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Squeaks is super into writing her name these days. Every chance she gets she’ll carefully spell it out.The letters of her name were the first letters she ever learned. Tracing her name is a favorite activity.
For quite awhile I would write out Squeaks name in highlighter in her journal so she could trace it with a pen. I wanted something a little more clean though. Plus, I didn’t want to fill up her journal with just her name over and over. I wanted something that was easy for her to read and had consistently formed letters. So printing out a tracing page was my best option.
How do you make a tracing page with your kids own name though?
Well, I’m glad you asked! After some searching around, I figured it out and now I’ll share this cool little trick with you!
First you’re going to need to go download this super cool free KG Primary Dot Lined font from Teachers Pay Teachers.
Once you have the font installed on your computer head on over to PicMonkey and let the magic begin. If you don’t have an account you’re going to want to sign up for the free trial, or just skip to a subscription because it’s inevitable (and so reasonably priced. As low as $5.99/month!). Once you’ve started using PicMonkey for homeschool printables you’ll be thinking of endless activities to create. I use it literally every day and it’s ridiculously user friendly.
So here we go. Follow these steps to create a custom name tracing sheet for your kiddos.
For this example I’m using “Squeaks” (her nickname, for privacy). The one she uses most is her real name, but wouldn’t it be fun to do a tracing sheet for nicknames and even names of all your family members!? It’d be a great way to practice all the letters, not just the letters in their own name. Anyway…
1. From the main page on PicMonkey chose “Design”.
2. Chose “Blank Canvas”.
3. Once you’re on the templates screen chose “Print” from the drop down menu under “Blank Canvas”.
4. Scroll to the bottom of the options and open the 8.5x11in blank template.
5. Select the “Text” icon to the left of the screen (Tt).
6. Switch from PicMonkeys fonts to your fonts.
7. Find the KG Primary Dot Lined font in your list (it shows up pretty light).
8. Type out your little ones name. You can resize it using the corner tabs on the text box or by using the “size” feature on the text pop up.
9. Right click on your typed name and chose “Duplicate text”. Do this until you have filled your page with your kiddos name. Make sure to keep the writing pretty big so it’s easy for little hands to trace.
10. Transfer back to PicMonkeys font selection and add a nice title to your tracing sheet.
11. To add some fun school overlays choose the “themes” button to the left (the little snowflake) and scroll down to the “School U” designs.
12. I like to add a blank line for Squeaks to practice writing freestyle. Under the “School U” theme go down to the “Dashed & Lined” overlays and find the dotted penmanship line. Select and resize to fit in with your sheet.
13. Add some more fun overlays to make it your own. PicMonkey has a huge selection. I chose two from the “School Supplies” group. I wanted to apple stem to be the same green as the title of my sheet so I adjusted it using the color options on the overlay pop up.
14. When you’re done with your design click the export button at the top of the screen.
15. Once on the export screen you can name your image. There are options to adjust quality and dimensions although I’ve never needed to change them. Finally, press “Export to computer”! Once you have it saved to your computer you just print it as you would anything else.
If you’re anything like me, once you get started with PicMonkey you’ll constantly be thinking of new things to make with it. I’ve used it for nearly all of our printables, birthday invitations, thank you cards, baby shower invitation, and even Squeaks adoption shower invites. I love that you can customize everything!
I hope your kiddos enjoy their new custom name tracing sheets!
What’s next on your list of homeschool creations to make?!