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G is for Gorilla
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* Good Night
* Watch me Grow: Apes
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Geography > Continents > Africa
Colors | Numbers | Shapes skills addressed during craft assembly
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*Dec. 27th >
Visit the Zoo Day
Online story time >
The Yellow Gorilla and Baby Gorilla Goes Shopping
Age group: Older toddlers to early
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.
The gorilla theme is appropriate for many themes listed in the themes
Before or after completing the craft conduct your choice of suggested
Activity 1: Science & Social Studies > Geography: Learning about
Apes and the Gorilla > Endangered Animals
Many apes are endangered. Science and Social Studies objectives:
* Understand that people need to respect animal and plant life,
natural resources and their 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: apes > the chimpanzee,
gorilla and orangutan.
* Identifying at least one endangered animal in your geographical
area: country or region. Learn a few basic facts about this
Review the external resources and suggested children's picture books
below to prepare and expand on the objectives:
Where to start?
Ask children what they know about apes, or if they have seen
pictures or read stories that have an ape character. Ask
children if they have heard about endangered animals or extinct
animals, and what these terms mean to them. Keep notes
of their responses.
Basic facts about apes and the gorilla:
* 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 range in size from three to six feet and can weigh up to 450
* Apes live in the forests in Africa and Asia (two continents) >
show in a globe or map.
* The gorilla is a very large ape that lives in African forests.
Gorillas are the largest of the primates. Male gorillas
living in zoos can weigh as much as six hundred pounds. All
gorillas living in the wild are endangered and in danger of
* 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.
External educational resources for additional
information, fun facts, and wonderful images of apes:
* National Geographic Kids Creature Feature > Mountain Gorilla
and other apes
Ape facts, video, map, and audio for the mountain
Printable fact sheets in the material column. These three apes
Activity 2: Alphabet Activities
Letter G (hard G sound) G is for Gorilla
Activity 3: Books & Literature >
1. Visit the Goodnight
Gorilla book activities and craft
me Grow: Apes
Read this book online FREE at wegivebooks.org, and you will put books
in the hands of children who don't have them.
Description: We start life as baby apes, but how do we turn into
the gorillas, orangutans, chimpanzees, and gibbons that live in the
jungle? Turn the pages and watch us grow!
Activity 4: Gorilla crafts
Ape (Gorilla) Craft Ages
(external link - print black & white template,
color in black and gray tones for a Gorilla)
you need is a printer, paper or construction paper, glue stick,
scissors and something to color with.
craft assembly conduct some of the learning activities suggested
for the craft:
1. Math | Colors: Identify colors, number and count the craft templates.
Skills developed during craft assembly: Scissor cutting and
coloring (precursors to handwriting), following instructions, problem solving, fine motor
Gorilla Stick Puppet > this is part of the The Yellow Gorilla
story time activity below
paper craft sculpture (external link) gorilla images,
information and complex paper craft for adults and older children, great
project for learning and educational display.
Activity 5: Apes Coloring Pages for Puppets and Display
These coloring pages can be printed on sturdy card stock paper to make
View real images of the apes in the links provided below. Color,
cut out and attach a craft stick to the back.
Use the coloring pages for educational display during discussion about
Gorilla coloring pages: #1,
Other apes coloring pages: chimpanzee,
Activity 6: The
Yellow Gorilla Online story and Baby
Gorilla goes Shopping at Storyplace.org.
Atlas, map or world globe to identify geographical location of apes