The book, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” is a very fun and highly educational story that involves the letters of the alphabet chasing one another up a coconut tree.
A Great Book That Inspires Fun Ideas
This story can inspire some really fun crafting ideas that once complete make excellent decorations for your classroom! Here are some:
Popsicle Stick Tree
Preschool students can make their own tree like the one in the story out of Popsicle sticks and plastic alphabet letters they glue onto their Popsicles! To make it extra-challenging try to have the students only use letters that make a word, such as their name.
Letters AROUND a Tree
In Saratoga Springs, Utah, the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Preschool (the name is just like the book) has their own big coconut tree decoration with all 26 letters of the alphabet around it. If you have your class make one they can help design a paper tree and put all the letters up around it in the correct order!
Letters ON a Tree
In the story a bunch of letters climb-up in the tree, so with this activity you can encourage your preschool students to glue a bunch of letters in a paper coconut tree too! This helps work on fine motor-skills as the children work at attaching the little letters onto the big tree. It was a popular activity at Kehillath Israel Preschool in Brookline, Massachusetts.
One Letter a Tree
Instead of putting multiple letters on one big tree, why not make a bunch of small trees that each get one letter on them? Preschoolers will love helping to make the small trees as well as tTactile Trees
he letters that go on each one!
Adventure Junction Early Learning Center
The Children’s Center for the Visually Impaired (CCVI), found in Kansas City, Missouri, has a great activity for preschoolers who are visually impaired or just love to feel an assortment of textures! These tactile trees each student gets to make use sandpaper for the trunk of the tree, followed by green corrugated foam for the leaves, and of course colorful puffy foam letters. The specific version they made too had a strip of braille as well.
At Rita Book’s Daycare the preschool students loved making their hands green and putting it on their pieces of paper to create the coconut trees leaves. They they glued letters of their choosing on their tree and each one looked different between their handprints and the letters they chose!
Sensory Bin Tree
Preschoolers can help choose what goes in a sensory bin inspired by, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom,” and that is just what they did at The Purple Crayon Enrichment Center. Kids got to put in colorful letters and play with them in addition to little green and brown seeds that everyone pretended were the coconuts!