If you haven’t heard about this awesome Monthly Crafting Book Club then you are missing out. It is such a fun way to get free craft ideas that coincide with your children’s favorite storybooks. This month, I am finally taking part (yay!) and the book is the classic 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed which is a favorite in our house. After reading the book with your kids, make this fun and easy feel better monkey and let your kids be the doctor. Don’t miss the other awesome craft ideas from the talented bloggers in the club!
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Cutting Out Your Monkey Pieces
You may want to do this part for kids who are too young to use scissors. You also may want to make some alongside preschoolers who are just beginning to use scissors. It is great practice for them in tracing and following lines however, they may want the ones you cut out later in the craft.
Cut out monkey head and use to trace desired number of monkeys needed onto one of the darker colors of construction paper.
- Be sure to trace all of the monkey heads you need during this step or print out a second template. You will be cutting the template up in the next steps.
Cut out your traced monkey heads.
Cut the monkey mouth out of the template.
Trace the monkey mouth onto a contrasting color of construction paper.
- You will need one for each monkey you intend to make.
Cut out your traced mouths.
Cut out the inner ears of your monkey and trace onto the same color construction paper at your monkey mouths.
Cut out the traced inner ear pieces.
Cut out the eye background from the monkey template. Do not cut around the eyes yet. See the picture above for reference.
On the same color construction paper you used for the mouths and inner ear pieces, trace the eye background. Again, be sure to trace enough time to have one for each monkey.
Cut out your traced eye backgrounds.
Next, cut out your monkey eyes. Trace these on a white (or similar color) construction paper.
Cut out your traced monkey eyes.
Cut out the colored part (irises) of your monkey eyes from the eye pieces. (See picture above for reference.)
On the scraps of construction paper left over from cutting out your entire monkey heads in step 3, trace the cut eye pieces. (Again, see picture for reference.)
Cut out the trace pieces.
Assembling Your Feel Better Monkey
This part is appropriate for all ages to participate in. You may want to leave the pictures pulled up on your computer for reference.
Using your glue stick, glue the mouth onto the bottom of your monkey head.
Glue the eye background on your monkey head above the mouth. Leave a small space so that you get the definition between the 2 areas.
Glue your inner ear pieces into the center of your monkey ears.
Glue your eye whites onto the eye background.
Glue your colored eye pieces to the bottom eye whites.
Draw on a mouth and nose lines with your Sharpie marker. (Parents may want to do this part.)
Make your monkeys feel better by putting Band-Aids on their boo-boos.
This is such a fun little craft. Your kids will love playing doctor for their monkeys! It is also a great conversation starter about the importance of listening and more. You can find a free printable list of questions on our VIP page. (Not a member yet? Sign up here!) Take a classic children’s book and turn it into a fun way to reiterate and strengthen good habits and understanding with your kids. Don’t forget to check out the other fun 5 Little Monkeys crafts, too.