Back to school time always brings coconut trees and ABC’s to the front of my mind. It’s not because I love the island breeze, although I do. Back to school time is inevitably tied to the classic book “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”, by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault. I can feel the delight that surrounds Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities.
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!”
“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” is a fantastic rhyming book. The rhymes introduce the letters of the alphabet in an engaging way. Children are sure to remember the sing-song rhymes and the bright, vibrant pictures in the story. “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” is a fabulous read.
Want to take the story to a new level? Share this video where the story is relayed as a song. Catchy and sure to stick in your kids’ minds!
There are so many amazing activities to go along with the story. Here are a few of favorites that you should definitely check out.
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom STEAM activity from Preschool Steam
- Coconut Tree Mats from My Fabulous Class
- Play Dough Mats from Kindergarten Celebration
- Ideas to make Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sensory Tub from Crayons & Cuties in Kindergarten
Hands-On Coconut Trees & ABC’s
obsessed in love with DIY craft projects. I’ve seen so many fun ‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ projects that range from cookie sheet trees to pool noodle trees. Check out a few of my favorites here:
- Magnetic Cookie Sheet Tree from Little Page Turners
- Pool Noodle Coconut Trees from She Bakes and Creates
- Palm Tree Made w/ Umbrella from Mrs. Jump’s Class
- Magnetic Palm Tree from Pre-K Pages
The magnetic palm tree was my absolute favorite! I love that kids can hold each letter and interact with it directly on the tree. I couldn’t just admire it online, I had to create
one two myself!
Pre-K Pages uses fake leaves for her leaves, which is genius. Low prep and quick! Unfortunately for me, I did not have any leaves handy at 4 AM (when I do my best crafting), so I had to improvise with felt & pipe cleaners.
‘Chicka Chicka Boom Boom’ Magnetic Tree DIY
Pre-K Pages has fantastic directions on creating a magnetic coconut tree. My trees follow the basic outline of her directions. Any can will work, as long as it is metal. I created two different sized trees.
Large Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree
This tree is made out of 3 jumbo sized coffee cans. Follow the directions on Pre-K Pages to tape them together. The best part about this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree is that all the pieces can be stored inside!
DIY Felt Leaves
The leaves for both trees are made out of felt. Follow these easy directions to create your leaves.
Large Leaves- Option #1
- Cut out the leaves out of a large piece of green felt.
- Glue a pipe cleaner in the middle of the leaf. 1 on the front and 1 on the back. (I used a light green for the back of the leaf to add contrast).
- About 2-3 inches of pipe cleaner should overhang the end of the leaf.
- Use an razor blade to cut an X in the middle of the lid.
- Thread the overhanging pipe cleaners through the lid.
- Optional: Glue a piece of felt over top the inside of the lid to cover the ends of the pipe cleaners and to hold them in place.
Small Leaves- Option #2
- Cut out the leaves. Cut out a light and dark green leaf for each leaf.
- Hot glue a pipe cleaner to the inside of the light green leaf.
- Hot glue a pipe cleaner down the middle of the dark green leaf. Leave 2-3 inches of the pipe cleaner hanging off the back of the leaf.
- Thread the overhanging pipe cleaners through the X on the plastic leaf.
- Optional: Glue a piece of felt over top the inside of the lid.
Using the Magnetic Tree
Use your magnetic tree with any type of magnet. Letter magnets that you use on the fridge work, or make your own magnets! Here is a free download to create your own set of colorful alphabet & number magnets. Plus, there are a bunch of ideas on how to use the magnetic coconut tree with your kiddos.
More Hands On Letter Activities
Need more hands-on alphabet and number activities? Check these out!
- Kids will flip over these transportation themed tracing mats. Kids can practice letter and numeral formation while ‘driving’ on the letter and number roads. See it in action here. Pick up a copy from my store here.
- Get kids up and moving as they learn about letters of the alphabet. Romp and Stompin’ Letters has tons of interactive fun to explore the alphabet, letter formation, and letter attributes. See it in action here. Pick up Romp & Stompin’ Letters here.Thanks so much for joining me for my Saturday crafting!