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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Week

Last week, we wrote a post on Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Math. Today, we are going to show you what else we did during  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom week.

The kids enjoyed a variety of art activities.  We learned that the simplest of art projects were the most liked!

For the above activity, we put out brown and green paint and told the children to make a coconut tree from the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.  We love to see the variability in the abilities of the different ages.  This next activity we clipped paper to both sides of the easel and left strips of dot stickers in the tray.  We gave the children no directions, just that they could put as many stickers on the paper wherever they would like.

Notice the stickers in the corner in the picture on the right?  The little boy who made who placed those stickers said they were his Chicka Chicka Boom Boom trees.

During circle, we explored a real coconut and charted what we saw, what it felt like, sounded like and smelt like.  After we played a modification of the games Hot Potato and musical chairs.

The kids passed around the coconut while music played.

When the music stopped, the child holding the coconut shook it hear what was inside.

The next day, we opened the coconut to find out what was inside and to taste the coconut.

We went outside since we forgot a hammer and had to drop it on the ground to open it.

First we drained all the milk…which the kids were shocked when we told them it was coconut milk…and it wasn’t white!

After it was open, we went inside for snack.  We had a ‘regular’ snack, but each kid tried a piece of coconut and took a sip of coconut milk.  Even our pickiest eater tried!  Only one child liked not only the coconut, but also the milk.

For snack one day we made coconut trees.  This was a great following directions activity while eating a nutritious snack.

We lined up the fruits in bowls and the kids came through in assembly line fashion to make their ‘trees.’  We used the following visual supports:

We weren’t shocked that everyone loved the bananas and oranges as we have these often, but we were pleasantly surprised at how many children tried and liked the kiwi.

We really had a great time with this theme.  We hope you will like our ideas and incorporate them the next time you do Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.

Here are some book suggestions to go along with the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Theme:

 

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