Friday, June 28, 2013

Book Review and Activity: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

This book is a classic! Its a fun book to teach children about the alphabet but it also is full of rhyming and repetition. The entire alphabet climbs up the coconut tree in this book but "Chicka chicka boom boom! Will there be enough room?" Once all the letters make it to the top the tree is too full and Chicka chicka boom boom! they all come crashing down. 

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After reading this book make some tambourines with your child. You'll need some durable paper plates, a stapler, crayons or markers and some dried beans. Have your child color each side of the plate using pictures from the book. Add some beans between the two plates and staple them together. Then try reading the book again but have your child shake the tambourine whenever you read the words chicka chicka boom boom! 

Your child may want to shake their noisy tambourine throughout the entire book so before you begin reading start my giving them a sign that means "keep your tambourine quiet". Something like touching your nose or putting your hands behind your back. This is something you can use while reading the story. This will teach them to pay attention, listen and be patient. 

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