Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is an all time favorite book in schools and preschool is no exception! Find preschool lesson plans and activities for this theme for your preschool classroom!
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Chicka Chicka Tree
Materials Needed: brown and green paper, scissors, letter stickers or small foam letters, glue
Just let the children cut the different shades of brown paper into pieces and glue onto larger paper to make a tree trunk.
Let them do the same with different shades of green for the leaves of the tree.
Help the children find the letters for their name and glue them on the tree (provide a name card with each of the students' name printed so they can try and find the letters themselves!).
VARIATION: Pre-cut the paper into the shape you are working on with your preschoolers. They can make their tree out of circle shaped brown and circle shaped green.
You might also want to let your children who are able cut them into shapes.
Foot Fronds and Arm Trunks!
Foot prints make GREAT Chicka Tree fronds!
First, help your students paint finger
paint brown paint onto their forearm. They press their arm on a large paper.
Wash off with baby wipes.
Now, press their foot into green paint and make a few tree fronds on their trunks.
Wash off with baby wipes.
Now, give the children alphabet sponges to press different colored letters onto their trees!
Needed: paper towel tubes, brown paint, green paper, scissors, glue (tacky glue works best) and alphabet macaroni (if you don't wish to use food, use small foam letters or stickers).
The children paint the tube brown.
While the tubes dry, the children cut out their own leaf shapes. Encourage them to do this. Please don't let them think they MUST look like the leaves in the book or the leaves you have made! Let them practice using scissors and being creative to make their own tree fronds!
Help them to staple their leaves onto the top of their tubes.
Now they glue macaroni letters onto their trees (or stick letters onto their trees).
Encourage them to find the letters that make their name and glue them on in the order of their name.
They can then add random letters on the rest of the trunk.
In advance, cut out a HUGE coconut tree!
Provide stamps or paint and brushes and encourage the children to stamp or paint letters on the tree
Move the Letters!
Provide wooden alphabet letters and toy trucks to your Block Area this week! Include dump trucks, back hoes, etc.
Letter Parking Spaces
Provide squares of paper, chalk and 26 or more if you have them--toy cars.
Tape a letter on top of each car.
The children print the letter on a square of paper with chalk.
They park the cars on the correct letters.
Circle Time is such a great time for children to learn the social skills of being together as a large group AND to learn more about your theme!
I just LOVE this story! Don't rush through it! You'll most likely be reading it a lot this week!
Start out by just showing the children the cover.
Read the title.
Each day, ask a different question about the story:
What do they think the story is about?
What do they know about trees?
Have they ever climbed a tree?
You could print their responses on chart papers
What is in a Coconut?
DO NOT BRING COCONUTS INTO YOUR CLASSROOM IF YOU HAVE TREE NUT ALLERGIES IN YOUR CLASSROOM!
Materials needed: Chart paper, marker, coconuts, awl, hammer
Pass around the coconuts and ask the children if they know what they are.
Have them describe them, take guesses about what is inside them, etc.
Write down all of their observations on a large piece of paper labeled: COCONUTS!
Then, open one!
Smell it, try eating/drinking.
Place the opened coconuts in your science area!
Make (or purchase) a tree, letters and coconuts.
Give each child a letter to hold while you read the story.
They come up and place it on the tree as you as the letters!
3D Flannel Board/Box
I saw this on Pinterest and LOVED it! This would be a great addition to your library area as well as a 3D way to read the story at Circle Time!
In advance, make a chart that has each child's name printed clearly in the left hand column.
Make additional columns and label each one with a number.
The goal is to chart how many letters are in each child's name, so you will need that many columns!
One at a time, have each child come up, find their name and then count the letters in their name.
They then color in the box NEXT TO their name but UNDER the number.
Here is a picture I found on Pinterest that is something like this:
Cooking with children helps develop their math skills and helps them to learn how to follow directions. It also allows for some great conversation!
Ask many questions while cooking with your children to encourage conversation! Be sure to ask specific themed questions while making these fun snacks!
Coconut Free Coconut Tree!
Needed: Cheezit crackers--the ones with the letters on them; graham crackers (broken in half, for the trunks), slices apples for the leaves and raisins for the coconuts!
Needed to make trees:
Large pretzel rods for the trunk
Sliced granny smith apples for the leaves
Alphabet cookies for the letters.
Grapes (cut in half) for the coconuts
Cheese or Bread (or BOTH) Letters
Needed: slices of cheese and/or bread; alphabet cookie cutters
The children cut their cheese or bread with a letter cookie cutter!
Provide a table for children to make and decorate paper letters.
They can then "sell" their letters in the Letter Store.
Provide a cash register, shopping carts, bags, etc.
Set up a table and chairs.
The children take orders for food. Everything must have a letter in the name!
I want T to drink! Or I want S soup!
The server prints their order on paper (provide clipboard! Kids LOVE them!) by listing the letter on the order form.
As they are "cooking" the food, have letter place mats (just print letters in pen all over place mat sized papers) and have the "customers" find letters, circle them, draw more letters, etc. on the place mats while waiting for their orders!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Tree Thanks, Patty, for this idea!
I asked Lowe's for a carpet tube to make a tree. We used it for a rainforest, palm tree for Hawaii and now are using it as our Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree. I purchased a lime gree umbrella at Five Below. The handle of the umbrella fit perfectly into the tube. Then I cut and taped tissue paper fonds onto the umbrella. It is perfect for the kids to sit under and also comes apart easily to store.
