Easy DIY Name Center

I saw this idea in one of my colleague’s rooms and loved it at first sight. It is so simple and super cheap to make.  It is a great letter matching game and the clothespins help build fine motor skills.

What you will need:

  • a couple packages of clothespins
  • a sharpie (permanent marker)
  • printed & laminated name cards (or sight words!)
Write the letters (I used uppercase – you could use both) on both sides of the clothespin.
Make sure you have at least two of each letter and a bunch of vowels!!
The children find the matching clothespin letters and put them on the card – on the corresponding letter.
The children love searching for friends names and then the letters.

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  1. lbergstrome says:

    My mother did this with us when I was a child. She was a Montessori early educator.

  2. Lise says:

    Love this! Making it this weekend…

  3. What an absolutely brilliant idea! Will definitely be making one of these for our group of children . . . thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Anonymous says:

    I have done this for many things. Use for matching letters, either upper to upper or lower to lower or upper to lower or visa versa.

  5. Lorrie Rehberg says:

    I love using clothespin letters to work on fine motor skills but I have never used them in this way with their name. Thanks for sharing.

    • Sally says:

      I have thought about gathering all the ideas for clothes pins in one place because there is so much!

  6. Di Sturdy says:

    I have used the coloured clothes pins to extend fine motor skills, learning to sort and attach to containers of identical colours. Push pegs are fun for the younger children to be involved in the same activity. I am anxious to try your wooden peg activity, a fantastic idea.

  7. Helen says:

    I found a ton of clothespins this weekend cleaning and wondered what to do with them. Yay!

  8. Michelle Garmon says:

    Great idea for children to sign in and/or seat work

    • Sally says:

      Children love their own names and learning others! I love these little tricks to help build that knowledge.

  9. Sandra says:

    Was thinking of older children in our preschool who do not sleep for a quiet time activity .

    • Sally says:

      That is a great idea! I think the kids would love it.

  10. Karen J. Pennington says:

    I love this activity. I’m going to make it for my center. Simple and exciting.

    • Sally says:

      Easy is always my fave! The kids do love it!

  11. Mary Ann Colella says:

    Not only easily done, but reasonably priced! Outstanding!

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