Crafty Monkey

Ugh, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged. Things have been busy with summer vacation, work, and back to school.

October 18th Jean Cochran (the author of If a Monkey Jumps Onto Your School Bus) and myself will be at the Barnes and Nobles in Nashua, New Hampshire. We will be reading, crafting and signing books. So if you’re in the area please stop in and say hi!

If you aren’t in the area, here are some pictures of the monkey puppets we’ll be making. (I love puppets!) Thanks so much to Karen, the children’s librarian here in Lunenburg, MA. She is a craft goddess and was the one who helped me put this together.

These are really easy to make and also tie in nicely with our book. All you need to make one is…

A Paper Lunch Sack
Construction Paper (yellow, red and brown)
Two Google Eyes
Glue Stick
Black crayon or marker

Cut the yellow contruction paper into two small circles (about 2″ diam) for the eye area, one medium circle (about 2 1/2″ diam cut in half) for the ears and half of a large circle (about 4″ diam) for his snout.

Cut out a half circle about 2 1/2″ in diam from the red paper for a tongue.

Cut a strip of brown paper approx 1″ wide and 10″ long for a tail.

Glue the two small yellow circles onto the bottom of the paper bag as shown. Glue the large half circle to the bottom too, lining up the flat edge of the circle with the edge of the flap. Glue this piece on so it covers the bottoms of the 2 smaller circles. Then glue on the ears and the google eyes. Lift up the flap of the bag bottom and glue on his/her tongue. Don’t forget to make two dots on the center of the face to give your monkey nose holes so it can breath.

Lastly add a tail. Flip your monkey over and glue the tail to your monkey’s posterior. If you curl the paper around your finger or a pencil first it makes it nice and boingy.

Ta Da! A monkey puppet! Of course you can use paper and crayons to accessorize your monkey. You can add stuff like arms and clothes, or what about making a flying monkey? Use your imagination and put on a puppet show!

I dressed mine for the office. Now he’s ready for the corporate jungle.

I snapped this picture of all the pieces as I cut them out (Hurray for die cutters!) I spread them out to make sure I had enough of each piece. Don’t they look like happy little robot people? …You see it? …don’t you?