Picture a beach with the coastal breeze blowing through the palm trees…
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Elise and I love this book: Chicka Chicka ABC. Even when we’re not reading it, we could be singing it while we fold the laundry. It’s just so catchy!
Chicka Chicka ABC is a great book for her age (2 years old) because it is a truncated version of it’s big brother and it keeps her interest throughout the story.
I do need to be on the lookout for lowercase foam letters, though. She guesses at a lot of them, so we should give those some playtime, too.
Anyway, because she loves her letters, likes to play with them on her own, and we love this book, I came up with this coconut (or palm) tree you see in the picture.
Here’s a close up and a link with the how-to tutorial I made. It didn’t take long to craft and Elise helped with almost everything!
We have used this little tree for this letter play, for pretend play, and for treasure hunts we have come up with to help her to develop the desire to follow instructions.
I put it in one of those handy Melissa & Doug wooden crates that her toys come in.
Don’t you just love these little crates! We have used them to hold supplies while we are crafting, for Montessori boxes, farm play, and so much more.
Sometimes I think those little crates are more valuable than the actual toys…
I set up the tree in the crate with some tan shredded paper basket filler because I didn’t want to have to deal with cleaning up sand in the house. I placed it, the book and the small uppercase foam letters just like this on her customized toddler table and said, “Let’s play!”
After we read the book, she started taking out the letters and singing the Chicka Chicka chant, as it’s known ’round these parts. I am so disappointed that I didn’t get this on video because it was awesome!
She would sing, “A told B and B told C, I’m gonna race you to the top of the coconut tree.” Although it would sound like this when she sang it: “A towd B and B towd C, I’ma race you to da top of da coh-coh-nut twee.”
Sometimes I like to start the chant just to hear her sing it.
Let us know in the comments section if you’ll give this fun activity and craft a try or just to let us know you stopped by. We’d love to hear from you!