Name Under Construction

April’s Virtual Book Club for Kids author was Denise Fleming. One of the books we read was Alphabet Under Construction. The book shows a mouse constructing each letter of the alphabet. For example, he airbrushed the letter A, glues the letter G, and saws the letter S.


Our activity for this book was using homemade modeling clay to construct JT’s name. I can’t find the link to the recipe I used but I believe it was from ehow. It was a recipe for a modeling clay that hardens when it air dries.

It was a really simple recipe:

*1 cup flour
*1 cup salt
*1 cup hot water

First JT mixed the flour and salt together in a bowl. We actually used maybe a 3/4 cup of salt because we didn’t have a full cup but it still came out perfectly.


He mixed with his hands.

He mixed with his hands.

Then I poured the water in gradually while JT stirred, this time with a spoon.


Once it was all stirred in we kneaded it for a minute or two and then it was ready.



This recipe for clay is my favorite out of all the ones we’ve made. It’s simple, quick, and comes out great.

To construct the name we used the cardboard bottom from a 24 pack of water. He started off making an A but it was too big so I decided to write his name on the cardboard that way he would know how big to make his letters.


JT used the clay to construct each letter in his name, James. As he put down each letter we made sure to push them down so they would stick to the cardboard.





Once his name was complete we let it dry for a full day. Once it was dry he got to work decorating it. Initially I had thought I would have him paint all the letters and then decorate it but I decided to just put a bunch of stuff out for him and let him decorate however he wanted.









JT had a lot of fun with this activity and I think he is going to hang his name up in his room.

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0 thoughts on “Name Under Construction

  1. What an awesome activity! And I love the idea of the mouse building each letter! Once my little one is old enough I’ll definitely look for this one!

  2. I like Alphabet Under Construction – it is a great picture book for young children. JT looks so proud of his creation. Wonderful!

  3. Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews says:

    Awww… look at that winning smile. He is so proud of his artwork and he should be. Great job James! Thanks for joining us in the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

  4. Love his name project connecte to Alphabet Under Construction! What a great book project! Thanks for sharing at the Kid Lit Blog Hop!