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June 7, 2011

Storytime Tuesday (Chicka Chicka Boom Boom) & the Ultimate Preschool Activity

This week I'm going to feature one of my ultimate favorite children's books. It is definitely in the top 3 in my house with my boys too and it is used soooo much that it shows it's wear. Luckly the library had a copy that looked more decent so I was able to snap a couple pictures. It is called Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

If you have a preschooler you've probably heard of this book, or even have a copy of your own. If you don't have your own copy, this is one book I would definitely invest in. This is a book which helps your children become familiar with and learn their abc's in a very creative way using rhyming and a coconut tree.

I saw this genius idea in "The Mailbox" Magazine where you make your own coconut tree, attach it to a baking sheet, and use magnetic lowercase letters to reinact the story with your child.

Materials you will need:
-Metal baking sheet (the tree isn't permanently attached so will have your pan back for baking, I promise!)
-green sheet of card stock paper
-brown sheet of card stock paper
-magnetic lowercase letters (I had a hard time finding these in my local stores so I ended up purchasing them on ebay for cheap)

1. Take the green sheet of card stock paper and use your pencil to sketch the top of a coconut tree. If you have a difficult time with this, you could always do a google search for "coconut tree clip art", print one out and trace it on your paper.

2. Cut out your sketch of the top of the coconut tree.

3. Use your brown sheet of card stock paper and cut out a rectangle piece to be used as the trunk of the tree.

4. Glue the brown trunk to the bottom of the green tree to finish making your coconut tree.

5. Next, attach the coconut tree to your metal baking sheet with tape. I used double-sided tape because it's what I had, but any kind will do.

6. My boys thought there should be ground underneath the tree, so I cut another rectangle from the brown sheet of card stock paper and taped it to the bottom of my tree.

7. Now you are ready to grab your lowercase letter magnets and start playing! Open up your copy of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and as you read the story, have your child find the corresponding letter magnet to the letter you read in the book, and place that magnet on the coconut tree.

8. As you continue reading the story you will soon have every letter on the coconut tree.

9. And then UH-OH....All the letters fall off the tree...(this is my kids favorite part when they get to push all the magnets off the tree)

The story continues with the alphabet one more time so your child will gets lots of practice finding all their lowercase letters.

My kids love this activity so much that they've pretty much taken over my baking sheet and it's found it's permanent place in their bedroom. Since I have more than one I don't mind.

And since I love this book so much we didn't stop there.....For snack time we re-created our very own coconut tree to eat. YUM! YUM!

What you will Need:
-1 Graham Cracker per coconut tree
-peanut butter (I am a FAN of the Adams Brand, but any kind will do)
-1 Apple (each apple will make 2 coconut trees)

1. Take your apple and slice it into 8 sections. I have an apple cutter which takes all the work out of this process. I don't peel my apples (and my kids don't mind) but if you want to peel them, go for it. Set aside your apple slices.

2. Take your graham cracker and break it into 4 sections. You'd think with the little lines on the cracker it would break where it's supposed to, but it NEVER does for me. Oh well!

3. Spread some peanut butter on one of the graham cracker sections, then place another cracker section on top to make a sandwich. Do this one more time with the remaining 2 sections.

3. Place the two sections on your plate to make the tree trunk.

4. Take four of your apple slices and place them above your tree trunk to form the top of the coconut tree.

5. Take a small handful of raisinets, put a dab of peanut butter on each and place them in random places all over your apple slices (the peanut butter acts as glue).

You are finished! Now watch your child devour the masterpiece...

PS-I totally made one of these for myself also and ate it with my kids. SOOOOO Yummy! You know you want one too!! :)


Trisha said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh my goodness, you are the cutest mom ever! I love that idea! Thanks for posting your blog on facebook, I'm definitely going to use a lot of your ideas from now on.
Thanks again!
Trisha Boyce

I Am Momma - Hear Me Roar said... Best Blogger Tips

What a fun book and activity! I love it. The food is especially creative. Thanks so much for sharing this with me. You're right - I think Rex would love it.


Christine - Tutorial Addict lol said... Best Blogger Tips

HOW CUTE! I LOVE the craft and snack ideas! Especially the snack ;)

Elle Belles Bows said... Best Blogger Tips
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The Iowa Farmer's Wife said... Best Blogger Tips

I love this too! We love CCBB around here! Such great ideas...following you!

Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids said... Best Blogger Tips

These activities are so clever!!! I have pinned it on pinterest. Thanks so much. :)

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

OMG!! That is so stinkin' cute!! We love that book and I think we already have the letters!! Can't wait to do this!!

Marisa said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a great idea. My kids will love this! Thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Roan said... Best Blogger Tips

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of my favorite books to read in the classroom! The kids love and I love it! In fact, this past Christmas I asked for the re-telling kit from Lakeshore and so now I have my very own Chicka tree that I am very protective of! I love your chicka snack idea and will definitely use that in the classroom sometime...thanks for sharing!!!

Dianne said... Best Blogger Tips

So cute! I'll be adding these ideas to my preschooler's Chicka Chicka unit study this year. Love the coconut tree snack. I may even add some alphabet cereal along with the raisinets. Thanks for the great ideas!

Nadia said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a great idea! I have been looking for ways to re-tell Chicka Chicka Boom Boom but with a more hands on approach. Just what I was looking for! :) Thanks! We will be doing this soon.

mom4 said... Best Blogger Tips

i have been using the cookie sheet and magnet letters to tell this story for a while but i love the snack thanks for sharing.. so fun !

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

You can also use Alphabet cereal with your snack so you have letters for your tree!!

Bette said... Best Blogger Tips

Love this book and idea. I have a big poster board palm tree on my wall and add the letters to it as we learn them. The kids love it. Will make the snack with my kids this year.

Rachel (Lines across my face) said... Best Blogger Tips

This is such a cute idea. My son LOVES this book and I know he would love this activity.

Kelly said... Best Blogger Tips

This is so cute! We have this book and I will definitely be doing this with my kids.

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

My son is ADDICTED to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.. Very clever ideas! Another thought for the snack would be to put alphabit cereal pieces on there, too :)

Kelley said... Best Blogger Tips

I found you through Measure Once Cut Twice and I am so excited I work at a preschool and the toddlers love this book, I can't wait to share it, I also pinned it! Hope you will visit my blog as well I'm now following you on Linky

bilingual teacher said... Best Blogger Tips

This is going to be my first year teaching pre k and I can't wait to use it , thanks for the great idea

Cari and Cortnee @ Two Sasters said... Best Blogger Tips

This is my daughters new favorite book! I had to search your site b/c I knew you would have a great activity for it! Thanks so much for the ideas!! LOVE them!

StorytimeStandouts said... Best Blogger Tips

Love the snack idea. What a great way to connect with this fun book. Thanks for sharing!