Thursday, August 30, 2012

Literary Lunch: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Fruit Salad

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a favorite in our house.  Its rhythmic text is fun to read aloud.  The kids and I love the bold colors and flat style illustrations.  It's a great book for children learning the alphabet.

This classic favorite comes to life when paired with a coconut tree fruit salad.  Assemble the tree for your little ones or help them strengthen fine motor skills and little muscles as they pinch the precut fruit pieces and put them into place.  These soft fruits are also perfect for practicing cutting skills with a kid-safe plastic knife and fork.

Ingredients (makes two fruit salads):
½ fresh mango, peeled and cut into slices
1 kiwi fruit, peeled and cut into wedges
1 small banana, cut lengthwise
3 red grapes, cut in half or 3 blueberries
a few alphabet pretzels
Assemble fruit to make the picture of a coconut tree and read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to your little ones as they chow down.

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