Monday, March 31, 2014

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Monkey Preschool Craft & More!

These cute monkeys are a fun preschool craft, and they go perfectly with a jungle theme or the awesome book we read for Poppins Book Nook.

Monkeys live all over the world and come in all sorts of colors!  Did you know that some monkeys are silver as adults and orange as babies?  We learned all sorts of fun things about monkey colors in the book below, and we used paper towel tubes to each make a monkey.

Simple Supplies:

  • paper towel tube, cut in half
  • face and ears cut out of paper
  • wiggly eyes (optional)
  • paint and paint brushes
  • glue

Easy How-To:

1.  Let your kiddos paint the paper towel tube (and face, if they want!).

2.  Let them attach the face and ears.  I had one child do this by drenching his papers in paint and sticking them on his wet paper towel tube.  The rest used a low-heat hot glue gun.  You can also use school glue, but we like the hot glue gun.

3.  Let it dry!  While we waited we graphed information from a map in the book showing how many monkeys the book talked about from different continents.

Ta da!!  Super cute, fun, personalized monkeys!

I especially liked making them with our book (Monkey Colors) because it provided a platform to talk about how everyone's art is different, and that is wonderful!  Preschoolers tend to compare their work to each other, and I loved pointing to the picture with a dozen colorful monkeys and talking about how they are all different.  Then we looked at the monkeys the kids made, how they were all different, and I told them that that is one of the wonderful things about art projects like this: everyone's monkey looks different, and they are all awesome!!

So, here are their awesome monkeys:

And, of course, here is the fabulous book we read with this activity: {picture is an affiliate link}

This post is part of the Poppins Book Nook, a virtual reading club for kids!  Each month bloggers post activities based on a book that ties in to a theme.  This month's theme was Where in the World.  Be sure to visit these other bloggers for more books and learning fun:

Also, Poppins Book Nook has a giveaway each month!  Here are this month's details:

Poppins Book Nook Giveaway! Every month the Poppins Book Nook group will be offering readers a chance to win a brand new storybook that ties in with our theme for the month. This month one lucky entrant will win a copy of  Where in the World?: Around the Globe in 13 Works of Art (Bob Raczka's Art Adventures)!  The winner must reside within the United States. This giveaway is brought to you by the company Enchanted Homeschooling Mom, who is owner and founder of the Poppins Book Nook. By entering this giveaway you are also acknowledging that you have read and agree to all of the Rafflecopter terms & conditions as well as Enchanted Homeschooling Mom's disclosures found here {}.  Just enter the Rafflecopter below to win:

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