Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of the most fun children’s books to read aloud!
Written by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, and illustrated by Lois Ehlert, the story is told of alphabet letters who mischievously climb a coconut tree and tumble down. The rhythmic way it is written makes it fun to read with the kids, bouncing them on your knees all the while.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Lunch
We created this lunch using leftovers a combination of leftovers from this yummy meal made the night before and fresh ingredients. Spoon rice (or an alternative listed below) onto the bottom portion of your plate as a ground. Next, use fresh pineapple chunks to build a palm tree. Slice an avocado and place sections above for the palm branches. Slice a meatball in half and lay onto the plate to look like coconuts. (Note: I microwaved the portion of the leftovers I was going to use before assembling this lunch).
Finally, using string cheese, add the letters of the alphabet heading towards the “coconut tree”. You’re done!
Ground: oatmeal, hummus, cheerios, black beans, (or any other beans), turkey, or basically anything brown or black!
Tree trunk: banana, mango, peaches
Palm leaves: sugar snap peas, kiwi, green grapes, green apple slices
Coconuts: cereal, crackers (like Ritz), red or dark grapes, even sliced baby carrot wheels or banana wheels
Letters: pipe yogurt onto plate to make letters, Alphabet cereal
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Learning Activities
1) Act out the story using alphabet cards (use store-bought or make your own on index cards).
2) Dance to the story, make up moves to go along with different phrases in the book.
3) Put in order the alphabet letters: spread alphabet cards all over the floor (like the pile of letters in the story), and have your child put them back in order by lining them up on the floor. (Make your own alphabet cards if you don’t have your own).
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