The other day I had to take Sweet Pea to the doctor. On the way out the door I decided to grab a handful of books we haven't read in a while to keep her occupied during our wait. Among them was one of our Before Five in a Row books, Caps for Sale.
When we reached the doctor's office, Sweet Pea chose Caps, and as I began to read it, I realized that it was new to her. The last time we pulled it out she must have not quite been one year old. (That's what I get for keeping our Five in a Row books on a special shelf in the basement. I'm actually in the process of moving the schoolroom to the main floor to make things more accessible to everyone.)
At any rate, she fell in love with this delightful story, and I began to reminisce about all of the fun things we did with it when Superman and Giggly Girl were five and three years old. Here are a few of our memories...
We also made these yummy Monkey Boats...
6-8 med. bananas (or one for each person)
1 c. semi sweet chocolate chips
1 c. mini-marshmallows
-Slit each banana lengthwise through the peel, making sure not to cut all the way through to the other side.
-Stuff the inside of the banana with marshmallows and chocolate chips.
-Wrap each banana in aluminum foil and bake at 300 degrees for 5 minutes, or until chocolate is melted.
-Eat with a spoon!
(You can also cook over a fire or on the grill.)
I think we also did some Letter M activities along with this story - you know, because of the monkeys and the money themes in this story. :) A few M activities we've done...
-glue macaroni onto a large letter M cut out of construction paper
-Wash money...provide a large dishpan or pot, squirt in some dishwashing soap and swish around to make bubbles, drop in a bunch of coins and a scrubber, and let your little one shine up those coins! (Of course you'll want to put a plastic tablecloth underneath this activity.)
-Fill a glass jar about 3/4 full with water. Give your child some coins, and tell them to drop them into the jar one by one to see how many it will take to bring the water to the top and make the jar overflow. (BTW, it takes a lot of coins, so make sure you fill the jar up with water almost to the top before you let your little one start - unless they are extremely patient.)
-I've never done this one, but we'll try it this time around. Use an eye dropper to drop water (one drop at a time) onto a penny's surface. An older child can count how many drops the surface of the penny will hold before the water spills over; help a younger child by counting out loud together.
Needless to say, it's time for me to do some of these fun things with Sweet Pea now that she's discovered this classic children's story. (I imagine the other two will want to join in again too!)
Some other monkey business we might look into...
-Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Tot Book/Activity Pak - Carissa has put so much hard work into these, and shares them with all of us Moms with Tots. We'll definitely be using some of these activities. (I think I'll print out these "Retell the Story" graphics, laminate, and attach felt to the back to use as a felt board set.)
-Preschool Printables also has templates for a Five Little Monkeys felt board story. (You could easily use these along with a free-handed felt tree, man, and caps to retell Caps for Sale.)
-DLTK's Five Little Monkeys and related activities
-Monkey Mazes, Puzzles, and Coloring Pages
-Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb unit and lapbook at Homeschool Share - This is a great monkey unit!