When I was a teacher Ticonderoga pencils were the top-of-the line, most coveted pencil around. They didn’t break while sharpening and they left a smooth line across the paper when writing. I would be so sad when I saw students coming into the classroom with anything less than a Ticonderoga, so I always stocked up on them at back to school time.
Fast forward to back-to-school shopping this year (as a home preschool mom) and I still stock up on Ticonderogas for our family! Before I even sharpened them, though, we did a name recognition activity using the erasers (think dot art or pointillism, but for name recognition purposes).
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I wrote my son’s name on the paper and invited him to dot his name using the eraser and ink pad.
This was a great activity because it gave us a chance to work on proper pencil grip, recognize the letters of his name, and do a bit of art as well!
I love that we were able to use some of our new school supplies for this activity (washable ink pads are a must for preschoolers!). Using the pencils also helped to reinforce proper pencil grasp (something we are still working on) without the pressure of writing.
Alternatively, you could also use Do-a-Dot markers to make really fun, big dots in this activity!
Related Activity: Clothespin Name Recognition Craft
Are you working on name recognition with your preschoolers? I’d love for you to share your interpretation of this activity with us on Instagram- just make sure to tag @munchkins_and_moms when you post your photo so I can see how it came out!
We love sharing preschool activities on Instagram! I hope you’ll consider following our adventures over there 🙂 If Instagram isn’t your cup of tea, we still love continuing the fun on Facebook and Pinterest! Well, Twitter too…but I really have no clue what I’m doing there 😉