This bestseller has been delighting children for over 20 years – and it serves as a great theme for several fun games and activities.
Title: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
Author/Illustrator: Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault (Authors), Lois Ehlert (Illustrator)
Book talk: Chant along as the letters of the alphabet race up the coconut tree – but will there be enough room?
Sing: Sing the alphabet song.
Play Bingo: Grab a set of alphabet magnets and blank bingo cards (or print cards from a site like Bingo Baker). Have each player write a different letter in each box of their bingo card. When you are ready to play, select one letter from the pile of magnets. Everyone who has that letter covers it on their card. Continue playing until someone matches five in a row. BINGO!
Investigate:Have your child examine a coconut using their five senses. What does it look like? What does it feel like? What does it sound like when you knock on it? What does it smell like? What does the inside taste like? Further exploration: Does it float in water? Why? Is it easy to open? Why? How can we open it?
Sorting: Grab a set of alphabet magnets and have your child think of criteria for sorting the letters [Example criteria: consonants/vowels, with/without holes, upper/lowercase, and by color]. After each round of sorting, have your child count the number of letters in each group.
Perform: Grab a set of alphabet magnets and print a paper coconut tree, such as this one from AZ Coloring. As you read the book, have your child race letters up the paper coconut tree.
Coconut Letter Puzzles: Help your child practice cutting skills and recognition of upper/lowercase letters. 1) On small paper plates (i.e. “coconuts”), write an uppercase letter on one half of the plate and the matching lowercase letter on the other half. With a marker, draw a line down the middle of the plate (use a different, but simple line pattern on each plate). 2) Have your child cut the plates along the lines you drew. 3) Mix all of the pieces and then have your child match the upper and lowercase letters.
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