Friday, May 27, 2011

Flannel Friday - Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Happy Flannel Friday! I was going to submit today's entry on a later date, but I was too excited to share. I'll be using this for my Library themed storytime coming up in two weeks. It was fairly labor intensive, but fun, and I'm very proud of it!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.

I traced the actual tree in the book using tissue paper, cut out the individual pieces, and then traced the pieces on the felt. The letters were cut out using a die cut machine (whoever invented the Ellison machine deserves a Nobel prize!).

I cut out both uppercase and lowercase letters. My plan is to tell the story and then give the preschoolers an uppercase letter and have them help their lowercase friends when they fall out of the tree.

As I was making this, children (and some parents) were coming up to my desk exclaiming, "Chicka Chicka! I love that book!" A circulation page and I were singing the song all day long!

Don't forget to check out the other Flannel Friday entries!Check Mel's Desk Flannel Friday page for updates or find us on Twitter using #FlannelFriday. This week is hosted by @ReadingChick at Rain Makes Applesauce. Entries from previous weeks are available at So Tomorrow's blog.


  1. Wow, what a GREAT way to adapt this to a flannelboard! The idea to match uppercase and lowercase is so smart to help the kids think about their letters AND at the same time it keeps the board from getting completely covered in felt pieces! Oh, can't wait to do this one. And I agree about the Ellison inventor! :)

  2. Here you go, inspiring me to get out the Ellison machine again! Your tree is positively identical to the book's -- you did a great job!

  3. Thanks everyone! I can't wait to see their faces in storytime when they recognize the tree.

  4. I'm not sure how you make your letters go Chicka BOOM BOOM... we use a piece of yarn. All the letters follow the path of the yarn -- then, viola, down they go.

    Nice post Miss Mollie