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Barrel of Monkeys

Barrel of Monkeys
To be honest, I never thought about buying a barrel of monkeys for B. Grandma introduced him to his first barrel and I thought it was a big mess for one little game. Fast forward 3 months and I’m so happy that we had those monkeys! B came up with so many different ways to use them.
Barrel of Monkeys
First, you can link them together in the intended way from random places – handles, hooks, knobs, etc. String them together and use them to practice counting.
Second, tie a string between two chairs and hang them on the string (pictured above). This is great for fine motor skill development.
barrel of monkeys
You can sort them by color. These are hanging from the basketball net.
barrel of monkeys
You can use them to make patterns.
barrel of monkeys

Our favorite game to play with the monkeys is to hang them from the bottom of the basketball hoop and shoot the ball to see how many we can knock off. Fun!
So many ways to play AND learn!

Also, here is a Barrel of Monkeys printable from Making Learning Fun that focuses on matching colors.


Monday 4th of October 2010

How funny! I love open-ended toys like that.

Jackie H.

Friday 1st of October 2010

I have a set of those. I've never known what to do with them! A sort of strange guy that I dated before I met my husband gave them to me as a gift. (he was not more fun than a barrel of monkeys.) I kept them for some reason. I guess now I have a reason!!;)


Tuesday 28th of September 2010

LOVE the basket ball hoop game idea! Looks like I'm gonna have to buy more monkeys! Found your site via My Delicious Ambiguity and am SO GLAD! You have some WONDERFUL ideas!


Tuesday 28th of September 2010

We still have our Barrell of Monkeys and even our Toy Story Barrell of Monkey's. I can't tell you have much fun we had with them, and you know what, I bet if I were to bring them out right now, one or all of my children would start playing.


Monday 27th of September 2010

awesome!...we have some but i never thought of using them as a learning tool...thanks for the great ideas!