Head outside for this playful outdoor game for kids to go with learning letters in the popular children’s book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. A fun printable coconut alphabet brings this sidewalk chalk outdoor game to life with movement as your child goes their very own chalk coconut tree.
Here’s how to play this letter game!
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We’re kicking off this year’s Virtual Book Club for Kids with Alphabet Week! Our featured book this week is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
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Written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Illustrated by Lois Ehlert
Finding book activities is one of my favorite things to do with young children. This book is so inviting and colorful and draws in a child’s focus every time you read it. Bonus is they are learning the letters of the alphabet while they read it.
Our book activity to go with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom adds some fun with movement and letter recognition and gets your child outdoors.
Plus a printable coconut alphabet for extra playable fun indoors too.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Game with Sidewalk Chalk
- sidewalk chalk
- white paper
- Coconut Alphabet printable
- small rock
- pretend coconut or plastic container
Print the coconut letters and cut out each letters for game. Place letters into a plastic container to store and be able to sort through.
Before you head outside, ask your child to sort through the letters and place them into alphabetical order with you as you identify the letter sounds and letters one by one.
Now it’s time to head outdoors to make your very own coconut tree with sidewalk chalk. You’re going to want to make it a large coconut tree, the kids will be jumping onto it.
So grab your green for the palm frawns and brown or orange for the trunk of the palm tree. This is a super simple outline to draw.
Once your coconut tree is complete, it’s time to write the letters of the alphabet on the tree, just like in the story. You can have your child use the coconut letter cards for reference for how to write with the colorful chalk correctly.
As your child is writing the letters, talk about their letter sounds too.
To play the game have your child draw letters from the plastic basket or if you really want to it play up use a pretend Coconut Shell Cup with Lid, like this on Amazon.
Now that you have select a letter the challenge is to find it as quickly as you can on the coconut tree.
Continue to do this until your child races the clock to find all the letters on the coconut tree. When they find the letter have them jump onto it and shout out the letter name or make it more challenging and have them shout out the letter sound. Add extra fun with this adorable palm tree hat!
NEED MORE IDEAS?
For the second activity have your child jump from each letter Coconut to Coconut in alphabetical order. A fun movement activity as your child learns the order of the alphabet. When they land on the letter, have them shout out the letter sound or a word that starts with that letter.
The last idea is for beginning readers! Grab a small rock for tossing and have them toss the “coconut” rock onto a letter and have them shout what the name.
Looking for more letter activities to go with the book? You might enjoy this post that features Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Activities.
What age is the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Book good For?
This book is perfect for children learning the letters of the alphabet and letter sounds. Preschoolers and Toddlers find this book quite funny. It’s also good for learning alphabetical order and handwriting, which means even Kindergarten and First Graders will find this book enjoyable.
You can even turn it into a STEM activity with all ages as you challenge them to balance letters on a tree. Or use these natural coconut shell cups to create a sorting activity.
What is the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Song?
There is an adorable Chicka Chicka Boom Boom song that you’ll want to listen to and sign along with with your child as you explore this adorable book.
I’m going to warn you it’s a bit catchy and you’ll be singing this one all day!