Saturday, January 21, 2012

"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" Coconut Tree

So tonight, Matt and I hunkered down and started making our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree. We will be using this as an aid when we start to teach Brennan the alphabet. It will have the added benefit of being large and colorful, so it will be a nice wall decoration as well.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is Brennan's favorite book, so I was so pleased to come across this idea to make a coconut tree!

I grabbed a bunch of construction paper and laid it out on the floor in a general "coconut tree" shape. This is what I got here.

Don't you love the single coconut??

Well, making a bunch of pretty coconut leave is harder than you think it is (especially for a perfectionist) so it took about an hour and a half to get the leaves in an "okay" shape. I am still not 100% pleased with them. Here is the updated coconut tree!

Well, it is still not done. I still need to finish the trunk, and the coconuts. Matt wanted to help out, so he made a couple of small egg-shaped coconuts. But at least once I get all the outline done, I can see about adding some different colors in with some paint. I will keep you all updated on the progress of the tree as time goes on.

How are we hanging the tree? Well, the tree will be mounted onto posterboard (two separate pieces), then laminated together as one big tree.

I also printed out letters from

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