Make Your Own Name Puzzle
by Hisami Aoki and Melanie Healey
Help your students get to know one another and practice working with letters with this fun Name Puzzle Classroom Activity! It’s a fantastic icebreaker inspired by one of our favorite picture books, Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes.
Students illustrate a puzzle with images that highlight their names and reflect who they are, cut out the pieces, and then put the puzzle back together again. It’s a great way to help young learners:
• Become comfortable with letters
• Celebrate their individuality
• Practice fine motor skills
• Understand that letters put together in specific ways create words
See how these kindergarteners from Jin-A Child Care in Clifton, New Jersey, made their own name puzzles.
Want to try it in your own classroom? Download and print the free activity sheet below to get started! It’s a super-easy and fun way to kick off a great year of learning.
If you want to learn more about how to use Chrysanthemum in your classroom, check out the teacher review by Melanie Healey in Book Talks.
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