“Chicka Chicka Boom Boom”

chicka_thumb[8]One of our favorite books here at the Armstrong Chapel Preschool is “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom” by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault.

You can  watch an animated version on YouTube here:

…and then you can do this really neat activity with your child to bring the book to life.

  • Give the kids 1/2 sheet of colorful paper.  Used bright colors just like the book!
  • Have them glue on a long brown rectangle for the trunk.
  • Give them a page of bright polka dot paper with 3 leaves drawn on the back. Let them practice cutting out the leaves with scissors.
  • Glue the leaves to the top of the tree.
  • Glue on a few brown circles for coconuts!

Last, pick some letters to focus on – perhaps the letters of your childs name and  have them glue those letters right onto their tree.

So cute and bright!

Special Thanks to This Awesome website for this Creative Idea!

Candy Cane Activities



With cold weather finally sounding like it is headed our way, I am always asked for suggestions on how to keep our little ones busy with fun activities. I found some fun tasks that involve Candy Canes which everyone sees a lot of around the Holiday season.

I call it Fun With Candy Canes!


First start out by bringing home some Candy canes and examining them.

  • Show the kids a candy cane.
  • Have them describe what they see.
  • Noticed the stripes, the colors, the shape, and how it looks like a letter J upside-down, and like a shepherd’s staff right-side-up.
  • Let the kids eat a piece of the candy cane and describe the taste.

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  • Print a blank candy cane on a sheet of white paper and then pour a small amount of red paint onto a paper plate.
  • Give the kids a Q-tip or paint brush and let them add red stripes to their candy cane.

Candy-CanesMake a Candy Cane Bead Ornament

  • Set out a bowl of red plastic beads and a bowl of white plastic beads.
  • Get a pile of red or white pipe cleaners
  • String one bead and twist at the bottom (to keep the other beads from sliding off.)
  • Talk to the kids about the pattern on candy canes … red, white, red, white.
  • Ask them to string a pattern of beads on their pipe cleaner to make a candy cane.
  • Twist the last bead and have the kids bend their ornament into a candy cane shape.
  • Hang on the tree!

Candy Cane Playdough

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  • 1 Cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup water
  • food coloring

Heat the oil in a pot. Remove from the heat and add *food coloring and water. Stir in all other ingredients. Continue to cook over low heat until mixture is firm, about 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat, and set clay mixture on wax paper to cool. Store in an airtight container.

(*Add peppermint extract, red food coloring and glitter to the warmed water and oil (before adding the dry ingredients) to make it extra special.)

  • Make a batch of red and a batch of white playdough.
  • Give the kids a small ball of each color.
  • Show them how to make a long, skinny snake with each color, then twist them together to make a candy cane.

NOTE: Little hands will smell like candy canes when you are finished!

Thanks to the following websites for these great activities!

CandyCane Ideas

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