So, lately Miss Genesis has been asking me to read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to her over and over and over again. She loves this book a lot.
For those of you who are unfamiliar, it is a silly story about the letters of the alphabet racing to the top of the coconut tree. The book, while a fun silly rhyme that my daughter loves, is also educational. The pictures depict lowercase letters as the “kids” running to the top of the tree. At one point some of the capital letters make an appearance as the adults who come to help up their “little dears” after they fall out of the tree.
I decided to make a coconut tree out of a paper towel tube and some construction paper for her. My plan was to give Miss Genesis the tree with some dot stickers that I’d written the letters on. Then it would be up to her to place the stickers on it.
However, I got a bit carried away because my project evolved from a simple coconut tree to a full out dinosaur small world play set. Miss Genesis loves it. She stuck all the stickers on and has spent hours playing with it today. The materials I used for this one were:
Scrap piece of wood (for the base)
- Green Construction Paper (the leaves)
- Paper Towel roll tube (the tree trunk)
- Blue & Brown Sand (the beach and water)
(Note if you don’t have sand, coloring sugar the way we did HERE would work great too!)
- Blue Sparkles (added to the water)
- Glass Rocks (like the kind for an aquarium)
- Glue Gun to hold it all together.
- Dot Stickers (for the letters that Miss Genesis added to the tree in the morning. Seriously though, we use these stickers for a LOT of activities, they are great!)
- Toy Dinosaurs
This was simple. The hardest part was cutting out the leaves out; I am not an artist! After I’d done that, I cut a little slit partway through top of the paper towel tube so that I could simply slid the leaves in. Then I wrote lowercase letters on the dot stickers so Miss Genesis could place them on the tree trunk.
The Small World Play
This is the part where I got a little carried away. First I decided to place the tree on a beach, so I hot glued it to a scrap piece of wood that I had lying around. Then I decided to add some texture so I hot glued some aquarium rocks and coloured sand to it too. It was very simple and easy to do and added some much play to this! She plays with it daily since I made it. I added some toy dinosaurs but any toy theme would work.