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.
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.
You can sort them by color. These are hanging from the basketball net.
You can use them to make patterns.
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.