Young children will have fun learning about monkeys. Other printable support materials and links to related
activities are provided. Let's get started.
Activity 1: Animals > Mammals > Rainforest > Endangered >
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: monkey
- Identifying at least one endangered animal in your geographical
area, country or region. Learn a few basic facts about this
Review the activities and online resources suggested below to prepare and expand on the
Where to start?
Ask children what they know about monkeys, or if they have seen
pictures or read stories that have a monkey character, for example
"Curious George." 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 monkeys:
is a small mammal that is one of the primates. Monkeys have very
flexible hands and feet. Some kinds of monkeys have tails which
they use to hang from trees. Different kinds of monkeys live in
Central and South America, Africa, and Asia. The monkey is one
of the twelve
animals featured in the Chinese zodiac, therefore, appropriate to
present for a Chinese New Year theme.
We need to take care of monkeys, because many species are endangered
(review and define) and could become extinct (review and
define). View these two monkeys that are endangered: Geoffroy's
Spider Monkey (Central America), Mantled
Howler Monkey (Mexico to South America),
People around the world are dedicated to
protecting endangered animals and their unique habitats.
Activity > Online Jigsaw Puzzle > Monkey >
Skills: Problem solving, bilingual English and Spanish
Here is an online puzzle the children will enjoy with a fun monkey
image. The default puzzle is 6 pieces. Click on the change
cut button to change shape and number of pieces.
Activity 2: Alphabet Letter M
Monkey lesson plan printable activities
Activity 3: Online Story and activity with Champ the Monkey
Online story > Bananas
for Lunch (Adobe Flash) >
Skills > Number order 1-10
This is a cute story of a monkey eating ten bananas. The story
helps children learn and count numbers one to ten.
Online activity > Count
the Bananas (Adobe Flash) > Skills > Numbers > Counting and number recognition 1 to 4
Take the children to count the Bananas with Champ the Monkey.
Allow the children to roll the mouse over the answers to hear the
number. Children may need some help with the activity depending
on their age. Make sure to count together.
Related activity:Nutrition > Bananas
Activity 4:DLTK's Printable Monkey Crafts
you need is a printer, paper or lightweight construction paper (trim
to fit printer), glue stick,
scissors and something to color with.
craft assembly conduct some learning activities for the craft
1. Math > Shapes | Colors: Identify colors and shapes.
Count and number the craft templates.
2. Skills developed during craft assembly: Scissor cutting and
coloring (precursors to handwriting), problem solving, and fine motor
paper craft craft holding a banana
face paper craft
plate monkey face craft (same as above but using a paper plate)
craft (uses a toilet paper tube)
5. Children's: Curious George Book Break
activities & crafts
Activity 5: Monkey Coloring Pages for Puppets and Display
These coloring pages can be printed on sturdy card stock paper to make
cut out and attach a craft stick to the back. Use the coloring pages for educational display during discussion about
Monkey online jigsaw
M Monkey lesson plan printable activities
Review lesson plan for five printable monkey crafts
Atlas, map or world globe to identify geographical location of monkeys