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Age Range: 3-5

Skills/Subjects: Related Episode:
D.W.'s Name Game
A Name Graph
Play a name-based graphing game

  • graph paper
  • marker
  • paper (large sheet)
  • scissors
  • tape
What's in a name? Create a name graph to find out!
  1. Prep: Before you start the activity with your kids, write each child's first name on a graph-paper strip, one letter per square. (If there are just a few of you playing, write the names of family members and friends on some strips, too.) Cut the names out. Write the numbers 1 through 20 across the top of a large sheet of paper.
  1. Graph: Help your children read the strips and claim their own. Let kids count the letters in their names and tape their strips into the corresponding column on the chart. (If you're also using names of friends and family, help children read them, count the letters, and place the strips on the chart.) Ask: Who has the shortest name? How many people have four letters in their name? Teach kids how to clap the number of syllables in each name.
Talk About It
Talk to your children about how their first names and/or nicknames were chosen.

With a Group
The Name Graph is a great group activity. In addition, have children in your group sit together in a circle for another name game. In this one, each player says his or her name, along with something he or she likes that starts with the same first letter. Write the words on a large sheet of paper so kids can see the letters.

Based on an activity in Play and Learn with Arthur, Volume 1