Today is National Read Across America Day, and in honor of that, I have a fun lamp makeover for your child's bedroom or playroom! Before being a full-time homemaker, I was a daycare teacher and ran a family daycare for many, many years. Our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Lamp was one of my favorite projects! It really added a fun touch to our daycare, and the kids LOVED gathering around it to sing Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! It is so simple, and very inexpensive to create. I bought the lamp at Target a few years back (similar to this one.) Who knew I would be blogging about it someday! Well, certainly not me, so I don't have great "before and after" pictures for you (sorry!) You can (kind of) see the lamp in the picture below.
To make the lamp awesome, I simply cut brown construction paper into strips to make the links. I then taped interconnecting links together, wrapping them around the base of the lamp,all the way up to where the "arms" of the lamp begin. This made the trunk of the tree. Then I did the same thing with green construction paper for the leaves. To make the coconuts, I crumpled up some brown packing paper that I had on hand, and taped them where the trunk meets the leaves. Then I used stencils to make various letters in an assortment of colors, and taped those randomly all over the tree. It turned out better than I imagined it would, and the kids L-O-V-E-D it!
If you have little ones or are a daycare or preschool teacher, be sure to check out my Puddle Jumpers Playschool board on Pinterest!
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