"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault is a favorite book among children, parents and early childhood professionals. It's a fun read that's enjoyable all by itself, but it's even better when you pair it with simple learning activities. The following ideas will enhance your reading of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom."
- That's What Che Said has a free coconut tree printable. Pair it with a metal cookie sheet and a set of magnetic letters, and your preschooler can act out the story time and again.
- Confessions of a Homeschooler offers three coconut tree assessment tests. Choose from capital letters, lowercase letters or numbers. As you call out a number or letter, your child marks it on the page.
- Make a coconut tree snack. Use graham cracker quarters for the trunk, apple slices for the leaves and chocolate-covered raisins for the coconuts.
- Peace, Love and Coconuts has a set of Counting Coconuts in Our Room cards. Kids match a numbered palm tree card to a card with the corresponding number of coconuts.
- Watch a musical, animated reading of "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" on YouTube.
- Smedley's Smorgasbord of Kindergarten offers a design for a coconut tree hat, plus many other hands-on activities to go with the book.
"Chicka Chicka Boom Boom" is a delightful tale that your kids will want to read again and again, and you'll enjoy the alphabet familiarity it builds in your children. Use these activities to keep liven up your experiences with this book and enhance your children's learning.