Apes Theme Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
Endangered Animals | Rainforest & Jungle

Activities Materials
Alphabet > Crafts > Letter A | Animals > Mammals > Endangered Animals > Rainforest | Jungle > Apes | Related lesson plans > Chimpanzee & Gorilla

Geography > Continents > Africa and Asia

Colors | Numbers  skills addressed during craft assembly

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Young children will have fun making an easy and fun craft of an ape.  During the assembly process many skills and educational themes can be addressed.  Other printable support materials and links to related activities are provided. Let's get started.

Activities > Science & Social Studies > Learning about Apes > Endangered

1.   Science and social studies objectives:

  • Understand that people need to respect animal and plant life, natural resources and habitats.
  • Identify ways people help protect these living things so that they are not endangered or become extinct.
  • Define and understand the terms:
     - extinct:  to die out, there aren't any left alive.
     - endangered species:  when an animal or plant species is in danger of becoming extinct.
  • Identifying an endangered animal: the apes.
  • Identifying at least one endangered animal in your geographical area, country or region.  Learn a few facts about this animal.
  • Ask the children if they have ever seen a real ape and discuss comments.
  • What do they know about apes.
  • Do they have a favorite story or book / TV an ape character.

2.  Discuss some simple facts about apes.     

  • An ape is a mammal in the group of primates, which includes chimpanzees, gibbons, gorillas, and orangutans.
  • Apes do not have tails.
  • They have very flexible hands and feet.
  • Apes live in the forests in Africa and Asia (two continents) > show in a globe or map.
  • We need to take care of apes, because many are critically endangered (review and define) and could become extinct (review and define).  People around the world are dedicated to protecting apes and their habitats and unique forests.
  • Online resource > Ape @ Wikipedia.org
Activity 2: Alphabet lesson plan printable activities > Letter A is for Ape [long a sound]

Activity 3: DLTK's
Printable Ape Craft Ages 3+
All you need is a printer, paper or construction paper, glue stick, scissors and something to color with.
  • Before craft assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested for the craft which may include: math and colors > identify colors, number and count the craft templates.
  • Skills developed during craft assembly: Scissor cutting and coloring (precursors to handwriting),  problem solving, fine motor skills.
Activity 4: Apes coloring pages for puppets and display
These coloring pages can be printed on sturdy card stock paper to make puppets.
View real images of the apes in the links provided below.  Color, cut out and attach a craft stick to the back.
letter a ape printable activities
Letter A Ape Printable Activities

Ape coloring pages
Apes coloring pages

Online jigsaw puzzles:
chimpanzee and baby online jigsaw puzzle
Ape: Chimpanzee & baby

External links
ape craft at dltk teach
Ape craft

dltk-teach.com
Other materials:
Atlas, map or world globe to identify geographical location of apes