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Build My Name

I had some more Styrofoam from boxes and wanted to re-purpose them. I decided in building blocks with Jacob's letter of his name. We have lettered blocks but this is just one more way to see his name and one more way to practice his name. I sliced the styrofoam to make the blocks sized from smallest to largest. This will hopefully help him learn the letter orders.
I showed him the blocks and we talked about what word we saw spelled out with the blocks. We then read each letter and sang our song:
J-clap, clap, clap, clap, clap
A-clap, clap, clap, clap, clap
C-clap, clap, clap, clap, clap
O-clap, clap, clap, clap, clap
B-clap, clap, clap, clap, clap
We then knocked down the blocks and I let him play with them to see what he might do. 
He just played with them for a bit. I then suggested he build a tower. He went ahead and started building a tower. I told him to take caution and look at the letters to make sure the letters are in the correct direction. This was not an easy for a toddler. First he had to choose the largest block, next look at the letter and make sure they were going the correct direction. 
I had to correct him a few times the first time but after that he did just fine. He repeated the activity over and over. Each time he finished I made sure to say the letters in order and to sing our "Jacob" song. 


  1. His name is just the right size to substitute for BINGO in the B-I-N-G-O song, too. Have you tried one yet? "There was a mommy who had a son and "Jacob" was his name-o!"

  2. Love this! Just pinned it. If you have a second, will you leave your link in the discussion on this post:

  3. Yes, he did not like that idea! He became upset when I sang that to him because he loves the Bingo version. He said, "No, no mommy. Doggie, Bingo!" That is why I had to come up with a different option! :) They sure are funny, huh?!?
    Thanks for the suggestion!

  4. Such a great idea! Awesome way to re-purpose!

  5. What a great way for kids to learn their name. My daughter loves anything to do with her own, she would love this. I have pinned this too.

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