Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Small World with Free ABC Printable

This simple Chicka Chicka Boom Boom play set is a fun hands-on way to explore the alphabet and retell this popular children’s book! I’ve also included directions for kids to make their own mini play set, complete with free printable letters.

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Homemade Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity for Kids~ Buggy and Buddy


This post was originally published on May 6, 2014 and has been updated.

I’m so excited to be teaming up again this week with some wonderful kid bloggers to bring you the newest post in the Preschool Book Club Series! This week’s book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! (If you missed last week’s post, be sure to check out our subtraction math game to go with the book, Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons!)

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Homemade Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activity for Kids


Make Your Own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Set

Back when I was a classroom teacher, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom was always a class favorite! The kids loved reading it over and over.

The repetition and rhyme of the text encourages the children to say the story right along with you, and it’s a great story to use when practicing letter recognition.


book image


Lucy has always loved this story, and Theo is just now becoming a fan at two years old. To build off their excitement for the book, I created a super simple play set to go along with it. It’s so easy to make and inspires all kinds of creative play, while also incorporating hands-on learning with letters of the alphabet.

Later on in the post, you’ll find directions for kids or students to make their own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom mini play set using toilet paper rolls (complete with a free printable)!

Materials for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Set


Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Set


Directions for Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Set

1. To start you’ll need an empty paper towel roll and a paper bowl.




Paint the paper towel roll brown for the trunk and paint the paper bowl green for the top of the tree.


paint the materials


2. Once the paint has dried, it’s time to glue them together. Make a few snips around the top of the paper towel roll and fold the resulting tabs down.


snip tabs in paper towel roll


Place glue on the tabs and glue the paper towel roll to the bottom of the paper bowl.  Set it aside to dry.


glue onto bowl


3. Cut out various leaf shapes from your green construction paper using scissors.


cut out paper leaves


4. Glue them around the outside of the paper bowl. Set it aside to dry.

Once it’s dry you’re ready to play!

You’ll need letters to use with this play set. I painted some wooden letters (similar to these) from my local craft store. You could also use any plastic, magnetic, or felt letters you already have at home.  (If you’re able to find lowercase letters to use with the set, that would be best so it goes more closely with the story. I was unable to find lowercase letters, so we used uppercase letters.)


Theo loved reenacting the story using the letters. He’d make them go up the tree using his hand and reciting parts of the story.


playing with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity


Once there were quite a few in the bowl at the top, he’d knock the tree over yelling, “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!”


playing with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity


He’d pick each letter up one by one giving it a kiss as he placed it back on the table.


playing with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity


He had so much fun!


playing with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity


Later I added homemade playdough to the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom play set. It was fun to see how they incorporated the playdough into their creative play.


homemade playdough


Lucy found she could use the playdough to hold up the wooden letters. Such a fun way to practice spelling words!

They used the playdough to make piles of letters. Lucy loved hiding them inside the playdough and having Theo find them. He’d yell out the letters he found!


playing with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity

Making the Mini Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Set

The mini play set would be perfect for students to make in class and take home to enjoy!


mini chicka chicka boom boom play set

Materials for Mini Play Set

Free Printable Alphabet (to use with Chicka Chicka Boom Boom activity)


1. Paint the toilet paper roll brown and the small paper cup green.


paint materials


2. Once the paint has dried, it’s time to glue the cup and toilet paper roll together. The paper cup actually fits nice and snug inside the toilet paper roll. I just added a bit of glue around the bottom edge of the cup before placing it inside the toilet paper roll to be sure it would stay secure.


glue together


3. Cut out paper leaves from your construction paper and glue them around the cup.


glue on leaves


Now you have your tree! Print out the free printable alphabet and cut out the letters to complete your mini play set.

You can use the mini play set to reenact the story or to practice letter sounds. Lucy loved holding up one letter at a time for Theo. Once he said the sound correctly, she’d place it in the tree. Theo loved putting all the letters in the tree and making them fall out just like in the story!


playing with the mini chicka chicka boom boom play set

 Mini Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Play Set for Kids

More Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activities

We’ll be back next Tuesday with our next contribution to the Preschool Book Club series. In the meantime, be sure to check out all the creative Chicka Chicka Boom Boom  activities from the other participating blogs!

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Activities from the Preschool Book Club

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Learning Activity from Sugar Aunts

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Letter Learning Activity for Kids from Frogs and Snails and Puppy Dog Tails

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Homemade Alphabet Soup from Homegrown Friends

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sensory Bin from Mama Papa Bubba

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Bean Bag Toss from Meri Cherry


Be sure to check out Buggy and Buddy on Teachers Pay Teachers!


Make your own Chicka Chicka Boom Boom play set and small world! Great hands-on way to practice the alphabet and perfect for retelling the story! (The ABC letters actually fall out of the tree just like in the book!) ~


  1. Just love how you made these trees! I might have to make the boys some this summer to keep them busy. Thanks for sharing:)

  2. This is so clever! What a fun extension on the book! Pinned and stumbled!

  3. oh I love this! This is the kind of action my son could get into!

  4. Such a great idea and I love the little mini versions for the kids to make! Pinning this right now!

  5. Oh my word… How cute is this?! LOVE the fact that’s there’s a bowl hiding up there ready to catch the letters. 🙂

  6. My two year old son loves Chicka Chicka Boom Boom! I can’t wait to do this craft with him. He’s going to have so much fun knocking over the tree. The play doh at the base of the tree is a really creative extension. Thank you!

  7. Oh, are you kidding me with the kisses? Beyond cute! Love the simplicity of everyday items to make this set. Love it!

  8. This is awesome! I love this activity and the fun that they are having 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  9. My teen loved this book as a little one, and it helped so much with fun learning of ABC’s. Nice post!

  10. I love this activity! I’ve seen others for the book, but this is by far my favorite! Pinning and sharing for you today 🙂

  11. stephanie says:

    Looks like so much fun!! Thanks for sharing at After School!

  12. Your play set turned out great! It looks like it was well received also!
    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

  13. I just have to say, I LOVE THIS IDEA! Thank you for sharing.


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