Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and Letters of the Alphabet Preschool Activities and Games. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault sets the tone for this month's theme with its rhythmic, rhyming, rollicking alphabet adventure in a coconut tree. The activities provided draw from the book's rich content to inspire children's natural development of letter concepts, math skills, scientific curiosity, and vocabulary through songs, movement, cooking, games, and more. This is one theme that's just too much fun to miss out on!
Letter knowledge and letter recognition are important early literacy skills to get children ready for the next step--learning how to read.
Sing the alphabet song forward and backward.
Let children sort the letters by types of lines, curves, etc., that make the letters.
Identifying the first letter in a child's name. Make an initial letter craft.
Teach the letters in context and not in isolation.
Show children two shapes that are different (star and triangle). Ask children if they are the same. Place the shapes in the circle. Hold up another star. Ask children if the star is the same as the triangle? Is it the same as the star? Place the stars next to each other.
Meaning of the word "same"
Place two hula hoops in the circle. Place the star in one hoop. Fill a lunch bag with lots of stars and some other shapes. Instruct each child to pick out a shape. Explain to children that they'll sort the shapes. If the shape is the same as the star, they'll add it to the star hoop. If the shape is different, they'll add it to the other hoop.
Visual Discrimation Games
Visual discrimination games help children to recognize differences in pictures and images and let them practice identifying the similarities and differences in pictures and symbols. This skill is needed to identify similar letters such as b / d / p / q and words such as (not, hot, rot, ect.)
Provide children with sets of letters with two or more letters that are the same. Choose two letters that are the same. Ask children if the letters are the same or different. Let children explain why they know the letters are the same. Invite children to find and match letters. Discuss that they need to look carefully at the shape of each letter to find the matching pairs.
Encourage children to write their names with magnetic letters. Ask children, "Are any letters in your name the same?"
Let children create name cards. Place all the name cards on the board. Which children have names that start with the same letters?
P for Penguin Letter P Visual Discrimination Game
Print out a name card for each child and place them on a board. Together, look at the name cards. Point out the individual letters that make up each name. Explain that each name begins with an uppercase letter that is followed by lowercase letters.
If Your Name Starts with H (Movement)
Have children stand in a circle and place their name cards on the board. Review each name card and the first letter of each name. Think of an action for each inital letter of your children's names:
H = Hippo hop
T = Tap your tummy
J = Jump, jellybean, jump
B = Bounce a ball
S = Sit silly
M = Monkey move
Hold up the letter card and call out a letter and the action, "If your name starts with B, bounce a ball." The children who have that initial letter make the action.
Pull out a letter card from a bag. The children whose names start with the letter can transition to the next activity.
Make a copy of the name cards and cut the letters to make a name puzzle. Place all name puzzle pieces for each child in an envelop with their name card attached on the front. Ask children, "How many puzzle pieces/letters do you have? Do you remember the first letter of your name?" Encourage children to put the name puzzle back together.
Laminate the name cards and let children trace their name cards and the name cards of their friends.
"Spy With My Little Eye?" Alphabet Game
Play the "I Spy" game with letters around the room. For example, say, "I spy with my little eye, the letter A." Encourage children to ask questions in order to figure out which "A" In the room you are spying. Suggest some of the following questions to get the children started:
What color is the "A?" Is the "A" at the beginning of a word? Is the "A" separate from a word? Is the "A" in the word "Apple?" Is the "A" on a bulletin board? Is the "A" by the door?" Is the "A" by the sink?
Handprint Coconut Tree
Let children cut a palm tree trunk out of brown craft paper and glue onto a sheet of paper. Add some green paint inside a paper plate. Let children press their hand into green paint and make handprints for the palm tree fronds. Let dry. When dry, cut some circles out of brown craft paper and glue to the palm tree. Add letter stickers to write the children's names climbing up or down the tree.
Children explore real coconuts. Let children taste the milk and meat of the coconuts. Let them use pipettes to transfer and measure the milk, and use magnifying glasses to look at the different parts of the coconut.
Five Brown Coconuts Felt Story Activity
In advance, create a large palm tree and five brown circle coconuts out of felt. Print out five focus letter circles and add a Velcro dot to the back of each circle. Attach to the coconuts.
Five Brown Coconuts
Adapted by Kidssoup Inc.
Five letter coconuts (Hold up five fingers.)
Are hanging on a tree
The roundest coconuts you ever did see!
The wind came past
And gave an angry frown (Make a grumpy face and cross arms.)
And letter (?) coconut came tumbling down. (Roll arms around each other.)
Invite one child to pick the matching coconut and remove it from the tree.
Repeat with four, three, two, and one.
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