To celebrate Werribee Open Range Zoo’s winter Monkey Play program (see more info at the end), they’ve provided us with this cute monkey craft activity!
My daughter loves the naughty monkeys song, especially when we made our very own naughty monkeys!
Remember the song? Here are the words to jog your memory:
Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said,
‘No more monkeys jumping on the bed!’
Now to make your own monkeys!
You will need:
A rectangular box (used cereal boxes work well)
Wrapping paper (two patterns or colours)
Monkey face template (see below, or make your own unique monkey faces!)
5 pipe cleaners
5 icy-pole sticks
Googly eyes (optional)
Cotton wool or polyfill stuffing
The first thing to go on the bed is the sheet, of course! Cut out a large piece of wrapping paper and wrap the box neatly as if it were a present. Try to keep your seams and tape on one side, and make that the bottom of the bed.
To create your quilt for the bed, cut out another piece of wrapping paper and wrap it around the box, leaving a rectangular section at the top of the bed so that you can still see the sheet.
Cut two rectangles out of your wrapping paper. Wrap each rectangle around cotton wool or a small amount of polyfill and tape together to create two pillows.
To create your monkeys, twist a pipe cleaner tightly around each icy-pole stick and bend slightly to create the arms.
Use sticky-tape to attach the monkey faces to the icy-pole sticks and if you have them on hand, glue on some googly eyes.
Or… make your own faces, like we did. Artwork below courtesy of Miss 2!
Step 6: Make up the bed and start jumping!
Monkey Play at Werribee Open Range Zoo is on until 31 August, with kids under 16 free on school holidays and weekends.
Kids can meet the Zoo’s vervet monkeys, test their climbing skills on the rope course and get up to all kinds of monkey mischief in the Monkey Play Tent – a new hub for monkey-themed games and activities this winter.
A custom-made monkey flip board allows kids to mix and match monkey ‘tops and tails’ while an oversized set of Barrel of Monkeys provides an opportunity for some monkey maths.
In the warm and cosy play space Ranger Kids, there are monkey dress-ups and monkey stories to read, along with plenty of monkey medicine, as kids bandage up and take care of their plush animal patients.
27 June – 31 August
9am – 5pm
Werribee Open Range Zoo