Friday, October 20, 2017

Monkeyshines in the Speech Room: Adorable Five Little Monkeys Craft and Language Activities

 Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree...the story.

We made this this adorable Five Little Monkeys Craft after reading the storybook. My preschoolers absolutely loved it! Add a tie for boys, a boy for girls. Too. Cute!

My preschoolers love those naughty little monkeys who boast: "You can't catch me!" So do you think you can capture the attention of a group of preschoolers for the second day of Five Little Monkeys Pre-K speech therapy? Oh yeah. You bet.

We talked about Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed in my last post and I shared a cute FREE little monkey dot marker activity. (free download for subscribers!) Be sure to take a peek. We had lots of fun, and my sweeties were definitely up for more.


Day two was all about Five Little Monkeys Swinging in the Tree.

Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree: Fun preschool speech and language activity ideas

Of course, we started off by reading the adorable story by Eileen Christelow. Repetitive stories like this are perfect to encourage children to participate. Do the fingerplay actions as you turn the pages, and your preschoolers will enthusiastically chant the rhyme along with you.

Each time the crocodile sneaks up another monkey we make "jaws" with our two hands, open wide and ...SNAP! One more little monkey missing.  Oh no! On the upside, it's terrific practice for the /sn/ blend!

Here are the fingerplay motions:

1.  Five little monkeys swinging in a tree. 
 (Hold up your hand with all five fingers hanging down, and make the monkeys swing!)

2.  Teasing Mr. Crocodile, You can't catch me! (point to your shoulder with your thumb)

3.  Along came Mr. Crocodile swimming quietly...... (put your palms together and make him swim through the water.)

4.  SNAP! (Move your hands apart like jaws, then clap your hands together.)

5.  Repeat with four fingers and so on, until there are no monkeys left!

This puppet gives me story-telling super powers!

Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree: Fun preschool speech and language activity ideas

When I saw him on a trip to New Orleans, I knew I had to have him. Did I buy jewelry or a cute dress while there? Nope. I was drooling over the puppets in a little toy store.

I'm pretty much always in the preschool frame of mind. Love, love my littles!

While reading the story, this guy helps me turn pages, then gets ready to snap up some monkeys for dinner.


Five Little Monkeys activities my kids totally loved.

We didn't stop there. We had to do a cute little craft, a fun game, and some send-home pages too!

Five Little Monkeys Craft

We made this this adorable Five Little Monkeys Craft after reading the storybook. My preschoolers absolutely loved it! Add a tie for boys, a boy for girls. Too. Cute!
Make this easy Five Little Monkeys craft- simple and oh-so-cute!

We made these adorable monkeys, and of course embedded plenty of language and articulation practice along the way: body parts, requesting, /st/ (We love to say "stick in on!" as we glue a piece.) We decorated with bows. bow-ties and business ties too. I love seeing how each child makes it their own.

How do I fit in all these activities?

I have centers set up in my preschool therapy program, and our "art" center is one stop. You may not use my delivery model, but if you do in-class therapy you could do each activity as a center, or simply use the activities over several sessions in a traditional pull-out setting. Boy, does that make planning easy! Plus the repetition is fantastic for comprehension, vocabulary acquisition, and story retelling.


The Perfect Five Little Monkeys Game

In our "activity" center, we played this fun game. Say your words and you get a monkey to put in the tree! Be careful though, because the "tree top" is attached with a magnet and will fall if you don't balance those monkeys. And down below? There is a hungry crocodile of course!

The perfect game to go with Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree. Many more preschool speech and language activity ideas in this post from
The perfect game to go with Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree.

This game is called the "Monkeying Around Game", and I see it online available from several sources if you are looking for it. (I am not affiliated in any way with this game, and get no compensation for the recommendation- I just think it's way fun!)

FREE Home Practice Activities

I always like sending something home for carryover practice, so I created these activities. It's a freebie available in my Teachers pay teacher's store. This fun little collection of 6 activities (color by number, mystery squares, friendly faces and more) coordinates with my Mixed Group Magic and Quick List sets.

What that means is that there is a box on each activity where you can paste a custom list for each child, whether it's s-blends, initial /m/, wh questions or other goals. Head over and download this Freebie for yourself and pretty please leave me feedback in my store when you do. I really appreciate it!

Find this freebie here: Five Little Monkeys Quick List Activities.
Five Little Monkeys Quick List Activities for Speech & Language
If you haven't grabbed my Five Little Monkeys Dot Marker Activity in my last post, you will want to head there too. It's free when you sign up as a subscriber! Click here to read the post:  Best-Ever Books for Preschool Speech Therapy: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

Themed therapy rocks! 

