Monkeys

We had more fun than a barrel of monkeys this week!

Books:

What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile?

What Time Is It, Mr. Crocodile?  by Judy Sierra

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Eileen Christelow

A Monkey among Us

A Monkey Among Us by Dave Horowitz

 

Click Here to Find These Books on the Heights Library Catalog

 

Rhymes & Fingerplays:

I’m a Little Monkey (tune: I’m a Little Teapot)

I’m a little monkey in a tree

Swinging by my tail so merrily.

I can leap and fly from tree to tree

I have lots of fun, you see.

I’m a little monkey watch me play

Munching on bananas every day.

Lots of monkey friends to play with me

We have fun up in the trees.

 

Monkeys at the Zoo (tune: Farmer in the Dell)

The monkeys at the zoo, the monkeys at the zoo

Hi-ho they laugh and play, the monkeys at the zoo.

The monkeys run and hide, the monkeys run and hide

They like to play and run away, the monkeys at the zoo.

The monkeys love to swing, the monkeys love to swing

They love to sing as they swing, the monkeys at the zoo.

 

Three Little Monkeys

Three little monkeys sitting in a tree

Eating bananas, just like me.

One had a frown

One had a grin

One had banana all over his chin!

 

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Monkey see, monkey do

Monkey does the same as you.

When you clap, clap, clap your hands

The monkey clap, clap, claps his hands.

Monkey see, monkey do

Monkey does the same as you.

When you stamp, stamp, stamp your feet…

When you jump, jump, jump up high…

When you turn your self around…

 

Ten Little Monkeys (tune: Ten Little Indians)

One little, two little, three little monkeys

Four little, five little, six little monkeys

Seven little, eight little, nine little monkeys

Ten little monkey friends.

 

Spoken: And do you know what they did?

They got in their boats very carefully (Carefully climb into imaginary boats)

Be careful you don’t tip over.

 

They rowed and they rowed and they rowed to the shore (rowing motion)

They rowed and they rowed and they rowed to the shore

The rowed and they rowed and they rowed to the shore

Ten little monkey friends.

 

Spoken: It was so hot, and they were tired of sitting (Wipe brow. Balancing motion.)

So they all stood up very carefully.

 

They all stood up and the boat tipped over (Fall in water)

They all stood up and the boat tipped over

They all stood up and the boat tipped over

Ten little monkey friends.

 

Spoken: What are we going to do now?

 

They swam and they swam and they swam to the shore (Swimming motion)

They swam and they swam and they swam to the shore

They swam and they swam and they swam to the shore

Ten little monkey friends.

 

Spoken: Now what shall we do?

 

They were cold and wet, and they ran home to mother (Running motion)

They were cold and wet, and they ran home to mother

They were cold and wet, and they ran home to mother

Ten little monkey friends.

 

Spoken: And what do you suppose she did?

 

She fed them and kissed them and put them to bed (eating motion, kissing motion and sleeping motion)

She fed them and kissed them and put them to bed

She fed them and kissed them and put them to bed

Ten little monkey friends.

 

Art:

We made our own swinging monkeys, using this template and brown pipe cleaners.  The kids colored and cut out the front and back of the monkey body template.  The piper cleaners were sandwiched between the front and back of the monkey body.  We glued the pipe cleaners in an “X” on the back of the body.  We then glued the top of the body over the piper cleaners.  Once the glue was dry we could bend and shape the pipe cleaners into arms and legs.

Our flexible, bendable monkey is ready to play!

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