|Our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Room!|
|This is my Chicka Chicka Boom Boom area in my room. Students come here during center time for fun alphabet activities. I use the sand pails that you see on the back shelf for various activities including:
*dry erase boards with bright colored markers to practice writing the letters they see on the tree
*alphabet books are in one pail
*since this photo was taken I brought in a big red ice chest/cooler from home and put big books inside the cooler
*the small palm tree on the table is used to find the letters as they go through the Chicka Boom Boom book
*There is also a pail full of foam letters (bathtub letters found at Babies R Us) so the kids can put the letters in ABC order
*I am currently adding new activities that I'll post soon!
|1. To make this tree I cut a long carpet roll to 6 1/2 '
2. The base is large so it will not tip. I used a large square block of wood for the base and then hammered a 2" x 6" wooden stake into the base. I slipped the carpet roll over the base/stake.
3. I bought 7' of burlap and hot glued it (wrapped it around the trunk one time so there is one long seam) to the roll.
4. A tore the fabric off of an umbrella and covered the metal umbrella skeleton with eight large palm leaves made from green roll paper. I used hot glue to attach the leave to the metal. I slipped the umbrella handle into the top of the carpet roll.
5. I stuffed three brown lunch sacks with paper, rolled them into a ball shape and hot glued them to the metal frame.
6. I hot glued the foam bathtub letters to the tree trunk.
Check Wal-Mart in August for colorful sand pails on sale! I got 12 and paid 50 cents for each!
I found the jungle furniture at a drug store at the end of the summer on sale for $3.50 for each piece!
I initially thought velcro would stick to the burlap and the children would be able to manipulate the letters on the tree but that did not work! I ended up gluing the foam letters (found in the tub toys section at Babies R Us for about $3.99) to the burlap on the tree. I bought an extra set of letters and put them in a sand pail so that the kids could match them to the letters on the tree.
I also thought about covering the tree trunk with felt and using felt letters! Just another idea!
|Make Your Own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree!|