I saw this genius idea in "The Mailbox" Magazine where you make your own coconut tree, attach it to a baking sheet, and use magnetic lowercase letters to reinact the story with your child.

Materials you will need:
-Metal baking sheet (the tree isn't permanently attached so will have your pan back for baking, I promise!)
-green sheet of card stock paper
-brown sheet of card stock paper
-magnetic lowercase letters (I had a hard time finding these in my local stores so I ended up purchasing them on ebay for cheap)

1. Take the green sheet of card stock paper and use your pencil to sketch the top of a coconut tree. See my picture below. If you have a difficult time with this, you could always do a google search for "coconut tree clip art", print one out and trace it on your paper.

2. Cut out your sketch of the top of the coconut tree.

3. Use your brown sheet of card stock paper and cut out a rectangle piece to be used as the trunk of the tree.

4. Glue the brown trunk to the bottom of the green tree to finish making your coconut tree.

5. Next, attach the coconut tree to your metal baking sheet with tape. I used double-sided tape because it's what I had, but any kind will do.

6. My boys thought there should be ground underneath the tree, so I cut another rectangle from the brown sheet of card stock paper and taped it to the bottom of my tree.

7. Now you are ready to grab your lowercase letter magnets and start playing! Open up your copy of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" and as you read the story, have your child find the corresponding letter magnet to the letter you read in the book, and place that magnet on the coconut tree.

8. As you continue reading the story you will soon have every letter on the coconut tree.

9. And then UH-OH....All the letters fall off the tree...(this is my kids favorite part when they get to push all the magnets off the tree)

The story continues with the alphabet one more time so your child will gets lots of practice finding all their lowercase letters.

My kids love this activity so much that they've pretty much taken over my baking sheet and it's found it's permanent place in their bedroom. Since I have more than one I don't mind.


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