SEP
13
2010

# Letter M for Monkey

I’ve had several requests to issue an alternative to my Letter M for m&m;’s activities due to dietary restrictions, so with that, I present to you the Letter M for Monkeys!

Currently, I do not plan to change this in my Letter of the Week curriculum unless there’s an uproar and everyone would prefer monkey’s to m&m;’s. So for now this option is a stand alone, download as you like letter set. Hope you like it!

Letter M Memory Verse:
“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” John 10-27

For our verses and accompanying games/stories we use the following books:
ABC Memory Verses & My ABC Bible Verses

Read Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and put up the letter M on our Alphabet Tree! You can download my small alphabet letters here.

Large Floor Numbers: These are 8x10ish and I cut them out and put them on the floor in mixed or numerical order. Then we play a game where I call out a number and she hops to it! Great for number recognition and a little exercise as well!

Letter M Tracing: I laminate this and use with Expo Dry Erase Markers for pre-writing practice skills.

Letter M Cutting Practice: Simple, just practice cutting along the lines.

Letter M Magnet Page: I use these magnets from Amazon: 100 Pcs Power Magnets

Monkey Pattern Activity: Cut out the attached pieces and continue the pattern!

Monkey Puzzle: There are cut-lines on this puzzle to make a fairly simple 6 piece puzzle.

Large Letter Lacing cards: I laminate these and then hole punch every inch or so. We also discovered we could build the letters using our 1″ building cubes, we do alternating colors to make a pattern at the same time! 2 for 1! Click here to download the A-Z large Letter Lacers.

Monkey Counting: Simply count the monkeys on each card then put the correct number on them! I put velcro dots on the blank part of the cards as well as the numbers so they stay on.

Monkey Shape puzzles: I laminate these then cut them in half in various ways to make cute little puzzles.

Monkey Number Cards: You can use these little guys in a couple ways; Have your child put them in numerical order, put mini-clothes pins on them (the correct number of pins based on the number on the card) or colored paperclips, or hey, even m&m;’s!

Monkey Letter Matching: I use uppercase disks and lowercase letter disks with this game. If you’re looking for more challenge, give this game to your student as a capital/lowercase matching game by using the uppercase card with the lowercase letter disks or visa versa! Click here to see the process of making the letters.

Monkey Lacing Cards: I laminate this one for sure, just for durability. Teach your child how to make patterns while lacing, for example go in-out-in-out, or always go up from the bottom, see the different lacing patterns you can make!

Monkey Size Sort: Simple, just put the m&m;’s in order smallest to biggest, then visa versa!

Capital/Lowercase Mm sorting game: Use the game pieces on page 2 of this download to sort the capital and lowercase M’s.

Monkey Pre-Writing Skills: I laminate these, then hole punch the upper left corner, and bind with a keyring. Then we use dry-erase to practice our pre-writing skills.

Monkey Building Cards: These activities are great for spatial relations, patterns, logical reasoning, geometric concepts, & computation skills. Page 2 contains monkey cards that you can use to build/copy the pattern on the building card.

Letter M Do-A-Dot page: We use Do-a-Dot Art Markers with this!

Monkey Coloring Sheet: Can be used with markers, crayons, paint or whatever else you would like!

Letter Collage Worksheets: The down load includes letters A-Z as well as a collage idea sheet. We use the collage items as objects to decorate our letters for an alphabet book. We also color, paint, and stamp them. Since we use both upper and lowercase, I have provided both for you! Click here to download the Letter Collages:

Foam Letter Builders: I cut the shapes from foam and let her use them to make the letters. You could also use my Magnetic Letter Builders as well!

11 x 11 Pin Geoboard: We use these to make letters, numbers, shapes etc!

Science Experiment:
1. Floating M’s: check out Candy Experiments for a fun science project with m&m;’s! (p.s.. they have lots of other fun ideas too!)
2. Color Separation (Chromatography)

Crafts and more letter M ideas!

Family Fun Night:
Moose Munch Moose Munch can be anything you like. When I make it, I just pop some popcorn and mix it with other things that the kids like. You can use M & M’s, nuts, pretzels, etc. Put it into baggies and the kids will think it is real Moose Munch. (If you want to try some grown-up Moose Munch, you have got to try Harry and David’s Moose Munch.)

Movie Night:

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For more preschool ideas and activities click on the button below to visit Preschool Corner!

