Bill Martin Jr. is the author of so many fabulous books for kids. I am in love with his witty rhyming method of teaching basic skills and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is one of his best. It is about the letters of the alphabet. I created this fun little activity to simply get young children familiar with how letter work together in the alphabet. By creating trees with the letters and one word spelled out (their own name), they can simply play with the blocks that build our written language.
To make the trees, cut a piece of brown paper in half and staple it together to make a trunk. For the leaves, cut them out from full sheets of paper then remove triangles to create the shapes.
Staple the leaves to the tree (or glue) and add a couple of “coconuts” if desired.
Offer kids a large pile of letters to play with.
I cut these all out with the Lemonade alphabet that I designed for Ellison Education.
Have them spell their own name somewhere on the tree then add lots of other letters in fun colors. Once the trees are displayed, add their names on a separate sheet of paper so the class can find each other’s names in the trees.
The more letters to have for the kids to work with, the more successful this activity will be.
An alternate activity would be to allow kids to make name leaves and them create a class tree. Or maybe even just let them make name leaves galore of the words they know.
Do you want to win a die of the Capital Letters Lemonade Alphabet? To enter, leave a comment and a winner will be picked at random on March 15th.
Cheers to Learning!