Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was a book I missed out on when I was teaching Trinity (18), Andres (8), Eden (7) and Leah (11) to read. Fortunately, I’ve caught this unfortunate oversight in time for my Littles – Noah (6 with Down syndrome), Bella (4) and Seth (2).
Actually, I didn’t realize what a treasure it was until I happened across the video version of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom put out by Scholastic. I watched it once and knew the book would be a forever classic in our home. Funny how every now and then it’s the movie that makes the book versus the other way around.
If you’re not familiar with the story, it’s about the letters of the alphabet as they make their way up the coconut tree, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, will there be enough room?”
You’ll have to check it out yourself to find out.
So we’re doing a week of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, complete with alphabet activities, palm trees and coconuts. We used construction paper, foam letters and glue for this. It’s difficult to tell, but we fringed the leaves – great practice for Little Miss Scissor-Hands (Bella – 4) and Noah (6 with Down syndrome) too. I just drew short lines on the edges of the leaves for the kids to cut. A fun craft project with minimum mess and lots of opportunities to practice fine motor skills and alphabet recognition – who could ask for more?
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