We tried our first name game today! Truth is, Shiloh doesn’t know any of her letters yet, but she does know how to match pictures. I combined her need to learn the letters in her name with a fun matching activity with a twist. (Or should I say “slip”?) This “Slippery Ice” customizable name game for preschoolers only takes a couple minutes to prepare for any name. You can make one for each child with very little effort. Such a fun way to learn how to spell names!

– Life Over C's This customizable name game is sure to be a favorite with your preschoolers! It's such a fun way to learn the letters of their names even before they know what letters are! (Plus "falling" on the ice is so fun!)

Recommended Grade Level:

Slippery Ice Name Game Supplies:

  • Laminating supplies
  • Permanent Markers
  • Scotch Tape
  • Small Metal Bucket With Hamels
– Life Over C's This customizable name game is sure to be a favorite with your preschoolers! It's such a fun way to learn the letters of their names even before they know what letters are! (Plus "falling" on the ice is so fun!)

To prep: Print the name template on page 3. Cut the strips apart and tape together according to the length of the child’s name. (We used 6 spaces for Shiloh.)

Print multiple copies of pages 4 and 5. You can choose how many to print. I printed 1 copy of page 4 and 2 copies of page 5 because I wanted to limit the number of ice pictures to ease frustration. (Turns out I could have added more because Shiloh thought they were hilarious!) 

Write the letters of the child’s name in the squares, then laminate and cut apart the pieces.

To play: Put the cards in a bucket and have the child select 1 card at a time and match it to the letters in her name on the mat. If a duplicate is pulled, just pile it up on the correct letter.

– Life Over C's This customizable name game is sure to be a favorite with your preschoolers! It's such a fun way to learn the letters of their names even before they know what letters are! (Plus "falling" on the ice is so fun!)

When an ice cube picture is selected, return all of the letters back to the bucket and start again.

Game is finished when the child finds all the letters to create her name before drawing an ice cube.

Shiloh had a blast matching up the letters! I named each letter for her and gave her a chance to repeat. Because she doesn’t verbalize endings of words it’s hard to tell if she was pronouncing letters like “h”, but she made some good attempts at the other letters.

– Life Over C's This customizable name game is sure to be a favorite with your preschoolers! It's such a fun way to learn the letters of their names even before they know what letters are! (Plus "falling" on the ice is so fun!)

She was able to find the letters on the name mat that matched the ones she selected from the bucket with no problem at all.

At this stage it’s mostly about matching the shape of the letter that she sees more than understanding what a letter actually is, but it’s a good way to get her exposed to letters without boring flashcards that would have no meaning to her.

– Life Over C's This customizable name game is sure to be a favorite with your preschoolers! It's such a fun way to learn the letters of their names even before they know what letters are! (Plus "falling" on the ice is so fun!)

Her favorite part was selecting an ice cube card. In fact, she started digging through the bucket to find them instead of looking for her letters.

– Life Over C's This customizable name game is sure to be a favorite with your preschoolers! It's such a fun way to learn the letters of their names even before they know what letters are! (Plus "falling" on the ice is so fun!)

And she definitely had to act it out for me.

– Life Over C's This customizable name game is sure to be a favorite with your preschoolers! It's such a fun way to learn the letters of their names even before they know what letters are! (Plus "falling" on the ice is so fun!)

Drama queen…

I have no idea where she gets that from…

– Life Over C's
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Kim Staten is a mother of four children ages 20, 19, 16, and 12. Kim has taught at the preschool, kindergarten and early elementary levels for 16 years. With extensive experience working with special needs children, including her own children with special needs (Rett Syndrome, autism, anxiety, and ADHD), she creates hands-on curricula and activities that are great for working with children of all abilities in the classroom and at home. Hands-on, accessible activities are her passion. 

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  1. I am going to have to give this a go. Gabrielle can say her letters but she can’t tell me which is which also, she’s good at matching the shapes of them as well. Thanks for sharing!