This book simply needs no introduction. Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom written by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault has been well-loved by children and parents over the years. Naturally, Hannah fell in love with the book too.
Chicka, Chicka, ABC is a simplified version for toddlers (published in 1990). Its chunky, colourful illustrations and rhyming words attracted my little one. Hannah was saying “chicka, chicka” almost every day! My dear girl also learned to say the words, “coconut tree”. But with a little twist – “coconut” *pause 2 seconds* “tree”.
Since, Hannah was all hooked up with coconut trees, I decided to create my little trees in felt while she was having her nap. With Hannah’s magnetic alphabet, I re-told the story in felt. Hannah adored the coconut trees. She waved and said “hello” to them.
At the back of the Chicka, Chicka, ABC book, Hannah noticed a set of maracas and wanted to have one too. Rather, than using the ones we already had, I wanted to do something spontaneous. I wanted to demonstrate that with creativity and imagination, everything is possible (and that you don’t need to spend a lot of resources to create something).
So I took out an empty cylindrical biscuit tin and plonked the magnetic alphabet in. Voilà! A maraca was created! Hannah had fun grooving to the sounds of Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom!
I stumbled upon this wonderful page of Chicka, Chicka, Boom, Boom activities which you might enjoy too 🙂