Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

To get back into the school groove, we started with a unit based on the classic alphabet book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin.  There is a reason so many kindergarten classes start the year with this book.  For us it was a DSCN0221great way to review our letters and ease back into our school schedule. To get in the spirit, we started with a palm tree I made in our school room.  I just used brown construction paper and part of a very cheap green plastic tablecloth.

Letter Hunt

DSCN0224I printed these letters out on cardstock and hung them around the house the night before our letter hunt.  I was surprised how much the girls enjoyed finding them and for some reason wearing them.  They were still in their pajamas when we got started.  We then hung the letters up on our palm tree just like in the story.

Download Large Lowercase Letters here

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You can’t talk about palm trees without exploring coconuts.  I picked some up at the grocery store and after touching and describing them from the outside we broke them open (well, their dad broke them open) and then we all got to taste the coconut milk.  It was different than all of us were expecting.

Mia's face shows exactly what she thinks of the coconut

Mia’s face shows exactly what she thinks of the coconut

Coconut Volcano

I stuffed one of the coconut halves with baking soda and then we took turns pouring the vinegar in to make our volcano explode.  Having recently visited Hawaii, the girls loved mixing two things they saw on their trips.  And then of course, they had to play in the mixture while it was fizzing.

Coconut Volcano

Shake & Color

This was another letter review activity that I’ve seen on a few different sites.  We made these palm trees out of Sprite bottles then filled them with rice and small laminated letters (I used the color version of their worksheet).  The girls would shake the bottles and then identify the letters they saw and color them on their worksheet.

Shake and Color Game

Download Student Version Shake n Color Game in black and white

Download Shake n Color Game in color

Boom Boom Letter Game

The girls loved this game which we picked up from Kindergarten Kel here.

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Letter Sensory Bin

This was super simple to set up but fun for the girls.  I just tossed magnetic letters into our sensory bin with some blue water to mimic the ocean. They fished the letters out with chopsticks (great for motor skills) and then sorted them by capital and lowercase.

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These number cards from Kindergarten Celebration were a huge hit with the girls.  They filled in the squares on the ten frame for each number and also formed the numbers out of playdough.  You can find the cards here.

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Letter Worksheets

Chicka chicka boom boom worksheetWe also used these worksheets I picked up online.  For the uppercase letters the girls marked the letters with dauber dots as we read through the first half of the book.  The lowercase worksheet involved matching the letters together.  Click on the links below to find the worksheets.

Uppercase Chicka Chicka Boom Boom worksheet

Lowercase Chicka Chicka Boom Boom worksheet

 

Bathtub Fun

This was all purely for fun but the girls LOVED the themed bath I did for them.  The palm tree pieces are cut from regular fun foam sheets–when wet it sticks to the tiles easily.  I used some alphabet pieces we already had although you could also cut those from fun foam if necessary.  The girls also played with the coconut pieces but if you do this, be sure to clean them carefully.  We learned that the hard way.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom bathtub

Snack time!

We also enjoyed snacks inspired by the book.  I saw a few different versions of these online.  For us, we used grapes to make the coconuts.  The girls were also much more willing to try something new (they have never been a big fan of kiwi) when it was in the shape of a palm tree.

This one was made from apples, graham crackers, and grapes

This one was made from apples, graham crackers, and grapes

This lunch was made of banana, kiwi, grapes, cheese, and sliced turkey

This lunch was made of banana, kiwi, grapes, cheese, and sliced turkey

We also baked Chicka Coconut Banana Booms.  You can find the recipe here from Growing Book by Book.

Letter Collage

I precut the pieces of the palm tree and then the girls assembled it.  They then decorated the tree with letter stickers and were supposed to make a collage using magazine pieces.  Unfortunately things didn’t go according to plan.

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As for other art projects, there are tons of cute ideas online.  We kept running out of time and the girls weren’t feeling crafty so as much as I loved all the ideas I saw, we never really made any of them. 🙁

Pinterest

Need more ideas?  Feel free to check out my Pinterest board!

Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

Like I said, we’ve been doing a nursery rhyme each week.  Recently we learned “Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater.”

Peter, Peter pumpkin eater
Had a wife and couldn’t keep her
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her safe and well

Peter Peter Pumpkin Eater

Pumpkin Poem Books

These books were super easy to make.  The girls looked through magazines to find pictures Peter Pumpkin Booksfor each line of the poem.  I used the pumpkin template below to cut out the covers out of orange paper and pages from white.  On the top of each page I wrote a line from the poem and then they found pictures for each line.  Of course, kiddos can also draw their own pictures for each line (that’s what Zoe wanted to do).

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Pumpkin Houses

I cut large pumpkins out of orangeP1060208 construction paper and then had the girls create their own pumpkin houses out of them.  I also gave them some rectangles to make doors and windows with.  Zoe had the idea to use some of the leftover children from “The Old Women Who Lived in the Shoe” as Peter and his wife on her pumpkin.

 

History & What it Means

plain-pumpkin-mdWe also talked about what the rhyme might mean.  People used to think pumpkins would ward off evil spirits (hence jack’o’lanterns).  We talked about how people used to think this a long time ago and maybe that’s why Jack put his wife in a pumpkin–trying to keep her safe from bad spirits.  The girls idea was that Jack couldn’t buy a house so he made a pumpkin a house.

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Of course we had to taste some pumpkin.  We baked some pumpkin and chocolate bread which was very yummy.

 

 

 

There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe

We have started including a nursery rhyme each week in our school activities.  One of our first was “There Was an Old Woman Who Lived in a Shoe.”  We keep the rhyme written up on the wall, do different related activities, and by the end of the week the girls have memorized the poem.oldwoman

 Craft Time

P1060032Our biggest project was making a the shoe.  We actually spread it out over a few days.  I cut the pieces out of posterboard; then the girls painted two pieces.  Once dry, I hot glued the two pieces of boot together and punched out holes to lace.  Then we wove the ribbon through to lace up the boot.  I used wired ribbon so that it would be easier to go through the holes and the bow would stand out.P1060033

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Next we made all the Old Woman’s children.  We used this simple template to make many children and then the girls decorated each one.  Then we could put the children inside the boot while reciting the poem.  My advice is to make a few each day so you end up with a bunch without getting burned out.

Click here to download paper doll template

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Darth Vader! Zoe was so proud of herself for making his black helmet and the panel on his chest.

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Shoe Activities

This was also a great time to try out tying shoes.  We didn’t push it too much since the girls actually have very few shoes that tie, but it was still good practice.P1050924

And I had them matching up socks from the laundry basket.  Not really related, but it made sense to me and got the girls in the habit of helping with the laundry.

 

 

Coloring Time

And here is the coloring page  from Inkspired Musings that we colored on the first day.

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Scissor Practice Printable

I wanted to share these great printables my husband made when the girls were starting to practice cutting.  If your kiddos are like mine, once they started cutting they didn’t want to stop! (including their hair in one unfortunate incident)Scissor practice

These pages gave them a chance to practice holding the scissors correctly, cutting on a straight line, and getting all the way across the paper.  The girls also loved having actual shapes cut out that they could then glue together.P1050899

Click here for Scissor Practice Printable

I trimmed down construction paper and ran that through the printer.  That way they were using paper that was a little sturdier and didn’t tear or bend while they were working with it.

 

 

 

 

 

Eyes for All Sorts of Crafts

This collection of eyes that my personal graphic artist (aka my husband) IMAG0471designed for us have been awesome!  While I love googly eyes as much as the next person (maybe even more), sometimes we need something bigger or just different.  It’s nice to be able to choose whichever color and size we want.

Download All Eyes pdf

What I especially like is that he created so many different options.  There are sheets of all different sizes but the same color.

Blue Eyes

And sheets of all different colors in the same size.

Oval Eyes

It’s been fabulous to have so many options.  Whether you are using them for a specific craft or just leaving out a whole bunch for the kiddos to create with, the possibilities are endless!

 

 

 

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