Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ABC Games

This a fun fine motor activity that also helps teach young children the alphabet.  Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of my favorite books.  It has great rhythm and rhyme which makes it perfect for young children.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Activity

MATERIALS NEEDED

DIRECTIONS

  • Spray paint or color paint stick.
  • Trace outline on recycled cardboard (thick)  or the inside of a cereal box (thick).
  • Color coconuts.
  • Color tree top.
  • Cut out tree top.
  • Place 3 velcro dots on the paint stick (hook side).
  • Place the latch side of the velcro on top of the hook side (sticky side will be facing up).
  • Align the tree top on top of the sticky velcro.
  • Press lightly to secure.
  • Write the ABC’s onto clothespins.
  • Option 1 – Write lowercase letters on both sides so they can be clipped on either side of the tree.
  • Option 2 – Write lowercase letters on one side and uppercase letters on the other side.
  • Option 3 – Write the letters of the child’s name on the clothespins.
  • READY TO PLAY!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Fine Motor

Read the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom to your children.  When finished, model how to put the clothespins on the tree.

STORY RETELLING AND ALPHABET PRACTICE

  • Read the story and have the child place the corresponding clothespins on the tree to match the letters read.
  • When all of the letters are on the tree, have the child say, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!”
  • Remove the tree top as shown above.
  • Call out the letters and have the child remove each corresponding letter.
  • Continue until all letters are removed.
  • Rebuild the tree to play again.

LEARNING THE LETTERS IN A NAME

  • Write the letters of the child’s name on the clothespins.
  • Sing the song below.
  • Tune:  London Bridges

Example name is mine (Kathy).

  • Let’s climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • Let’s climb up the coconut tree, and spell my name.
  • “K” climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • “K” climb up the coconut tree.  This is “K.”
  • “a” climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • “a” climb up the coconut tree.  This is “a.”
  • “t” climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • “t” climb up the coconut tree.  This is “t.”
  • “h” climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • “h” climb up the coconut tree.  This is “h.”
  • “y” climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • “y” climb up the coconut tree.  This is “y.”
  • Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom!
  • (Child touches letters in correct order and spells name).

If your child is learning the letters, then play find the match.  Write the letters of his/her name onto a 3 x 5 card or sentence strip. Point to each letter as you sing the song together.

LEARNING THE ABC’S

Sing the song as above with the following changes.

  • Let’s climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • Let’s climb up the coconut tree, and learn our letters.
  • “a” climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • “a” climb up the coconut tree.  This is “a.”
  • “b” climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • “b” climb up the coconut tree.  This is “b.”
  • “c” climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • “c” climb up the coconut tree.  This is “c.”
  • “d” climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • “d” climb up the coconut tree.  This is an “d.”
  • “e” climb up the coconut tree, coconut tree, coconut tree.
  • “e” climb up the coconut tree.  This is an “e.”
  • Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
  • Child names a letter and removes the corresponding clothespin.

Here are some extra tips for teaching the alphabet to young children.

  • Work with just a few letters at a time. (4-6)
  • Always include some letters that the child already knows. (Success builds success)
  • Make flash cards or use magnetic letters to help the child find the match.
  • Start with the child’s name.
  • When letters in name are mastered, choose another name (mom, dad, pet, friend, TV character).

TEACHERS

  • Use this activity as a small group lesson or as a literacy center.

Here are some links to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom books, DVD, and CD from Amazon.

(Amazon affiliate links included)

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