Looking for name tracing worksheets for your preschooler? This tutorial shows you how to easily make free name tracing worksheets.
When I shared these name tracing worksheets on Instagram, I got so many messages requesting where parents could buy my worksheets.
I totally get it. These worksheets make name tracing so convenient and manageable.
But guess what? You can do it yourself for free and it’s easy.
The best part is you don’t need any fancy font or software. You can make name tracing worksheets for free. All you need is Google account.
Free Name Tracing Worksheets
This tutorial is going to fill you in on how to make free name tracing worksheets. You’ll be able to customize your tracing worksheet exactly how you like it.
You’ll also learn why gray for is best for tracing and when your child should be able to write their name.
What font is good for tracing?
Century Gothic is the best free font for tracing. It is most similar to the standard fonts used in preschools.
Century Gothic is also recommended for children with dyslexia. If you have a child struggling to learn their letters, a simple font is always best.
I don’t recommend using dashed tracing lines for preschoolers who are learning to write their names.
A lot of children have trouble visualizing the completed object, line, or letter when parents or teachers use dashed lines.
Instead, using a gray solid font is better. It allows your child to see the completed shape or letter. It helps them form an accurate visual image more quickly.
My free letter tracing worksheets pdf uses gray font for this reason!
How to Make a Name Tracing Worksheet Tutorial
Google Slides is the easiest way to make free name tracing worksheets with gray font. It has a much better drag and drop feature than Google Docs.
All you have to do to make it into a worksheet is change the size and it will print on a standard-sized piece of paper.
These are the steps for making name tracing worksheets:
- Use Google Slides
- Set page size
- Create a text box
- Choose font
- Type name
- Create starting point circles
- Duplicate the name
1. Use Google Slides to Make a Name Tracing Worksheet
Open up your Google account and navigate to all the apps. In Chrome, this is on the top right side for me.
Click on Google Slides and wait for it to open
At the top of the page, click on the plus sign to start a new blank presentation.
At the top left, it will say Untitled Presentation. Click there and name your presentation “child’s name tracing worksheet.”
So for my son Andrew, I named it “Andrew name tracing.”
2. Choose your page size
Next, you need to adjust your page size to make a standard-size worksheet. Navigate from the File menu down to page set-up to adjust the dimensions. Use the drop-down menu to choose custom.
In the United States, we use 8.5 by 11″ paper. In other countries, you will want to adjust to the dimension of your standard size paper.
For names longer than 4 letters, you’ll want to adjust it to 11 inches across and 8.5 inches high. Names with 4 or less letters can be set to 8.5 inches across and 11 inches high.
3. Create a text box
Your presentation likely already has a text box. But if it doesn’t, simply go to Insert to Text Box.
I deleted one of the two text boxes that automatically populated when I started a new presentation.
4. Select your font
I recommend you use the font Century Gothic. It is the most standard block-type font available. The letters formed in this font are more similar to how children are taught to write letters.
The serif typeface for a and g are almost never taught in schools for handwriting.
Then set the font to bold, the color of the font to gray, and the size to about 100. You will adjust the font size later.
5. Type your child’s name
In the text box, type your child’s name. Adjust the size of the font so it fits the length of the page.
6. Create starting point circles
After you have your child’s name, you want to make black circles to show your child where to start.
Go the insert menu. Select shapes. Find the circle icon and click on it.
Make a small circle and fill it with black. Copy it and paste the same quantity as the letters in your child’s name.
Drag one circle to the starting point for each letter.
7. Duplicate the name
The last step is you will duplicate the name to get 2 practices per page. You simply use your mouse to select all. Then copy and paste it.
When should my child write their name?
Around four years old, you can start practicing writing your child’s name with them. In kindergarten, they will need to be able to write their name. This is a skill that takes time and practice to develop.
Before you start writing your child’s name, make sure you practice line tracing. You can grab free line tracing worksheets here.
You might want to just start with the first letter in your child’s name for a week. Then add in the second letter the following week. Continue to add a letter each week until you have all their letters in your child’s name.
Capital Letters or Lowercase Letters?
You might be tempted to teach your child to write their name in title case on the name tracing worksheets – this means lowercase letters after the capital letter for the proper noun.
Start with capital letters. Occupational therapists explain that given handwriting progress, capital letters are easier to form. They use larger lines and curves and more consistent strokes.
Lowercase letters often use strokes that change direction and fit into small spaces.
But once your child has mastered their name in capital letters, you can switch to their name in lowercase or title case.
How to make a handwriting sheet
The great news is once you can make a naming tracing worksheet this way, you can make all sorts of handwriting sheets.
You can make a handwriting sheet for:
- individual letters
- capital letters
- lowercase letters
- capital and lowercase letters together
- the whole alphabet
- your child’s last name
- frequently used words like “Love”
- family member or pets names
Just follow the same steps as above to make a handwriting sheet for your child:
- Open a Google slide
- Adjust the page set-up for your paper size
- Create a text box
- Select the font and change the color and size
- Type the word or letters in the text box
- Create a starting point circle
- Duplicate as many times as needed for your handwriting sheet.
More handwriting worksheets
If you don’t want to make handwriting worksheets, you can purchase them in the Printable Parents’ Shop.
Road Letters and Numbers
If you have a little vehicle lover, these Road Letters and Numbers tracing worksheets are perfect for learning to write capital and lowercase letters and numbers 0-9.
Your child will just use a little car like a Hot Wheels to learn proper letter formation in the correct way. But it will feel like play!
Capital Letters Tracing Workbook
In this printable workbook, your child will trace the capital letters with proper formation. The Capital Letters Tracing Workbook makes it so easy for you to just purchase, print, and go!
You don’t need to pay for a name tracing worksheet for your child. Just use free Google slides, and follow this easy tutorial.
Your child will be writing their name in no time!