With the Kids

Tracing the Letters in Your Name

I love this name tracing activity. I still have memories of doing this myself when I was in 4th grade. It’s a great way to reinforce letter recognition, using a capital at the beginning of a name, and tracing lines.

Supplies for Name Tracing Activity:

  • paper
  • colored pencils or crayons

Start by writing your name on the paper, preferably in black. Make sure you’ve got an upper case letter to start and lower case letters to follow. Then using a new color of pencil, trace around the name in a bubble type form.

Trace around and around, and around, until you’ve filled the whole paper with lines.

This is a great activity for older children, but my 4 year old loved practicing too. My daughter did a pretty good job tracing, trying her best to make it around her whole name, or nick name “Goose”!


  1. Like so many others – thanks for the reminder. This was a favorite activity for so many over the years – and one that I haven’t used in the last few. Think we’ll do this afternoon. Thanks again for the a-hah! moment when I say the post.

  2. Marie–YOU have the best posts. Simple, classic children’s crafts that are easy to pull off and become big favorites. Thanks. That’s what I love about this site. (And also the Rosemary Peasant Bread, which I made last night…making it about the 20th time I’ve made that!)

  3. Deborah – Yes, bubble letters! I worked hard on those too. After I wrote this post, I thought about how I should write a bubble letter how-to post too!!

  4. Oh, thanks for the reminder – I used to LOVE to do this, too and I know my 8 year old is going to think it is super cool (she’s going through a big fancy writing stage w/ her name – drawing hearts over the I’s and things like that)


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