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Chicka Chicka 123 Activity

Chicka Chicka 123 Activity
Lately, B has really been interested in numbers so he has been enjoying the book Chicka Chicka 123 by Lois Ehlert. By enjoying I mean we have been reading it OVER and OVER again and then we tried this Chicka Chicka 123 Activity.

Chicka Chicka 123 Activity


In this story, the 0 watches as the numbers go up the tree and wonders if there will be enough room for him. At the end he finds the perfect spot for him (at the top) and scares away the bees in the process. This book is a fun way to expose young children to number recognition and number sense. This chicka chicka 123 activity uses simple materials and is a great addition to any classroom or home.

Chicka Chicka 123 Activity


Chicka Chicka 123 Activity



One morning he got out his number magnets and he started retelling the book with the numbers. Right then I jumped into action and we made our own chicka chicka apple tree for the numbers just like in the book. We cut brown paper for the tree trunk and taped the paper onto a cookie sheet so it would be magnetic for the numbers. About halfway through I was the only one left still cutting and taping.

B used this to retell the story. Then, he put the numbers in the correct order. A little bit later I looked over and B had used his magnets to put 100 at the top of the tree. This happens at the end of the story. It was so much fun.


More Chicka Chicka 123 Activities

Mrs. Plemons Kindergarten put together an awesome sensory bin to go along with Chicka Chicka 123. It is perfect for sensory fun. They also made a chicka chicka 123 tree out of play dough which is also a great sensory play activity.

A Mommy’s Adventure uses handprints and number stickers in a fun Chicka Chicka 123 craft. This is a great activity to try after reading the book. 

Chicka Chicka 123 Counting Mats from Life Over C are a great way to practice counting and number recognition with this book. 


Fun Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activities

If you loved Chicka Chicka 123, chances are that you have already read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. We love that story too. In this story, the letters of the alphabet are trying to get to the top of the coconut tree. 


You can make your own coconut tree out of construction paper and pair it with magnetic letters instead of numbers like we did (shown above). Or try making your own palm tree out of a paper towel tube, construction paper, and stickers. We had so much fun with this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom craft



If you’re like me, you are probably looking for more activities and crafts to go with this book. That is why I put together this awesome collection of Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activities and crafts from all around the internet. 

Also, Boy Mama Teacher Mama made a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom card game that looks like fun!



Reading books and continuing to learn with them through extension activities is one of my favorite ways to make learning fun. Check out all of our favorite books with crafts and activities to go with them. 

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Nicole {tired, need sleep}

Tuesday 8th of September 2009

Super idea! And, I know the feeling when you think you've had the best idea and your little one isn't as excited about it. I agree, though, that the 100 at the top made it all worth it - how sweet! Great post!


Sunday 6th of September 2009

Too cute! I love this idea!


Friday 4th of September 2009

Oh, don't give up on it! I have a feeling this would be a big hit at our house.... Great idea!!


Friday 4th of September 2009

I love ideas like this.

The Harris Family

Friday 4th of September 2009

Cute idea. I love that you used a cookie sheet.