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Monkeying Around - Storytime November 19, 2014


We had a great time this week with our very interactive monkey themed storytime.  We  acted like monkeys, sang about monkeys, guessed what monkey would do, and made a fun monkey craft.

ACTION RHYME:   We started with 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed  using our monkey craft to jump the monkeys on our hand (bed).

STORY:  The Monkey Goes Bananas by C.P. Bloom.  What a great story!  With very few words, this book tells the story of Monkey who is trying to get the bananas located on a tree on an island.  On his first attempt at crossing the water, Monkey meets Shark.  The children loved trying to figure out what Monkey would try next to avoid Shark and finally get to the bananas!

ACTION SONG:  The Monkeys in the Zoo   (Tune:  The Wheels on the Bus)

The monkeys in the zoo turn round and round,
Round and round,
Round and round.
The monkeys in the zoo turn round and round,
Just like I do.

The monkeys in the zoo all touch their toes…
The monkeys in the zoo all rub their tummies…
The monkeys in the zoo all pat their heads…
The monkeys in the zoo jump up and down…

STORY:   Count the Monkeys By Mac Barnett.  Oh my -this is a marvelous book!  Trying to count the monkeys in this book is certainly a challenge.  From the beginning 1 King Cobra,  to the last 10 Polka-Dotted Rhinoceroses with bagpipes and bad breath, the monkeys are driven or scared out of sight.  It is up to the children to help get rid of all the other animals so that they can count the monkeys.  So much fun for both the reader and the children!

ACTION RHYME:  A Little Monkey Likes to Do 

(Perform each action as indicated.   Point to children on “you and you,” and have them imitate your actions.)

 A little monkey likes to do, Just the same as you and you;

When you sit up very tall, Monkey sits up very tall.

When you pretend to throw a ball, Monkey pretends to throw a ball.

When you try to touch your toes, Monkey tries to touch his toes.

When you move your little nose, Monkey tries to move his nose.

When you jump up in the air,  Monkey jumps up in the air.

When you sit down in a chair, Monkey sits down in a chair.


STORY:  Monkey See, Look at Me!  By Lorena Siminovich.   Silly monkey thinks he is several different animals but those animals show him why they are the animal he is pretending to be.  This is also a great interactive story that had the children laughing at Monkey’s silliness.

CRAFT:   CHildren coloured a precut monkey and palm tree, then glued the monkey to the tree.  We used the craft during storytime for all the action rhymes.







Thanks for giving a quick recap of this session. We missed it, and we love monkeys so this is the next best thing and gives us a sense of what takes place at Storytime.