Names are the first words most kids can recognize — because their names are awesome and their favorite words ever! Same thing for letters – usually the first letters your little ones will recognize will be the ones in their names.
My kids love games that play with their names. And really anything involving crowns. So we made name crowns!
Making the Name Crown Craft
- construction paper
- post-it notes (different colorsor shapes like these stars would be fun!)
This craft was an activity we paired with this month’s Virtual Book Club for Kids pick: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak. Sendak’s classic book is one of our favorites. We love the wild rumpus, especially. So we made crowns to act it out
First we made the crowns. For each crown, I took one 8 1/2 x 11 piece of construction paper and cut a zigzag down the middle. Depending on where your child is with scissor skills, either you cut it for them (that’s what we did) or trace a pattern and let them cut it.
Then I taped the 2 pieces together, and let them decorate – crayons, paint, markers, whatever they want to do to make the crown their own!
While the kids were decorating, I wrote the letters for each of their names onto post-it notes (paper with tape on the back would work, too). Once the crowns were decorated, I measured the crown around each child’s head and taped the crown together so that it fit.
I spread the letters around on the floor. Then we read Where the Wild Things Are and had our own wild rumpus. We roared terrible roars and gnashed terrible teeth in our crowns. And then we picked up the letters of our names and stuck them on our crowns!
Have the kids find the letters to each other’s names, or to words in the story.
Make it less challenging:
Find any letters in their name. Or just any letters!
Be sure to check out the other ideas for activities to pair with Where the Wild Things Are. The links are below – click on the blue to see the activity. Plus check out the Facebook page for more ideas. Next month our Virtual Book Club for Kids selection is Llama Llama Red Pajama by Ann Dewdney. Check out the list of all the books here.
Monster Hands Alphabet Match :: Toddler Approved
Name Crown Craft :: The Pleasantest Thing
Where the Wild Things Are Counting Game :: Mom Inspired Life
Wild Things Scented Monster Playdough :: Preschool Powol Packets
Where the Wild Things Are Monster Glyphs :: Inspiration Laboratories
Where the Wild Things Are Treats :: I Can Teach My Child
Where the Wild Things Are Color Fun with Feelings :: The Educator’s Spin on It
Where the Wild Things Are Action Word Rompus :: Growing Book by Book
Make a Wild Thing Shape Craft :: Still Playing School
Where the Wild Things Are Mapping Our Backyard Habitats :: Rainy Day Mum
Where the Wild Things Are Gross Motor :: 3 Dinosaurs