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Kimberly Lynn





Paper Bag Monkeys

I created this fun activity for my pre-k class a few years ago.  It is a great two-day project because children love finger painting, and need lots of practice cutting with scissors.  

Please supervise and assist your child with this activity.

You will need the following supplies:

  • Brown paper lunch bag
  • Construction paper: dark and medium brown, tan, and light blue
  • Black marker or crayon
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Newspaper scraps
  • Finger-paints:  red, orange, brown, and yellow

Before you begin:

Make a pattern for each body part using the above photo as a reference.  Remember to keep it simple, or little ones will get frustrated trying to cut with scissors.  For the mouth, make a small circle and cut in half.  Next, trace each pattern piece with a marker onto the appropriate color of construction paper:

  • Large head pattern, arms, legs, and tail (dark brown)
  • Mouth (cream or vanilla)
  • Stomach and Small head pattern (tan)
  • Eyes (light blue)

These instructions are for your child or students to do, but please supervise:

1.  Loosely crumple newspaper pages and stuff into open paper bag until full.

2.  Close opening and fold over about an inch from the top.  Secure flap down with glue.

3.  Choose finger-paints from the list.

4.  Paint brown paper bag and set aside to dry.

5.  Cut pattern pieces on traced line.  This step can be divided over a two-day period.

6.  Glue eyes and mouth onto head before attaching to brown paper bag.

7.  Glue head, arms, stomach, legs, and tail to brown paper bag.  See photo.

8.  Set aside to dry.  (I recommend overnight because children tend to use a lot of glue)



Here's a popular rhyme to share with your child or students:


Monkeys In A Tree

Five little monkeys
Sitting in a tree
Teasing Mr. Crocodile--
"You can't catch me."
"You can't catch me."
 Along comes Mr. Crocodile
As quiet as can be--

(continue until all five monkeys are gone)

Away swims Mr. Crocodile
As full as he can be!!!







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