We rowed the book for five days. At the start of each day, I would read it and we would focus on a specific aspect of the book.
Day 1: Rhyme and Palm Tree Art
On Day One, we found the rhymes in the story and made up new ones. Then Aidyn painted a "forearm and palm" tree.
Day Two: Math
On the second day, we counted the letters in our names to see who had the most letters and who had the least letters.
Day Three: Patterns and Kitchen Fun
On the third day, we made an ABC pattern on the board and created ABC Kabobs. Prior to the lesson, I chopped up apples, bananas, and cantaloupes. Aidyn strung the fruit pieces in ABC order and devoured them happily.
Speaking of food, we also snacked on these beauties:
Pudding cup base, smashed graham cracker sand, Pirouette mint wafer trunk, and Fruit Roll-Up leaves.
Cashew butter graham cracker sandwiches and Granny Smith apple leaves.
Day Four: Music and Collage Art
On the fourth day, we listened to a musical version of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
We also watched some videos about Lois Ehlert's art. It garnered many "oooo"s and "awww"s from Aidyn.
We then set out on a nature walk to gather supplies for our own collages. When we got back, we made these:
Aidyn's Yellow Man.
Mama's Ocean Scene.
Day Five: The Science of Coconut-Smashing
To the beat of Hawaiian music, we whacked open a coconut.
After the nail failed to do much, we switched to the chisel.
In order to completely crack open the hard shell, we had to wrap the coconut in a towel and demolish it with a hammer. Aidyn proudly assumed that task.
Afterward, we scraped our teeth on coconut meat and shredded some up for later.
We had a blast with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, and while Aidyn was a little sad during our "last" reading of it, I'm sure we'll come back and read it again.
Many of these ideas came from Homeschool Share.