One of the very first activities I ever did with Reagan (before Sandbox Academy was even a thing) was a name letter hop. I wrote her name down on construction paper, placed the letters on the floor, and asked her to hop from letter to letter. It was a quick, fun and easy way for her to learn to identify the letters in her name. Fast forward about a year or so and we incorporate name hops into our activities all the time because we still love them.

Whenever we have the opportunity to incorporate a literacy and movement at the same time the activity is a major win. 

This preschool activity will work on letter identification name recognition, writing, and gross motor movements.

Grab a FREE copy of the template in the Required Materials section below.

Lil’ Explorers Focus Skills

Reading

  • Recognizes name
  • Identify the letters in name

Writing

  • Uses writing materials to write (pencils, pens, crayons, markers)
  • Begins to write name

Gross Motor Skills

  • Use locomotor skills with balance in a variety of directions
  • Use locomotor skills with coordination in a variety of directions

Lil’ Creators Focus Skills

Reading

  • Recognizes name
  • Identify the letters in name

Writing

  • Can write name

Gross Motor Skills

  • Use locomotor skills with balance in a variety of directions and changing directions during active play
  • Use locomotor skills with coordination in a variety of directions and changing directions during active play

Required Materials

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Kangaroo Hop Name Activity Template

*Markers

*Scissors

Step #1

Print and cut out the Kangaroo Hop Name Activity Template.

Step #2

Write the letters of your Lil’s name on each kangaroo, with one letter per kangaroo.

Step #3

Place the letters on the floor in random order.

Step #4

Invite your Lil’ to hop like a kangaroo to collect one letter at a time.

They should be going in order so they can spell their name.

Step #5

As they hop to each letter, have them pick it up and bring it back to you placing it on the ground.

Repeat this process until they have collected all the letters of their name and put them in the correct order to spell their name.

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