"I Can Spell My Name" Hopscotch Game

Here’s a variation of hopscotch we play to help the kids learn to spell their names.  I briefly highlighted the game in this post, but felt it was worthy of a post all its own. 🙂  

To set up, I use sidewalk chalk to make a square for each letter in the child’s name and a big box at the end to write their whole name.  Then I fill in the letters and write their name at the end.

To play, we practice hopping on each letter and saying it aloud.  We say the whole name at the end.  

(I apologize about the picture quality.  The idea for this game hit me when we were outside playing one day, but I didn’t have my camera with me.  I ran back out that evening to grab photos since it was supposed to rain the next day.  It was nearly dark out when I took these, but hopefully you can at least get the idea.  Also, the vehicle was not parked in the way of Luke’s name when we were actually playing! lol)

Lilah’s hopscotch grid
It goes like this:
*hop*
“L”  
*hop*
“i”
 *hop*
“l” 
*hop*
“a” 
*hop*
“h” 
*hop*
“Lilah!”

A close-up of the big box at the end with the whole name.
Luke’s hopscotch grid.

A close-up of Luke’s name box at the end.

A couple of notes:

  • My kids can’t hop on one foot yet, so though we practice that sometimes, mostly we do different motions like jumping with two feet from square to square, or walking.  Any kind of motion is fine!  You could have them try lots of different ones: frog hopping, jumping, hopping on one foot, walking slow, walking fast, running, crawling, hopping on alternating feet each time, etc.
  • This activity not only helps get your child to spell, it’s great for practicing gross motor skills!
  • If your child can already spell their name, you could always adapt this for practicing their siblings’ names, their middle or last name, sight words, spelling words, etc!  L&L loved doing not only their own name, but each other’s names as well. 🙂
  • This activity is great for kinesthetic learners and high-energy kids!
  • You could vary how they are supposed to say the letters and their name.  Have them whisper, speak normally, speak shrilly, yell as loudly as they can, speak in a deep voice, etc.
  • You could also do this inside — just write the letters on paper instead!  Laminate the pages if you want to be able to reuse them again and again. 🙂

If you try this with your child, I’d love to know how it goes and what variations you try! 🙂

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Genny Upton

A former teacher turned stay at home mom to two preschool aged children. Creator (and writer) at In Lieu of Preschool and Parent Teach Play. Currently publishing my first children's picture book!

  • LOVE this! We are just working on spelling N’s name. Pinned this post. Would love it if you would share your link in my discussion about learning to spell names. I think it is such a great tip!
    http://www.activity-mom.com/2012/01/learning-to-spell-your-name.html

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