Instead, Mama Stacey grabbed a marker and some of our art supplies and came up with a nifty little Coconut Tree Name Slider that we'd like to share with you.
ITEMS YOU WILL NEED
1 sheet of Green Construction Paper
1 sheet of Brown Construction Paper
2 sheets of Cardstock
Large Popsicle Stick
FREE TemplatesThere are TWO templates for this project. You can honestly get away with printing out only the "front" if it comes down to it. They are completely FREE. They are PDF scans of my hand-drawn pattern.
Begin this project by hugging your child and kissing their face until they tell you you're being ridiculous and you really need to stop gushing on them so much.
Next, print the templates out onto Cardstock. (If you are okay putting construction paper through your printer, feel free to print directly onto the colored paper. 'Front' onto green and 'Back' onto brown.) Cut the shapes out. Carefully cut out the circle from the FRONT template and save the circle.
Now, trace the FRONT onto the Green Construction Paper. Then, trace the BACK onto the Brown Construction Paper. Also, trace the circle FIVE or SIX times onto the Brown Construction Paper. Cut everything out.
Lay the Green tree on top of the Brown and insert the Popsicle Stick between them. Use the above photo as a guide to see how the Popsicle Stick should thread through the hole.
Leave the Popsicle Stick in place as you staple above the hole and then to either side of the Popsicle Stick's path. It should be a little loose so that the Popsicle Stick slides easily.
I chose to hide the staples by gluing several Brown Circles around the opening so that it looked like a cluster of coconuts.
You're almost finished. Time to spread some glue between the Green Front and the Brown Back. Allow to dry and you're good to go.
Vertically write your child's name on the Popsicle Stick. Slide the Popsicle Stick through slowly as your child recites the letters. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
This project helps a child learn the letters and spelling of their name. We incorporate this into our morning circle time twice each week. Adventure Girl gets a kick out of it.
This project was used during with our Preschool Lesson Plan.
For other projects and inspirations, check out our Preschool Home Education page