Crafts at the beginning of the year in Kindergarten are one of the best ways to incorporate academics, fine motor practice, and listening and following directions. I came up with this crayon box name craft 5 years ago as a way to make name practice just a little more fun for my kindergarteners, and it’s been a favorite ever since!
Why are learning crafts important?
I am 100% on team learning crafts in the classroom! Many of our students come in with weak fine motor skills and not much experience using classroom supplies.
Crafts like this crayon box name craft are a fun and easy way to build those fine motor skills and practice using supplies. Students will practice cutting, gluing, and using their tiny pincer muscles to put the craft together – all very necessary for writing!
Students will also practice listening and following step-by-step directions. My favorite way to do this is to go one step and a time. I give students a direction have them all complete that step at once.
Classroom Management Tip: When I need their attention again, I say “When you’re ready and listening, do what I do” while doing something funny. I don’t say what I want them to do because it forces students to look at me and give me their full attention.
Crayon Box Name Craft
In Kindergarten, learning our names is a big part of our first few weeks of school! Many of our students come in unable to spell their name, and some are unable to even recognize their name.
Name crafts are one of my favorite ways to get in more name practice in a different way!
To make this crayon box name craft, you will need a crayon box template for each student and crayons printed in multiple colors. You can decide if your students are ready to cut out these pieces on their own or not.
First, assemble the crayon box. You will glue around the edges to make a pocket that the crayons can slip into.
This crayon box name craft is editable, so you can either type or write students’ names on the front.
Then, students will need one crayon for each letter in their name. You can let students write those letters or, if you want students to work on ordering the letters in their name, you can write the letters for them.
Students will put the crayon letters into the crayon box to spell their name.
You can glue the crayons down to make an adorable back to school bulletin board display.
If you want to use this crayon box name craft as a name puzzle, print the crayons on card stock and do not glue down. Students can practice taking the crayon letters out and putting them back in the correct order to spell their name.
Digital Name Practice
If you want your students to get even more name practice, I have included a digital crayon box name practice activity formatted for both Google Slides and Seesaw.
Students can make their digital crayon box name craft as a fun technology center activity or as a home practice extension.
Ready to make this craft with your class?
This crayon box craft would make the most adorable bulletin board display at the beginning of the year, and you can feel good that your students are practicing important skills.
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