Abby loves listening to her copy of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!! It’s one of those winners that is fun to reread (again, and again, and again…) which is definitely a plus for her parents who are still trying to maintain their sanity. We may or may not have 90% of our children’s books supply memorized by now (and thanks to garage sales, we have a ton).
Little Page Turners gave me the idea to take this rhythmic, swinging book to a new level of fun. I cut out a card stock tree trunk, leaves, and 2 coconuts (just like in the book) and used good ol’ Elmer’s glue to assemble a coconut tree. I used contact paper to laminate it once the glue dried.
I set the tree on the floor and Abby found each lowercase letter as they appeared in our story. She loved making her letters climb up into the tree just like the book! Of course I had our tree slowly tip as it became loaded down with letters. When I read the page where all the letters fall out of the tree, Abby got to grab the bottom of the tree trunk and pull it up while her letters tumbled off. That was definitely the highlight. 🙂
This was very easy to put together and provided a lot of fun! It gave us a new way to read, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” and Abby loved flipping through the book and playing with the activity on her own as well.
We used these foam magnet letters. I have seen so many letter magnet sets and these are my favorite for a few different reasons. Mainly, I love that the letters are all normal looking! Every other set I’ve seen will use difficult toddler font for lowercase ‘a’ or ‘g’ (kind of like the font I’m using now…. haha) or the lowercase ‘q’ that doesn’t have a defining tail. While I do want Abby to be able to recognize a variety of common fonts, it’s sometimes nice to have activities (especially early on) where she doesn’t have to work at just trying to figure out what letter she’s looking at. Another reason I like this particular set is that the magnet covers the entire back of the letter. It isn’t like the plastic sets where there are a 1 or 2 small magnets stuck in the back. I don’t like those kind as the magnets eventually start falling out and there goes your fridge fun. Not to mention with a baby reaching mobile stage, I don’t need one more thing to keep out of her mouth. These magnets stick really well to the fridge, but aren’t strong enough to support papers/pictures. Oh! Also, all of the vowels are red, which might be fun/useful for later on.