Name activities are some of my favorites because Rea really enjoys learning about her name. Plus, I have seen a TON of progress on this skill so that is always rewarding. She is now able to identify all of the letters in her name and when she sees the letters R-E-A-G-A-N, she knows it spells Reagan! The next step is knowing the order to put the letters of her name.
Name activities are a great way to introduce the alphabet because they hold meaning to your Lil’. Your Lil’ is interested in learning about themselves because they are egocentric at this age.
This activity is hands-on and allows your Lil’ to manipulate the letters of their name as they learn.
Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills


  • Recognizes name
  • Identify the letters in name


  • Begins to write name

Fine Motor Skills

  • Coordinating the use of arms, hands, and fingers together to manipulate objects with increasing accuracy
  • Engage in activities that require hand-eye coordination

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills


  • Recognizes name
  • Identify the letters in name


  • Can write name

Required Materials

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Caterpillar Name Template

*Construction Paper

*Pipe cleaner

*Googley Eyes



Step #1
Open the Caterpillar Name template in a PDF reading program.

Click on each green circle to type in your Lil’s name. One letter per circle.

Download the KG Primary Dots font HERE to use a tracing effect (it is free.)

Step #2
Print and cut out the edited template.
Step #3
Cut a piece of construction paper in half hot dog style.
Step #4
Write your Lil’s name on one half of the construction paper.

Write your Lil’s name on the circles with one letter per circle.

Step #5

Glue the red circle to the blank piece of construction paper.

Step #6
Glue the green letter circles to the paper in order to spell your Lil’s name.

Encourage your Lil’ to use the construction paper with their name written on it as a guide for the order of the letters when they are building their caterpillar.

Step #7
Cut a pipecleaner into fourths and use two pieces to create antenna.

Glue two googley eyes to the red circle to complete your caterpillar.

Teacher Tip

Your Lil’s level of independence will vary based on their skills. The more of this activity they do on their own, the more challenging it will be. Our Lil’ Explorers likely need all the prep done for them (cutting and writing), whereas some of our Lil’ Creators may be able to do the cutting on their own and trace over the letters of their name.


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