Wednesday, April 7, 2010

A little Monkey Business

My son LOVES his Paul Frank monkey pjs and I have a matching t-shirt in pink. We decided to make a monkey mask today to go with his pjs.

Materials Needed: crayons and markers (orange/peach/yellow colored), red, white, and blue cardstock, black Sharpie, scissors, tape, two tongue depressors, and glue.

1. Draw an outline of a monkey face on a piece of white cardstock. Ours was Paul Frank inspired... but you could also print out a normal monkey face coloring page and trace it.

2. Draw over the final lines with a black Sharpie.

3. Cut out the face of the monkey and turn it over.

4. Let your little one start coloring all over the monkey face with crayons and markers.

5. Once your child is done coloring, draw an outline for the ears and head with the black Sharpie and color it in to look like a monkey head.

6. Add two holes for the nose.

7. Draw a mouth and sunglasses on cardstock and cut them out.

8. Have your child add glue to the back of the sunglasses and mouth.

9. Have them press down on the mouth and glasses to make sure the glue sticks.

10. Tape the two tongue depressors on each side of the back of the face.

11. Act like a monkey!

Language Building Activities:

- We read our favorite monkey book after this activity- 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow.

- We also watched this cute little five little monkeys fingerplay by Cullen's ABCs and sang along.

- We talked about the numbers 1-5 and practiced counting all the monkeys in the book.

- We jumped on the bed with our monkey mask on and tried to re-enact the story. I love re-enacting stories because it helps build comprehension in a simple and fun way.

What other monkey themed activities do you like to do?

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