Preschoolers will love this fun theme that goes with the classic alphabet book Chicka Chicka Book Boom. Teach preschoolers the letters of the alphabet with this rhythmic book. Preschoolers will learn upper case and lower case letters.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Circle Time
Use a palm tree template to make a paper palm tree. Color the tree and use contact paper to cover it and stick it to a metal cookie sheet (preferably one with sides). Use plastic ABC magnets to act out the story as you read. This would also make a great language center. Preschoolers will love playing with magnets and learning their ABC’s.
Make or purchase a felt board set with a palm tree and alphabet letters. Use the letters to retell the story or as a language center.
Talk with preschoolers about uppercase and lower case letters. Help each preschooler to identify the upper case and lower case letter of their name.
Use a letter “C” template to create a cardstock cut out of the letter C. Let each preschooler touch it and talk about what it feels like.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Arts and Crafts
“Palm” Trees – Paint preschoolers hands green and the underside of their wrist brown. Press arm onto a piece of paper to make a palm tree. Cut out brown circles for coconuts and let preschoolers glue the coconuts to their tree. Have preschoolers glue letter stickers to the center of each coconut.
Letter “C” Collage – Print a large letter “C” on a piece of paper. Give each preschooler a copy. Have preschoolers go through magazines and cut out the letter “C” and things that begin with “C”.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Math and Science
What is a coconut? – Show preschoolers a real coconut. Let them feel the texture of the outside and shake it. When all the preschoolers have had a chance to explore the outside use a hammer and a nail to make a hole and drain the coconut milk. The softest points are the small dark circles. For faster draining, punch a hole in all of the circles. Wrap the coconut completely in a towel and place on the floor. Use a hammer to break open the coconut and get to the coconut meat. Be sure that preschoolers are far enough away for this step. Once the coconut is opened let all preschoolers have a chance to see what real coconut tastes like.
Make Chicka Snacks – Spread celery stalks with peanut butter. Use celery stalks that still have the leaves attached.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Music and Movement
Egg Maracas – Fill plastic easter eggs with rice or dried beans. Super glue the egg closed and let it dry. Give each preschooler an egg to shake as they dance to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Other Coconutty Songs
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Pretend Play
Include towels, sunglasses, beach balls, and sand toys in your pretend play center. Have preschoolers pretend that they are on a tropical island.