As we read through our book list this year, some books we return to again and again. Like Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (affiliate link) has been a favorite of ours for several years now, so I was pleased to see our curriculum suggests reading this book often during the year. We would have anyway!
Since this is a familiar book for us, I wanted to make the day special! So I planned a series of activities to extend our reading. I got these all off Pinterest so they aren’t original to me, but you can read our experiences and tips!
Four Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activities for Preschool!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity 1 – Make a breakfast treat!
It’s easy to make a waffle palm tree! Just cut waffle sticks, slice apples and arrange the slices like palm branches. Put a few grapes for the coconuts. I happened to have letter cookies to place around the bottom, but you could use alphabet cereal or write letters with frosting on graham crackers.
The boys loved this special treat!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity 2 – Magnetic alphabet game
Create this magnetic board activity in just a few minutes.
Type letters into a document in a large (less than 1″) font, then print out a sheet of card stock. Use a punch to cut out the letters into circles.
Apply magnetic circles to the back of the circle. I also had my son use Do-A-Dot markers to stamp colors on the letters.
I cut out a palm tree from card stock just freehand. It’s really easy, I promise! I’m not an artist. Put magnets on the back of the tree pieces. Place everything on a cookie sheet and let your kids have fun!
My son enjoyed moving the letters up and down the tree while I read the book.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity 3 – Stamp-a-letter
You could do this while reading the book but we did this afterwards. I used a deck of alphabet flash cards.
Print out a coloring sheet of a palm tree and alphabet circles (I found mine here). Have your child identify and stamp each letter either while you read (but you’d have to read super slow!), or flip an alphabet flash card and find and stamp the letter indicated.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity 4 – Create a palm tree craft
Color a paper towel tube with brown marker. Older kids could draw on texture. Cut out strips of green construction paper with zigzag scissors (if you have them).
Cut inch-long strips around the bottom of the tube and fold out for roots (this allows the tree to stand up, plus it usually tilts the tree just like the tree in the book!).
Stick the paper strips into one end of the tube and fold over to keep them steady. You might glue or tape these in, as ours keep falling out!
Have your child apply letter stickers to the trunk. Enjoy as decoration!
This was probably our most challenging activity because the stickers kept falling off the cardboard tube so we put them on the palm tree leaves instead.
So there you have it – our four Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activities! Which one was your favorite? I think the breakfast is mine!
Share your book-inspired crafts with me! And check out my Book-Inspired Activities Pinterest Board!
Find more homeschool inspiration over at Crunchy Beach Mama today! She’s talking about how to create Story-inspired Snacks for kids! So fun (and yummy!).