Castle Name Recognition

This activity is a quick and simple set up to practice name recognition, numbers, colours or even patterns if you wanted to make some colourful flags! 

Suitable for: 2 years+
Set up: 10 minutes


  • Kitchen or toilet roll tubes
  • Lollypop sticks (I used 8)
  • Card
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Picture of your little one to stick onto the castle
  • Pen

The set up

Cut the kitchen roll tube in half leaving you with two tubes, Use the scissors to cut the top of each tube to make it look like a castle. Print out a small picture of your little one to stick on each castle. (I printed off on of Ayla and one of her sister, you could do siblings or any other family member) Now write their name underneath their image. 

Take your card and cut a flag shape out to stick on to each of your lollypop sticks, I made 8 flags in total; 4 for Ayla’s castle and 4 for Graces castle. Once the glue is dry write the names onto the flags and you are ready to go! 

Making the Most out of the activity 

When Ayla was ready to play we took a look at the pictures on the castles. I pointed out the flags and said “look, this one says Grace” and asked Ayla which one was Graces castle. Ayla then picked up another flag, we looked at it together I asked Ayla what letter it started with and she said “a for Ayla!” and quickly popped it into her castle. I then sat quietly as she picked up the next flag and correctly placed it into a castle! She very quickly worked out if it started with an A it was hers and if it started with a G it was Grace’s so I’ll have to get my thinking car on for a next step!

Learning opportunities

  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy

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