Don't you agree? I think this unit will keep your littles busy and learning for quite a while. What are some of your favorite themes and storybooks? I'm always looking for new favorites, so leave a comment and share yours!

Until next time my friends,

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Best-Ever Books for Preschool Speech Therapy: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree Speech Therapy Language Activities

We just finished up our Five Little Monkeys week with my preschoolers. So much speech and language covered and oodles of enthusiasm!

I pulled out this unit for my Pre-K program, but my Kinders saw some of the activities and begged to do them. (I have never met a child who doesn't love monkeys.) It was perfect for them. My second through fourth graders saw our game and wanted to play too. I love it when that happens, easy planning for me, and engagement galore.

My Favorite Five Little Monkeys Books

Eileen Christelow has written adorable books to illustrate the traditional rhymes and fingerplays, and added more adventures too! You could easily spend two weeks this unit, and there are plenty of speech and language goals to target.

My favorite titles are Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed and Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree. These books are perfect for speech therapy because they have repetitive text, simple storylines, and adorable illustrations the children love.

First,  we read Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Speech Therapy Language Activities

The story starts out with the little monkeys getting ready for bed. They brush their teeth, Mama tucks them in and says goodnight. The little monkeys are supposed to be going to sleep, but as you probably have heard, these mischevious little monkeys start jumping on the bed as soon as Mama leaves the room.

One by one the little monkeys fall off and bump their heads in this countdown song. Five little monkeys jumping on the bed. One fell off and bumped his head. Mama makes a call to the doctor each time who admonishes, "No more monkeys jumping on the bed!" My children just love that the monkeys are naughty.

We use finger puppets for the monkeys. 

A felt board set or printables will work. But I have this cute little set of finger puppet monkeys that match the illustrations. It's By Merrymakers. You can find it at many stores online including Target and Walmart. (I'm not an affiliate, and get no compensation... just want to help you locate it if you like!)

 I also have a little "bed" for the monkeys. may say stay away from the teacher giveaway table at school. ("You don't need more stuff!") But I scored this! Just saying.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Speech Therapy Language Activities

If you haven't acquired a little bed, you can easily make one for your monkeys. 

To make a simple bed, just put together a cardboard box, a small soft cushion, and a few dish towels. We take turns making the monkeys jump on our bed. They fall off and get a huge bump on their head of course. Ouch!

Goals you can target with Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

1. Articulation: this rhyme is sound-loaded with initial /m/ (monkeys, Mama, more) and "J" (jumping) for articulation practice.
2. Position concepts on/off. How many monkeys are "on" the bed? Who is off?
3. Verb + ing: jumping. What is she doing?
4. Regular past tense verbs: jumped, bumped, called
5. Irregular past tense verbs: fell
6. Regular plural: monkeys
7. Answering Where? Questions. Use finger puppets or printables to place monkeys in various places and positions. Ask "Where is the monkey?"

More Five Little Monkeys Activities

After reading our story, we went to the table for some drill on our skills. We used our dot markers to complete this home-made motivational page. You do NOT need anything fancy to engage young children. They totally loved this activity that was hand-sketched from a picture we found.

Maybe you're thinking you can't draw. (Neither can I, this was sketched by my talented assistant, Susan.) So if you prefer a ready-made activity, I went ahead and made one for you! He's fun to use with dot markers, crayons, bingo chips or even pompoms and over-sized tweezers to give him a fuzzy belly!

Get this free download by clicking HERE.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - Get this free dot marker activity

If you have read my blog post- Intensive Service Delivery Model for Preschool Speech Therapy, you know that I have two-hour sessions with my littles. We had several activities during our one long session, but you can absolutely target any theme across several shorter sessions.

Review and Story Re-telling

 I love being able to review and ask the children to "re-tell" what we did the last session (or at the beginning of our long session.) Bonus: You get to read the story again. Repeated storybook readings are fabulous for reinforcing vocabulary, setting up children for success in answering questions and giving them plenty of opportunities for story re-tell.

We wrapped up our session by watching This adorable video from Super Simple Songs:

If you think this was more fun than a barrel of monkeys, you will want to read about Day 2 

We couldn't neglect The Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree. Check out my next post: Monkeyshines in the Speech Room: Adorable Five  Little Monkeys Craft and Language Activities.
You'll find a fun craft, and a link to another freebie that's full of monkey business. Sorry, couldn't help myself, but I think that's all the "monkey sayings" I can muster for right now.  (Insert chuckle and a grin.

If you have some great 5 Little Monkeys ideas, please comment and share. I would love to hear them!

Until next time my friends,