Note: The sweet little monkey’s used in this set are from Mindy Terasawa at www.designerdigitals.com

1. This is perfect for my Chicka Chicka Boom Boom theme right now. Wahoo!

2. My daughter would be happy w/ either one. I'm sure she'd take the m&m;'s over monkeys though =)I'll just print some of these rotate them thru the week of M, not a problem

3. Erica,Thanks so much! We are one of the families with "dietary restrictions". My son loves monkeys so this will be excellent activities for him.Blessings,Karen H

4. Anonymous says:

Wow! I absolutely LOVE these monkey printables and I know my little guy will too! Thank you so much for your generous gifts. I tell everyone I meet about your blog and about all the wonderful activities and workbox ideas you have. Thanks again!

5. Thanks!!! We don't have dietary issues but I was not fond of m&m;'s.The monkey is just perfect!

6. These are adorable, we may have to do monkeys eating M&M;'s.

7. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 7 post on Sep. 13, 2010. Thanks again.

8. They are SO cute! My kids will love them. We are one of the families with dietary restrictions, specifically allergies to dairy and corn syrup. Thanks so much for doing the monkeys so we can continue enjoying the curriculum!

9. That is really cute! You gave me a lot of really great ideas thanks.

10. Wow, this looks so fun! I was wondering, I ordered the program ad wasn't able to upload it. I ordered it and then went out of town for a few days, then I came home to download it and it wouldn't let me. Please let me know what I can do! ThanksKendrathe things i love most at gmail dot com

11. the M&M;'s were cool but the monkeys are adorable!! can't wait to get to M! We started school last week and all is going well.. even with a newborn! thanks for your encouragement!

12. I'm so excited about this! I was planning to skip M&Ms; because of my son's sensitivity to Red 40. Now we have an alternative. And I'd take monkey bread over M&Ms; any day! 😉

13. The monkeys are fabulous and I am so happy. I had just skipped over the letter M before, because M&M;'s weren't going to work for us. Thank You!

14. these monkeys are so cute! can't wait til we get to M! :)Thanks for all you do!*kelly

15. Wahoo! These are the monkeys on my blog, "Our Little Monkeys". We couldn't be more excited to have an M is for Monkey theme. THANKS!!!!!!!

16. Dawn: I know aren't they cute, I had to get them as soon as I saw them! Love your blog, it's too cute!

17. Very cute blog! This is my first time running into your blog and I am very impressed with the curriculum you've developed for the little ones. I will be back again soon. Love the letter M activities.

18. Sarah says:

these are so cute….I use them as "quiet" activities at church too ….my little monkeys will love these too!

19. Kendra: I sent new links an instructions, if you don't get them and see this comment instead, please email me! Thanks

20. Oh my goodness these are adorable!!Where do you find your graphics???

21. Thank you so so so much for this! My son has a severe peanut allergy and since M&M;'s are a may contain nut thing they're a naughty word to even say in our house until he's at least 5 plus he's my little monkey and loves monkeys :). Thank you thank you!

22. THANK YOU!! These are adorable! We can't eat M&M;'s here either so thanks for the alternative.

23. MIchelle says:

I do not have kids with allergies but my niece does and I know how hard it is on families. These monkeys are just so cute. I love them. thanks for you willingness to share and do for others.

24. oo very fun!! I liked the other one.. chocolate :-).. but these monkeys are too cute! My son doesn't like m&m;'s and loves monkeys so this will be a huge hit 🙂

25. Hello. Do you use regular rubberbands for your geoboard? I can find a board used, but it does not come with bands and I was wondering if regular ones will work or snap and break?

26. Hello. Do you use regular rubberbands for your geoboard? I can find a board used, but it does not come with bands and I was wondering if regular ones will work or snap and break?

27. The Fabulous Side: Yes, you can use regular rubber bands on the geo-boards. You can find colorful ones at Wal-mart.

28. Elizabeth says:

thanks for the change!! We too are one of the families with dietary restrictions!! Thanks for your hard work!

29. Thanks so much for doing this! I LOVE the monkey stuff, and my little ones happen to be really into monkeys! :)I was wondering if at any point you might be planning to do a similar alternative for "G for gum"? My kids don't even know what gum is (we're in the UK) and I would never buy any or encourage them to be interested in it! I am not sure what alternative would be good, and I hate to suggest extra work for you! I just wondered if you would consider an alternative for gum for the letter G?

30. Hi Alice,Thanks for the request, but no, at this time I don’t have any plans to re-do the letter g for gum, I’m sorry! I will put your email in my suggestion box for future though :o)Thanks!

31. Thank you so much for these monkey Mm activities. I will use them with my kiddos but I will also do the M&M;'s too!!!

32. the monkeys are CUTE! i was skipping the m&m; theme bc of my son's milk allergies. so this will be a great alternative!

