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5 Little Monkeys Activity

Nursery rhymes are fantastic tools to teach literacy and numeracy skills together with a bunch of other skills, to young children. Preschool and Kindergarten age kids are going to love this 5 Little Monkeys Activity.

5 little monkeys nursery rhyme activity for kindergarten

Nursery Rhyme Activities for Kids

5 Little Monkeys Activity

Do your kids know and love  5 Little Monkeys Activity as much as mine? It is such a great nursery rhyme for younger kiddos. Here is an activity to go along with the rhyme, practicing counting and fine motor skills too!

Although there is a version of five monkeys in a tree with an alligator, we are more familiar with this version that goes like this:

Five Little Monkeys jumping on the bed, one(1) fell off and bumped his head. Mommy called the doctor and the doctor said: “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” Four little monkeys jumping on the bed…

 5 Little Monkeys
What you need:
  • FREE monkey printables from Growing Book by Book or these here
  • 5 craft sticks
  • A small-ish box for the bed
  • Paper to cover the “bed”
  • Marker
  • Glue
5 little monkey craft stick puppets

Print and cut the monkeys and glue them onto the craft sticks. You can laminate them first if you want it to last longer:

cover a small box to make the 5 little monkeys bed

Cover the box so that it represents a bed. Make 5 slits in the box, big enough for the craft sticks to fit, and number them. You can do this randomly like I did, or, in a line.

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Now it is time to play! First, let your child add the monkey sticks to the corresponding numbered holes. Number recognition and fine motor skills are at work here. 

Then, recite the rhyme and remove (in order) a monkey each time the rhyme says “one fell off and bumped his head”. This rhyme teaches subtraction as we start at number 5 and deduct one each time a monkey falls off. With these monkey sticks, subtraction becomes real as this nursery rhyme is being played out. 

FREE 5 Little Monkey Count and Read Book in color or black and white

More fun rhyming activities you might like: 

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Nadia is South African mom to two littlies, a former preschool teacher and currently working as a reading therapist at a remedial school. She blogs over at about easy and playful activities inspiring you to be your child's first teacher.

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