We use our colored rice in a variety of activities and for a variety of purposes in our classroom. On this occasion, we combined the experience of scooping and brushing rice with a little name and letter recognition…

To play this simple but engaging name activity, start by putting name cards on a tray then pour some rice on the tray too. We laminated several sets of name cards so they can be used for a variety of activities this year…

The children can use their hands or brushes to search for their names and the names of their friends. This is a wonderful way to help the children identify not only their own name but all the names of the children in your class…

Once the children get pretty good at recognizing their names as a whole, then you can cut up the name into individual letters and invite them to search for the letters in their name…

This is also fun to play with a partner. One child hides all the letters under the rice then the other child searches for the letters but for younger children – they like to hide and find their own names….

Just the scooping and brushing rice makes for a wonderful sensorial experience…

Combining name recognition or a letter search with rice makes for a fun, playful, learning experience!