Reading is one of our favorite activities! Cuddling up with a good book is good any time, and is a great daily activity to do with your kids.
This Grumpy Monkey craft is a great accompaniment to the book, Grumpy Monkey, where kids learn about emotions.
Be sure to check out all our other paper bag puppets to see what all kids can create with just an ordinary item!
Monkey Puppet Craft Idea
Kids can use their new monkey puppets to make reading along fun and interactive or use their big imaginations when they play with their puppets to create new stories.
While kids are busy crafting their grumpy monkey, they can tell you all about their favorite animals that Jim talks to along the way in the book.
Grab our free template, a few basic supplies, and get the kids engaged in this creative craft that goes great with story time!
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Monkey template (enter your email in the form at the end of the post to get the template)
Download the monkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
Start by gluing the face to the middle of the head.
Place the inner ears inside both of the outer ears and glue them in place.
Glue the eyes below each of the eyebrows.
Create the monkey’s body by gluing the body piece to the main portion of the brown paper bag.
Finish up by gluing the head to the flap portion of the bag.
Zoo Project Ideas For Kids
You don’t have to feel like you live in a zoo when you get the kids occupied and engaged this summer with some fun zoo project ideas!
We bring the zoo to you with crafts, activities, and books that will get kids learning all about different zoo animals and developing important skills at the same time!
Keep reading below to see just some of the animals in our zoo!
Reading books to young children can have a lasting impact on their cognitive and linguistic skills and it can also enhance their problem-solving skills and creativity.
Additionally, hearing stories from books can be a great way to introduce important life lessons and values to children. Overall, incorporating reading books into your child’s routine can help set them up for a successful future.
The Fascinating Animal Book For Kids is a great book for curious kiddos! Find facts on almost any animal your child is learning about. This is a great resource to have in your home library collection.
The View At The Zoo is a silly book about all the animals at the zoo. When the people come to take a look at the animals, they see all sorts of sights! But, there’s a twist to this book that you have to read for yourself and laugh about!
Giraffes Can’t Dance is a sweet and fun book about Gerald the Giraffe. He can’t dance, but doesn’t stop trying! He finally finds his own rhythm when he meets an unlikely friend.
Printable Zoo Crafts
Encourage your kids to craft for a fun and beneficial way to learn! Crafting provides a great opportunity for them to improve important skills like fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.
Sloth Craft – Hang on for a fun craft with the cutest little sloth around. Kids will love making their own sloths with our free template and just a few supplies. Soon they’ll be pretending to be like a sloth and see how slowly they can move!
Panda Paper Bag Puppet – What’s black and white and fun all over? This cute panda puppet! Kids love to make puppets to play pretend with! While the real thing may be hard to get a glimpse of at your local zoo, you can bring them to you with this fun craft!
Tiger Headband Craft – Your little tigers will love to dress up with their new headbands! They can either make the craft version or break out the markers and color in the black-and-white version. Either way will be a roaring good time.
Elephant Paper Plate Craft – When you say you want more cool animals to make out of paper plates, we’re all ears! Elephant ears that is. Kids will be amazed that an ordinary paper plate can become an elephant with just a little paint and paper!
Zoo Activities For Children
Go through a variety of animals and skills with these zoo animal worksheets! These printables are full of different ways for kids to learn from letter recognition and counting to memory and patterns.
This printable set of worksheets comes with 24 pages of games, puzzles, mazes, basic math, beginning literacy, and more to keep kids learning and engaged with zoo animals!
See what our cute polar bears are up to in these polar bear color by numbers! Children can practice number and color recognition, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills when they complete these color by number sheets.
They’ll love the 3 different polar bear illustrations that pop off the page with a little color added to the numbered spaces.
I mustache you a question. Did you know W is for walrus? Kids learn all about these big tusked sea mammals and the letter W with these walrus worksheets!
They’ll make their way through a letter maze as they find the uppercase and lowercase Ww’s, then give writing the letter a whirl, and finally learn more about walrus when they label and color it in on the final worksheet.
Give kids a jumpstart on math skills with these jungle animal count and graph worksheets! They’re great for preschool and kindergarten students to practice counting and writing numbers 1 through 10.
They’ll also learn to graph with the I Spy game as they graph the results of each animal.
Do you want to keep your kids entertained all year long with fun animal crafts? We’ve got you covered! Our animal craft book has 52 weeks of unique & adorable animal crafts for kids. Watch your child’s creativity blossom as they improve fine motor skills!
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More Fun Ideas For Kids
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Monkey template
- Download the monkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Start by gluing the face to the middle of the head.
- Place the inner ears inside both of the outer ears and glue them in place.
- Glue the eyes below each of the eyebrows.
- Create the monkey's body by gluing the body piece to the main portion of the brown paper bag.
- Finish up by gluing the head to the flap portion of the bag.