Fun monkey activities for rainy days

April 16, 2009 at 3:16 am | Posted in education | Leave a comment
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Does a springtime rainy day make your kids feel like they are caged up? Do you feel like you are living at the zoo? Give them something fun to do. Encourage your children to act like monkeys and learn at the same time. Here are some ideas to have a fun day and pretend to be at the zoo in the monkey cage.

Go bananas with this rhyme:

  • First we pick, bananas
  • Pick, pick, bananas
  • Pick, bananas

Pick, pick, bananas [picking invisible bananas off trees]

  • Then we peel, bananas
  • Peel, peel, bananas
  • Peel, bananas

Peel, peel, bananas [hold up one finger and “peel” it with the other hand]

  • Then we eat! Bananas!
  • Eat, eat! Bananas!
  • Eat! Bananas!

Eat, eat! Bananas! [tossing invisible bananas into mouth]

  • Then we GO! BANANAS!
  • GO, GO! BANANAS!
  • GO! BANANAS!

GO, GO! BANANAS! [self-explanatory…]                                                                                                                                           From http://parentsblog.scholastic.com/librarian_mom/2008/10/rhyme-time-goin.html

Monkey snack:

  • Bananas
  • Lace round cereal (fruit loops) onto a string to make a monkey tail.

Craft and Activities:

Children can make a monkey mask from a paper plate or cardstock. Let them use their imagination! Let them cut, paste, draw, color, or paint. The possibilities abound. Designing their own project will help them gain confidence in their accomplishments. Encourage them to be creative!

When they have their mask completed they can act like a monkey and sing 5 little monkeys jumping on the bed.

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped her head.
Papa called the Doctor and the Doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed,
One fell off and bumped her head.
Papa called the Doctor and the Doctor said,
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”

One little monkey jumping on the bed,
He fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the Doctor and the Doctor said,
“Put those monkeys straight to bed!”

Watch 5 monkeys teasing Mr. Crocodile fingerplay video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-p2PtKG-6XY If you enjoyed the fingerplay the felt it is available at my website http://www.funfelt.com/lois.html

Read monkey stories. You can choose from real or made up. My son loves Curious George. He enjoys the adventures that George finds. Let them tell you what they think will happen or have them make up their own ending. Pull out paper and crayons and let your children have fun creating their very own picture book.

Have fun, act like a monkey, and swing through a rainy day!

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