Chicka Chicka Boom Boom (by Bill Martin Jr.) was very popular at our house when my oldest son was first learning the letters of the alphabet. It is such a fun book that children love! When I was teaching, I would read it with my kindergarten classes at the beginning of the school year, and they were really into the story.
Over the last few weeks, my two year old has become very interested in the letters of the alphabet. He is able to sing most of the ABC song, and loves looking at letters wherever he may find them. With that in mind, I thought it would be the perfect time to share some ideas for using the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom at home.
If you have never read the book, you should check out this animated version on youtube. Once you’ve heard it, you’ll be able to pick out the rhythms of the story, as well as the recurring patterns. The story is a fun way for children to practice letter recognition. It also provides opportunities for steady beat practice, which I love.
One of my favorite ways to practice music making with young children is with bean bags. A couple years ago, I purchased this set of alphabet bean bags for my kindergarten music classes, and they have since been a favorite with my boys at home. One side of the bean bag has the capital letter and the other has the lower case letter. We use the letters for lots of activities, but they are perfect for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.
You can make a tree on the floor out of a giant piece of paper, or even use a hula hoop. During the first reading of the story, have children listen for the letters climbing up the tree, and then they can place those letters inside the tree. Then, as the letters come out of the tree, have children find those letters. After all of the letters are out of the tree, see if your children can put them back in order. One easy way to do that is to sing the ABC song at the end of the book. Simply have them bring each letter at a time and place them in the bag until you have collected all of the letters.
Once your children are familiar with the story, you can add music to the story.
Ways to add music to Chicka Chicka Boom Boom
- have your children pat their legs to the beat while you read the story
- create a tune or play the rhythm for the repeating line “chicka chicka boom boom, will there be enough room?”
- learn the song/rhyme Boom Chicka Boom (see video below)
- sing the song as you read the book (check out the video below for a tune, listen to the cd, or make up your own tune!)
If you have any ideas you’d like to add for the story, I’d love to hear them!