Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity Gets Kids Excited About Letters!

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Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter ActivityChicka Chicka Boom Boom! Kids are going to love this fun, tactile Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of my favorite books to get kids excited about learning their letters!

As a preschool teacher and a parent, I’ve read this book so many times I can almost recite it…

“A told B, and B told C, ‘I’ll meet you at the top of the coconut tree! ‘Wee’ said D to E, F, G ‘I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree!”

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Activity – Lesson Plan

This week at Mom’s Day Out we read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and did a super fun letter painting activity with homemade puffy paint! So fun!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Book

We started off with a fun read through the book. After we read the book, I turn back to the first page of the book–before the book actually begins. Conveniently printed across those pages is the entire alphabet.

I slowly point to and name each letter. The kids raise their hand when I point to a letter that is in their name. The kids not only take pride in seeing letters that are in their name, but it helps me know several things. 1) Does the child know the letters of the alphabet? 2) Can the child spell their name? 3) Do they recognize the individual letters in their name when the letters are outside of the context of their name?

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity

The letter painting activity gave the kids a fun and unique medium with which to both strengthen their fine motor skills and to familiarize themselves a bit more with their letters.

At preschool age, some kids find learning their letters and sounds very difficult. My older two boys learned their alphabet very quickly. In fact, they both knew their letters and sounds by the time they were 2 and a half. My youngest son, however, is a very kinesthetic kid and has a completely different learning tempo and style.

For kids like my youngest, contextual clues or tactile clues like in this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity are extremely helpful. After reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, children paint the first letter of their first name (which many children as young as three can already identify) with homemade puffy paint.

Once the paint is dry, kids love to go back and feel the texture of their name letter that they’ve created.Homemade Puffy Paint Letter Activity

Preschool letter activities and crafts like this one help children, who may be struggling, learn and retain their letters. They give kids a tactile learning experience, provide context to the letter they are learning (the letter that begins their name). And the fun medium of puffy paint gets the kids excited about the letter they’ve created.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity Supplies

  • Large kids paint brushes
  • Shaving cream (not shave gel)
  • School glue
  • Food coloring
  • Printable letter papers

Printable Letters (click to print)

A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, J, K, L, M, N, O, P, Q, R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y, Z

A to Z Free Alphabet Letter Printables

Puffy Paint Letter Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Activity

Super Easy Shaving Cream Puffy Paint Recipe!

This recipe is so great because it only takes just a minute to whip up!

  1. Add equal parts of glue and shaving cream. This part just takes a little bit of guess work because, obviously, the glue is much denser than the shaving cream. If the mixture doesn’t seem “puffy” enough add just a touch more shaving cream until it reaches desired fluffy-ness. (I used about 1/3 cup glue to share between two kids for this activity)
  2. Add 3-5 drops food coloring of your color choice.
  3. If you have several kids doing this activity, make a few bowls, each a different color puffy paint for the kids to choose from.
  4. Let dry. The puffy paint will take a couple hours to dry–it is generally dry to the touch in about an hour. I usually speed up the process a bit by laying the finished Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity papers outside to dry.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity

I hope you little ones absolutely love this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity! My little Mom’s Day Out kiddos sure love it!


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity Gets Kids Excited About Letters!
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