33. LOVE your ideas for preschoolers. Thanks so much!

34. What more can i said but a BIG THANK YOU!!!! The monkey is so so cute. My dd loves it very much!!!! You are AMAZING!!!!

35. ~Love your monkey unit for letter Mm. Thanks so much for sharing! 🙂

36. Luciana says:

(The Monkey Puzzle link isn’t working)

37. Jackie says:

Thank you for the monkeys! We don’t have any dietary restrictions, but try to teach and model healthy eating. I managed to get through gum ball week with no gum balls and jelly bean week with just a few jelly beans, but it’s great to have a non-candy M! And monkeys may inspire me to pack up for another zoo trip!

38. Rachel Q says:

Well, I guess I’mr really late finding this, but my 4 y.o. is all about monkeys! He is going to love this!
Thanks so much =)

39. Shannon says:

Someone may have said this already. I love the monkeys and the M&Ms, BUT M&Ms starts with the /e/ sound and I think that is confusing. I think since we are teaching phonics sounds to go with the letter name the monkeys is a much better alternative. I am not complaining, but I think it would be great if this were part of the original download or if there was a way to download it all at once (maybe there is a link for that that I am not seeing). Love the monkeys! They will probably be my favorite for the whole year!

40. Carol says:

I was working on making my “print” list for “M-N-O” last night and wondered about the “m’s.” Thank you for providing a monkey alternative … it will be much better for my little monkey boy!

41. Great ideas! Just wanted to let you know that your Amazon Widget appears to be broken on this page.

42. Jac says:

43. Nicci Patrick says:

I cant seem to get anything to download. It takes me to another page but then says the link is no longer available. I am in love with these printables and would love to download them for my daughter. Can someone help me/?

44. Tracey says:

Oh I am so glad I thought to check whether you had other m worksheets. I just downloaded your full preschool pack and starting with m. Dietary restrictions did mean I couldn’t use m&m’s. I was so bummed that I was going to have to make my own stuff for the week. I understand not changing your pack. Could you include both in it, or put a red note on the cover page of the m&m one saying there is the m is for monkey available on your website?

But thanks so much for making an alternative.

45. Alicia says:

I was wondering if there was any way to get the Monkey Counting activity? Every time I try to get it from the link you provide, it says “The file link that you requested is not valid.”
I love all the activities that you provide and want to thank you for all your hard work and willingness to share!

• erica says:

Hi Alicia, I think I got the link fixed, sorry for the inconvenience 🙂

46. Jennifer VanHorn says:

Hi Erica!
I bought your LOTW bundle before you came out with the monkey theme. I am trying to download the monkey (M) files off of your website but it keeps sending me to a 4shared.com website with a ton of adds and links….is that right? It’s different than all the other downloads I have done so I wasn’t sure if you changed things up. I would love to have these files for my second son but am having trouble getting to the files. Is there any way to email me just the Monkey ones? Thanks
Jennifer VanHorn

• erica says:

Yes, unfortunately 4shared used to be a good site, but now it’s really hard to tell where to click. If you send me an email I will send you a screen shot of which button to click on. Don’t download any other software though!

• Joanne B says:

Hi Ericia, I’m also trying to get the monkey sheets and 4shared wants my emails or my Facebook acct details which we don’t want to share I also bought the letter of the week and would love this to be added into it as included download as this is really frustrating me..is there any other way? dropbox or google drive?

• erica says:

Hi Joanne,
You do have to create a 4shared account to download the files. It’s just a way to stop spammers. But I don’t think you have to do facebook logins, just create an account using your email.

47. Kristen says:

Hi there! I love your M is for Monkey pack! However we’ve had myself, my mom and my husband (who’s vocation is in computer software) trying to figure out the 4shared site and are unable to download it. Any chance you could email these cute monkey items to me? Also, in case no one has let you know, when we click on your links above and are redirected to the 4shared site there is immediately a picture of a pretty scantily clad woman with the word F**K flashing across her breasts…Yikes! I know you aren’t in control of the ads that 4shared presents but wanted you to be aware of the feedback in case you consider using a different file sharing service in the future.

Have a great day!

• erica says:

Hi Kristen,
I apologize, Unfortunately I cannot control the ads on 4shared and have contacted them repeatedly. I’m in the process of looking for a new way to host my free files however it is quite a bit of work to get everything moved to a new host. Again I’m sorry for any offensive materials on their website, like I said they are a free file sharing service and I have no control over their sidebar advertising. Obviously I don’t condone that type of material in any way and like I said I am working to get my files moved. In the meantime, if you would like to email me I can help you navigate all of their sharing buttons so you can get the file downloaded. Unfortunately I can’t email it as the files are too large.