I have started to try to teach Monkey his letters and Chicka Chicka Boom Boom is a great book to help do just that. Written by Bill Martin Jr & John Archambault and illustrated by Lois Ehlert the story is all about the letters of the alphabet racing one another up the coconut tree. A rhyming story which allows the child to call out the letters as you go. Monkey loves the book because its bright, colourful and punchy.

I wanted to bring the story alive a bit more and decided to try and replicate the coconut tree and the letters. I had seen an official softie version of them on Amazon but it was quite expensive. So I raided my craft cupboard and along with buying some small wooden letters and created something similar for under £10.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

First wrap the kitchen roll tube in brown felt, I used double sided tape to secure it but any sort of glue would do. I coloured the wooden letters in with sharpies trying to match as closely as possible the colour of the letter to the colour of the one in the book.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

I then cut two different size leaf shapes in green felt. I tried to replicate palm leaves! Again using double sided tape to attach the top of the leaves to the tube.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

It really is as simple as that! As we read through the book Monkey will pretend to walk the letters up the trunk (tube) and into the top as if they are sitting in the coconut tree. We also match the letters to the pictures in the book.

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

Although the book covers the whole of the lowercase alphabet it only has a few upper case letters, however for Monkey’s set I made both lower and uppercase letters, so that we can get more use out of it as his knowledge progresses.

What do you use to bring stories alive for your little ones?



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  1. Katie (Growing Up KaterTot) Reply

    Love this idea! This is not only simple to make, but you can also take this (and the book) along with you anywhere you go for something to keep your child entertained! Xx 🙂

  2. Angela Milnes Reply

    A brilliant activity and so so simple! Thanks for sharing! Angela xx

  3. Definitely going to get this book as I’m trying to get Little Miss interested in learning all the letters – at the moment she is only really keen on her first name initial! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Becky, Cuddle Fairy Reply

    Wow, you really made the story come to life! Your tree looks just like the book. You come up with such creative ideas. #KidsCorner

  5. Katy (What Katy Said) Reply

    You are so clever, you put me to shame! Thanks for sharing in #KidsCorner x

  6. Ah you have inspired me to start thinking more about the books we are reading and come up with some activities thankyou another great idea. Thankyou for sharing on #kidscorner

  7. Wow I am so in awe of your craft skills this is fabulous – I’m not sure I could do it, but it is such a wonderful idea – thanks for linking up to #kltr

    PS – loving the new design!!

  8. Angela Milnes Reply

    Back again. This is one of my favourite blog posts of all time! Thanks for sharing! I love the name of the book too! Great new header/template and a lovely new look overall! – Angela

  9. This is fantastic. What a talented lady you are. The book looks fantastic for teaching little ones letters and also colours as well! Will definitely be adding this to Rowan’s list of books to get.

    Laura #KLTR

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