Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault is a favorite of many children and over the years I have spent plenty of time building trees and crashing letters. There are so many ways to use a child’s interest in the book to incorporate fun ways to learn.
- Early Reading
- Letter Recognition
- Cause and Effect
- Visual Scanning
- Fine Motor
- The book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- Green and Brown Construction Paper
- Alphabet letters
Instructions for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activities:
Take the brown construction paper and roll it into a tube. If you want a bigger tree tape pieces of construction paper together.
At one end of the brown paper tube make 4 cuts about 1” – 2” long evenly spaced.
Fold out the cut edges to make a base.
Tape the base onto another piece of construction paper.
Cut out strips of green construction paper and tape to the top of the tree.
You can use alphabet stickers for the letters to climb up the tree.
For letter recognition put the letters in a pile on the floor, for beginners you could start with a choice of 3 letters, have the child find the correct letter and place it in the tree. This is good for letter recognition and visual scanning.
If you want to focus on visual scanning you could add items that are not relevant to the activity.
For cause and effect ask the child what will happen to the tree if you pile on the letters. Keep piling on letters until the tree falls. Discuss what happens.
For pretend give the alphabet that matches their sound. For example, you could pretend that “A” is a girl named Annie or an alligator. Have the letter characters interact and express why they are running up the tree and how they feel when they fall.
For co-regulation take two sets of the alphabet, one for you and one for the child. This time the game is to put the same letter on at the same time. You can count to start, hold up your fingers to count to work on gestures and use your eyes to show when ready to place the letter.
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