Aye, mateys! Climb aboard and get ready to join the little pirates on another quest to find fun projects.
We discovered this pirate monkey craft in our treasure chest, and think it’s the perfect activity for your animal loving little pirates.
Keep your little pirates happy and boredom at bay with more summer crafts for kids and avoid walking the plank!
Summer Monkey Craft
This fun and creative craft will get your kids’ imaginations going as they think of stories of adventures they’ll encounter out at sea.
In addition to stoking their imaginations, this craft will also give kids the chance to master their use of scissors, how much glue to use, and refine their fine motor skills.
Use our free template and a few basic craft supplies to bring this pirate monkey to life. There’s also a black and white version available that’s perfect for younger kids to color in. Either one is sure to be a hit with your little monkeys, so download and print the template today!
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Crayons or markers
- 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.
Begin by gluing the monkey’s face to the middle of the head.
Place the inner ears in the middle of the outer ears and glue them in place.
Next, take the eye and glue it below the left eyebrow. Take the eye patch band and glue it at an angle across where the right eye would be. Trim off any excess paper that hangs off the monkey’s head. Place the eye patch on top of the band and glue it down.
Use a pink marker to draw on the monkey’s cheeks.
Glue the belly to the middle and bottom of the monkey’s body.
Make the belt by gluing the belt to the middle of the monkey’s belly. Trim off any excess paper. Glue the yellow outer buckle to the middle of the belt, then glue the black inner buckle to the middle of the outer buckle.
Next, glue the feet to the bottom of the monkey’s legs.
Place the left arm where the monkey’s shoulder would be and glue it in place. Glue the monkey’s hand to the end of the arm.
Create the right arm by gluing the arm to the back of the monkey’s shoulder, with the arm pointed upward. Glue the hand to the front of the arm.
Take the tail and glue it to the back and lower portion of the monkey’s body.
Make the pirate hat by gluing the skull and crossbones to the middle of the hat, then finish up by gluing the hat to the top of the monkey’s hat.
We have plenty more summer crafts to keep your little one busy, be sure to check them out!
Summer Ideas For Kids
With the long summer days, you may be looking for something to fill your child’s day that will get them engaged and have fun. We have lots of ideas to get them off their screens, learning, and developing essential skills.
Keep them busy over the summer break with some crafts and activities that are perfect for summer and kid approved. Read on below for some fun ones to start with!
Summer Books For Kids
Summer reading can unleash a world of imagination and adventure for kids! It expands their knowledge, boosts their vocabulary, and enhances their critical thinking skills.
It can also keep them occupied during long hot days, and serve as a peaceful escape from screen time. Let your children dive into a good book this season and see where their minds can take them!
How To Catch A Mermaid is the summer version of the classic “How To Catch” series! It’s perfect for mermaid fans and summer lovers alike!
Gorilla Loves Vanilla is all about, you guessed it – ice cream! This silly book will have kids laughing and asking for you to read it again and again.
Goodnight Pirate is a fun bedtime book to read to kids all summer long! They’ll love the illustrations, story, and rhyming words.
Summer Crafts For Kids
Crafting is a great way to spend time with the kids this summer. It keeps their little hands and minds busy over the summer break so they can keep advancing and honing their skills.
Crafting isn’t just fun, it’s an opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination, problem-solving, color recognition, and so much more. Inspire your kids to craft with some of our favorites perfect for summer below.
Hammerhead Shark Puppet Craft – Kids love sharks, so this craft will have them excited to learn more about them. They’ll enjoy creating their own shark and then it’s great for pretend play once they’re finished.
Mermaid Handprint Craft – Swim on over to check out this fun craft kids will love! This sweet mermaid is simple to create and kids will personalize it with their favorite colors and their own handprints.
Paper Plate Sun Craft – Get your little rays of sunshine crafting with this paper plate sun! It’s easy to make, so cute, and great for kids of all ages. Our canvas of choice for this craft is the versatile paper plate, so it’s an inexpensive craft to make, too!
Humpback Whale Puppet Craft – Add a whale to your ocean-themed puppet show! Kids love to play pretend, so encourage their imaginations with this cute puppet made out of a paper bag. This craft is a great way for kids to learn more about these sea-dwelling mammals!
Summer Activities For Kids
Rrrr you ready to be a pirate? Then you’ll need this free printable pirate headband! This headband would be great for pretend play or for a pirate-themed birthday party for all yer mateys!
There are two versions to choose from, a craft version, or a black and white version to color in.
When it’s time to come in and cool down during the hot summer days, have these summer do a dot printables on hand for a fun activity.
These colorful summer images are captivating to kids, and they’ll be excited to learn with them. This printable set is filled with 21 pages where kids will practice counting, pattern recognition, letter recognition, and more!
One of our favorite activities is coloring, and we love that these summer color by number printables sneak in some learning, too!
Kids will use the key at the bottom of each sheet to know what color to use for each numbered space. As they use their number recognition to color in each space, they’ll reveal 7 different summer themed pictures.
When it’s time for some quiet time, break out these fun and free summer connect the dot worksheets.
There are 4 different summer-themed pictures included that will have kids practicing counting, fine motor skills, and focus. Once they complete the pictures, they’ll enjoy coloring them in.
Fun Summer Finds
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More Summer Activities For Kids
- Colored cardstock or construction paper
- Crayons or markers
- Monkey template
- Download the monkey template, print, and cut out the pieces you need.
- Begin by gluing the monkey's face to the middle of the head.
- Place the inner ears in the middle of the outer ears and glue them in place.
- Next, take the eye and glue it below the left eyebrow. Take the eye patch band and glue it at an angle across where the right eye would be. Trim off any excess paper that hangs off the monkey's head. Place the eye patch on top of the band and glue it down.
- Use a pink marker to draw on the monkey's cheeks.
- Glue the belly to the middle and bottom of the monkey's body.
- Make the belt by gluing the belt to the middle of the monkey's belly. Trim off any excess paper. Glue the yellow outer buckle to the middle of the belt, then glue the black inner buckle to the middle of the outer buckle.
- Next, glue the feet to the bottom of the monkey's legs.
- Place the left arm where the monkey's shoulder would be and glue it in place. Glue the monkey's hand to the end of the arm.
- Create the right arm by gluing the arm to the back of the monkey's shoulder, with the arm pointed upward. Glue the hand to the front of the arm.
- Take the tail and glue it to the back and lower portion of the monkey's body.
- Make the pirate hat by gluing the skull and crossbones to the middle of the hat, then finish up by gluing the hat to the top of the monkey's hat.