Many events that children attend require the use of name tags. It is hard for teachers and other adults to remember the names of all children within just a few days. Name tags help children learn each other's names and help adults communicate with children. Just because the name badges are necessary does not mean they have to be ugly or utilitarian. Turn name tag making into a craft that children can participate in to make the tags an expression of each child's creativity and personality.
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Purchase letter beads with a hole through the middle of the bead, rather than the top and bottom. Allow the children to string the beads onto large safety pins. The children could also add additional beads, such as regular coloured beads or shaped beads to make the name pins more interesting. Glue the beads together and to the pin so that they do not slip off of the pin and get lost. The children then can pin the name tags to their clothing.
Give each child a regular plastic name badge. Supply the children with a variety of foam letters and other shapes. Have the children glue the foam letters to the front of the badges to make their names. The children also can add something personal to the badge as well, such as one of their favourite shapes or activities. Supply the children with other embellishing items such as feathers, sequins, beads and glitter to make each name tag fit the personality of its maker.
Cut shrink-art sheets into name badges three times larger than the desired finished size. Supply the children with coloured pencils to decorate the badges to turn them into name badges. Give the children stencils to help form letters and pictures for the name tags. Make sure the children know that they should make everything at least twice as big as they want it to be when it's finished. Bake the shrink art in the oven. Glue a name tag pin to the back of each tag after it cools.
Drill a hole into the top of several wood discs, one for each child. Make the hole large enough to fit a sturdy cord through. Supply the children with markers or paint to decorate their discs. After decoration and drying, an adult should write the child's name on each disc with a permanent marker. Slip a sturdy cord through the hole so the children can wear the name necklaces throughout the event and when they return home.
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