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

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!

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)

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:

You can get all of my Letter of the Week alphabet printables, along with daily lesson plans below!

Credit:

The cute little monkey’s used in this set are from

Mindy Terasawa at www.designerdigitals.com

1. 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!

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

3. 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.

MIchelle
4. 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 🙂

5. 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?

6. 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?

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

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

Elizabeth
9. 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?

10. 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!

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