More Than Just Painting (Although that is always THE favorite in our classroom!)
Letters for Our Tree
In advance, make a large tree trunk out of paper and place on your wall (or have the children help you make one!)
Trace the first letter of each child's name onto easel paper.
Allow them to paint or use do-a-dots to decorate.
When dry, they place the letter on the tree.
Be sure to have them print their first name on the letter as best they can. Practice is great!
that help build their muscles while they have fun together
In advance, hide large foam letters around your room (or outside). Or, if you have a foam letter puzzle, hide those letters!
Have the children each find 1 letter (or 2 if you have fewer children). Encourage each child to name the letter and help them think of words that begin with that letter sound!
They bring them back to a spot in the room and put the puzzle together as a team!
Provide large letters (foam ones from puzzles work great) and boxes or bins.
Place all the letters on the floor in front of the children playing.
The reach down, pick up a letter and name it.
They then toss it into a bin.
Needed: Metal coffee can and lid, magnetic letters
Cover any sharp edges of the can with tape.
Cover the outside of the can with brown paper to look like the trunk of a tree!
Place the magnetic letters inside the can.
Place this can in the library area with a copy of the book of course!
3-D Flannel Board
See the suggestion above in the Circle Time area for a picture of this! It would be a great addition to your library!
Read Under the Tree
Alexandra F. says she will add an inflatable coconut tree pool for the children to read in! I love it! Thanks for sharing Alexandra!
Book and other Suggestions for the Library
In advance, make color copies of Chicka Trees that are about 3" X 3".
Print a number on each card and laminate.
Now, on blank 3" X 3" cards, draw coconuts on each card to correspond with the numbers you printed. Laminate.
The children match the numbered trees with the corresponding coconut cards by counting the coconuts.
EXTENSION: You can make this a self correcting activity by printing the number on the back of each coconut card.
In advance, print or draw Chicka Tree shapes. Color the leaves different colors. Make 2 of each color. Laminate.
The children can use these to match the colors.
They can also be used as a memory type game by flipping them all face down. The child flips over two. If they match, they put them aside. If they don't, they flip them back over and flip two more over.
Needed: metal cookie sheet(s), clear flat stones (from craft store), white poster board, hot glue, tacky glue, magnets (craft store).
Trace the stones on the poster board. Cut out circle shapes from the poster board. You will need one for each letter for each set you want to make!
Print a letter on each circle.
Hot glue the letter circles onto the bottom of the clear stones (so you can see the letter through the stones).
When dry, use tacky glue to glue circle magnets onto the back of the poster board.
Draw and attached a Chicka Tree to a cookie sheet.
The children retell the story using the letters!
Chicka Chicka Clap Bump!
Once the children are familiar with this story, try a movement version of telling it!
The children stand up and next to a partner or two.
Every time you say Chicka Chicka, you will pause and they will clap twice. Eventually, encourage them to clap WHILE you say it.
Every time you say Boom Boom, they will bump hips with a partner!
You will need a clear water bottle and some rice or beans for each child.
The partially fill (about 1/4 full) with their choice of items.
Hot glue the caps on.
Let them glue their name in foam letters on the outside.
Use these as music makers for dancing.
There is a Stevie Wonder version of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom that includes a song that I highly recommend!
Put leaves or plastic grass in your table. Add plastic or foam letters and tweezers as well as bowls.
The children try and find the letters in their name or random letters and try to identify each letter and place them in bowls.
We had plastic bowls that looked like coconuts (I think we got them for a previous luau theme!).
Provide sand at your table. Add plastic trees, shoves and plastic or foam letters (hide them in the sand).
Materials needed: clear, plastic water bottles, plastic grass, foam or plastic letters
Make several bottles or let children make their own, choosing and naming the letters they place in the bottle!
Add some plastic grass on the top of the opening of the bottle and hot glue the caps on (leaving some of the grass hanging out of the bottles!).
VARIATION: Use these as music shakers as well as "find the letter" discovery bottles!
Another Discovery Bottle Idea
This one takes more prep time on your part but they are so adorable and the kids love them!
You will find a picture of this on my Pinterest Page (see the link for Pinterest at the bottom of this page).
Materials needed: clear, plastic water bottles, skewer sticks (wooden), foam monkeys, foam or plastic letters, colored foil or more sturdy colorful material cut into leave shapes.
Hot glue the stick into the cap. Hot glue the monkey onto the stick. Hot glue the leaves to the top of the stick.
Add letters into bottle. Hot glue caps in place!
These can also be purchased for $1.00 (USD) per shaker bottle by a woman, Sally Gilbert. I've never purchased them but heard they are great!
********* Do NOT do this activity if you have any tree nut allergies in your classroom*******
Place coconuts in your science center for your children to explore.
Include magnifying glasses, tape measures, balance scales and journals for your children to use as well.
Provide letter stamps, stamp pads, paper and crayons.
Encourage your children to draw a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree and then stamp letters on it. Encourage them to also stamp the letters of their name on the paper!
Letter Tree Trunks
You will need: paper towel tubes, alphabet stickers, a marker
Collect paper towel tubes. You will need at least one for each child.
In advance, print the alphabet randomly on the tube.
Print some in upper case and some in lower case.
I would make specific tubes upper case and others all lower case.
Mixing them up may be too frustrating for many preschoolers and they will not complete this activity. 26 letters is a lot!
Give each child a sheet of letter stickers that have only one sticker of each letter.
They then stick the sticker onto the matching letter on the tube!
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