Saturday, September 1, 2012

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Tree - Toddler Art Project

Alphabet Tree

Age: 18 Months - 5 Years (younger ones need more supervision)

Time: 10 - 15 min (+ Prep)

Theme: Alphabet

Books: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr. & John Archambault,  Alphabet City by Stephen Johnson, or just pick your favorite ABC book
Green Construction Paper
Toilet Paper Tube(s)
Glue Sticks
Pre-printed Letters
Adults get to use Scissors and Computer/Printer

Prep: Cut out Tree leaves out of construction paper. Mine were cut freehand out of 1/6 sheets. (Fold the sheet into 1/3 then cutting along the fold lines to make 3” x 12” strips, then folded these in half to make 3” x 6”. Fold in half again and cut out leaves). To make letters, type out the alphabet (bold, 36pt), copy & paste until the sheet is full, then print & cut out. For the tree trunk, cut 4 slits about ½” deep into the top of the TP tube.                                                           

Activity: Each child gets 2 pre-cut leaves, an assortment of letters, a glue stick and a TP tube. Glue letters onto the leaves – and the trunk if you want too. Slide each leaf into two of the slits. Play with your tree!

Notes/Tips: Encourage older kids to put letters in order or spell out their name or other words with them. If you are up for the mess, paint the TP rolls first then while they are drying glue the letters to the leaves.
I first saw a version of this project here:


  1. So cute! I love this story and this would be such a fun activity to do with it.

    1. It is one of our favorite books! I hope that you have fun with it!

  2. We have this book too. Thank you for coming up with a great activity to enjoy with the book.

    : 0 ) Theresa (Capri + 3, Artsy Play Wednesday)

    1. The kids at the library love hearing it - every time it says "chicka-chicka" they shout back "Boom Boom!" I hope that you have as much fun!

  3. OH, how fun!! A great activity to go with the story. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!

    1. Thank you so much for featuring this project! I am honored!