My toddler’s current favorite book is Chicka Chicka Boom Boom. At 15 months old she does not yet distinguish between letters, but she LOVES to point to each letter as we read and listen to me name them.
We also have been loving sticky wall activities lately. While brainstorming our next sticky wall scene to create, I decided to make a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom tree and have her add the letters as we read!
How to Make a Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Sticky Wall
- contact paper
- washi tape or painters tape
- foam letters or wooden letters (or any letters that will stick to contact paper without ripping when pulled off)
- brown and green tissue paper or butcher paper for the tree
- brown construction paper for the coconuts
- Chicka Chicka Boom Boom book (we like the board book version!)
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom Alphabet Awareness Sticky Wall
- Tape your contact paper to the wall sticky side out. It’s easiest to peel back the corners and tape those first, then peel off rest of the backing.
- Create your tree trunk using recycled paper bags or brown tissue paper, whatever you have handy!
- Add the leaves using green construction or tissue paper.
- Create coconuts using brown construction paper. Add them to the tree.
- Read the book and have your toddler add the letters to the wall as you go!
Sticky wall activities are great for toddlers because they are so easy to create on the fly using items around the house.
For the Chicka Chicka Boom Boom sticky wall, I created the tree trunk using brown packing paper recycled from a recent delivery. I always save the tissue paper when we receive gift bags, so I found some green to use to create the palm branches.
As I read the story, my daughter pointed to the letters on each page like she always does. As we went through the book I stopped on each page to hand her the letters we pointed to and help her stick them to the wall. I used our foam bath letters for this.
This activity was a hit! It was the first time we made a sticky wall to go with a book, and I will definitely be doing more of these in the future.
You could also do this activity in a classroom as an interactive read aloud. Hand each child a letter and let them take turns sticking their letters to the wall as you read!
Since our foam letters are capital and the letters in the book illustrations are lowercase, I plan to order these lowercase letters to use for next time. You could also easily print out the letters and laminate them to prevent tearing.
Have you ever created a Sticky Wall Activity to go with a favorite book? If so leave it in the comments below – I am always looking for new sticky walls to try!
If you try this Chicka Chicka Boom Boom sticky wall, we would love it if you shared it on Instagram with the hashtag #happytoddlerclub! Don’t forget to tag us @happytoddlerclub – we love to see your creations!