I am so excited to share the second installment of our Preschool Book Series. Last week I joined a few fabulous bloggers to create literacy activities for Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons. This week we are reading Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. I love this book! It’s so happy and silly. Kids love it and there are so many fun ways to read the book with it’s jazzy style and great rhymes. The illustrations by Lois Ehlert are fantastic too. Gigi is always singing the “will there be enough room?” part. I thought it would be fun to emphasize the alphabet and movement for our activity, so I made an alphabet bean bag toss with sensory a,b,c rice bags. My girls loved the bags, but this activity is more for ages 3 and up.
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First, I made the rice bags. I cut up some ziploc bags, keeping the ziploc part attached, and filled them with a couple of handfuls of rice and added a few plastic letters as a surprise. Then I taped each side shut with duct tape, my fav for all things crafty.
After making the “bean bags” I created little cardboard letter stands. You can easily making this shape by tracing around a roll of duct tape on cardboard and then trace a triangle slightly overlapping the circle toward the bottom. Then cut it out whole. I made letters A-F to get started. If my kids were into it, I’d make the whole alphabet, but like I said, they are a little too young for this one. I cut out another triangle shape and cut slits up the bigger shape and then down the small triangle shape, making sure not to cut all the way down. Then I spray painted everything white and used Deco Paint Markers to draw on the letters. The colors are so vibrant. I love those markers. Slide the two pieces of cardboard together once everything has dried, creating a stand.
You can set up the alphabet letters like bowling pins, mark a standing point and take turns tossing the bean bags. The goal is to knock down the alphabet. This is a great way to identify letters and get moving. This is a great activity for kids who have a hard time sitting still and are looking for fun ways to learn the alphabet. We’ll definitely use the rice bags for other activities as well. They are super fun.
Click on the links below to see what other great Chicka Chicka Boom Boom ideas you can do with your child and to read about our whole Preschool Book Series click here. Have fun!
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Learning by SugarAunts
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Homemade Alphabet Soup by Homegrown Friends
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sensory Bin by Mama.Papa.Bubba.
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Learning by Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails
Make a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Set By Buggy and Buddy
Great idea! We don’t have any bean bags, but your look so easy to make! Love the little letter cardboard cutouts too!
Thank you Samantha! The “bean bags” are so super simple. Go for it!
This is such a lovely idea, Meri! I love that you took a book and created something that encourages movement. I hope you’re tucking it away very safely for when your littles are a tiny bit bigger. 🙂
Thank you Jen! Yes, I definitely have to save this!!
I am madly in love with this!! My son is all about letters right now and also all about constant movement- this would be perfect!!
So fun! I never thought to make bags like that and I love that your added little bits to them! Great project!
Thank you Meredith! The bean bags are so cool right? I’m excited to do more with them. Super simple. Thanks for reading along!
I love this! What a great idea!!! I never though of making bean bags like that, it’s pure genius! 🙂
Thanks Lisette!! The trick is thick ziploc bags or else they rip. Glad you like them : ) Thanks for reading along!