Craft or popsicle sticks
Markers, crayons, or colored pencils
Optional: Tape or Letter stickers
Place the materials on a flat surface. Let her explore them. Next, write your child’s name in large letters on a piece of paper with a bright marker. Familiarize her with the letters by having her trace them with her finger.
Help her practice writing her name by tracing over each letter with a crayon or pencil. Older children can practice writing their names by copying the letters directly underneath the word.
Together count one craft stick for each letter in your child’s name. Example, if her name is Sara, you will need 4 sticks. Write the letters of her name on the top of each stick.
Next, mix the sticks up. Have your child line them up in the correct order to spell out her name. Your sticks can be stored in a plastic bag for later use.
Curious about your child’s development? All children develop at their own pace, but the Center for Disease Control’s developmental milestones can be a helpful guideline. Here are a few examples:
Additional family resources
Learning begins at birth. ECA provides foundations for learning, starting with age-appropriate experiences for infants, toddlers, and preschool. ECA also offers a range of family support programs that encourage family involvement with children’s learning.
This free texting service provides quality, developmental information for parents and caregivers of children prenatal to age eight right to your phone. Messages include research-based, age-appropriate content from national experts, along with local updates of events and resources.
Your local library has many resources for you as a parent as well as for your child. We encourage you to take advantage of all they have to offer. For an online list of libraries by city, go to publiclibraries.com/state