaper. Challenge them to design decorative patterns on Model Magic letters with beads or other craft materials. Demonstrate for the class several ways of approaching this task. Invite students to attack the task with an approach shown or another that they are comfortable with. Once student artwork is completed, allow at least 24 hours to air-dry.
    3. Mat the name plates on larger pieces of construction paper with Crayola Washable Glue Sticks. Display completed work in the classroom.
  • Standards

    LA: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.

    LA: Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

    LA: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing.

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

    VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.

  • Adaptations

    Possible classroom resources include: Dr. Seuss's ABC: An Amazing Alphabet Book! by Dr. Seuss; Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson; The Alphabet Room by Sara Pinto; The Racecar Alphabet by Brian Floca; The Number Garden by Sara Pinto; City by Numbers by Stephen T. Johnson

    Students use their Model Magic letters to play sorting games, matching games with upper-case and lower-case letters, as well as phonics games. Some children may also create a whole alphabet.

    Each week, pin a Crayola Model Magic letter on a blank bulletin board. As the school week progresses, students post words used in class that begin with that letter. For example, the "P" bulletin board could include Paul, parrot, paint, paper, pet, etc. Extend this to a study of blends, digraphs, diphthongs, prefixes, etc.

    Encourage students to create their first names using Crayola Model Magic. Attach letters to a piece of recycled cardboard for display in the classroom.


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  • Creativity.
  • Capacity.
  • Collaboration.
  • Change.
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