So here a riddle for all grown-ups; What is the one thing that belongs to just you, but hardly ever used by you?

And the answer is…….

Your Name!

So whilst you may not converse in first person language more than others who might address you by your name, teaching toddlers and preschoolers their own name is an important milestone in harnessing a sense of self-identity. From birth, a child would hear their name often however come the age of 3 onwards, the idea of recognising what their name looks like is an exciting experience for parents and toddlers alike.

What better way to enjoy and share this experience together than creating your very own name rocket!

Learning Outcomes

Teaching toddlers and preschoolers their own name to promote self-identity
Learning shapes
Learning colours
Learning Alphabet recognition and spelling
Encourage writing
Recycling
Engineering and cognitive skills
Elongated attention span and concentration
Introducing the concept of space and science!

The Material

A piece of cardboard – used is better! Remember, we are also learning how to recycle and reuse!
Childproof scissors for your little one and grown-up ones for yourself
Permanent Marker
Craft Glue
A pencil or colour pencil
Old wrapping paper (Optional)

Let’s get started!

Step 1

Find your toddler’s favourite rocket image on the internet and print this out. The larger the image, the easier it would be for little hands to manoeuvre around the curves of the shapes to cut.

Step 2

Once printed, get your toddler to cut around the shape of the rocket. Hint – At this point, you could have two printouts of the rocket image; one for your toddler to practise cutting along the shape with their childproof scissors, and the other for yourself to have fun with!

Step 3

Take any old piece of cardboard and outline the shape of the paper rocket onto this and then cut the cardboard to shape too.

Step 4

Using your craft glue, stick together the paper image of the rocket, onto the cardboard cut out in the shape of the rocket.

Step 5

At this point, we went the extra step to do the same thing with an old piece of golden coloured wrapping paper hanging around from Christmas so we just cut this to shape too and stuck onto our cardboard. Or, you could simply just get your toddler to colour in!

Step 6

Now, it’s time to colour the rocket flames. Guide your little one as they colour. Tell them that flames are hot, therefore signified by red. Here’s a handy tip, put a piece of paper under the rocket prior to colouring as this will avoid the surface from getting coloured.

Step 7


Using the permanent marker and guiding the hands of your littlies, encourage them to slowly write their name on the rocket!

And that’s it! Your little astronaut is ready for space!

About Us

Cubsta is a childcare software built with a vision to make the early-education sector paper-free.  If you are a childcare operator or an educator, please feel free to get in touch with us for a one on one demo.