Five Little Monkeys
Sitting in a Tree
3 Back to School Games & 3 Activities
I made these games and activities to do with my kindergartners the first day of school. I wanted them to learn a song/chant the first day that they could share at home. Also, I wanted a book that they would enjoy. This book, Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree, by Eileen Christelow has always been a favorite of my children along with all the other Five Little Monkey books. I also wanted activities that the children would be
comfortable doing the first day.
I plan to 1st read the book, then show Five Little Monkeys
Nursery Rhyme – Turtle Interactive on YouTube. I will then teach the children the song/chant. I have included the characters and pieces from the story. I am going to put magnets on the back and place them on my magnet board to use during the song. I will have the children put up 5 fingers and put one down as each monkey goes away. I have included the number cards 1 – 5 to use in counting the monkeys. The children will put the correct number under the monkeys. We will then play the ‘Snap’ game whole group. There is also a Roll and Cover independent game included. I am hoping that they will be able to do this on their own so I can do some assessment.
Snap – A Number Recognition Game (0 - 10)
An alligator container can be made with a Cascade Action
Pac Dishwasher Container. You can find the pattern and
http://www.makinglearningfun.com Go to themes and then alligators/crocodiles. You could use some other container/box and glue the pieces on it. Copy the number cards 2 to 3 times and the snap card sheet one time on cardstock and laminate them. Place the cards inside the alligator container. You can use the numbers you think are best for your class.
You can play this in small group or whole group. I plan to use it whole group the 1st day of school. The children will sit in a circle on the floor. The alligator container will be passed. The following chant will be said.
Little Monkeys, Little Monkeys
Up in the tree.
Look in Mr. Alligator’s mouth.
What do you see?
The child will reach in and get a card. They will name the number. If they don’t know it, I will help them. If a child draws a ‘Snap Card, all the children will hold their arms straight out together and open them and shut them (like an alligator) saying, “Snap, snap!” The child will then place the snap card in front of them on the floor. Play will continue. When 3 ‘Snap’ cards have been drawn the game is over. I have made this game where there is not a winner. I didn’t want children feeling like they lost on the first day. I just wanted a fun activity.
This game can also be played like “Bang!” When a child doesn’t know a number, they put it back in the alligator’s mouth. If they get ‘Snap’ they put all of their cards in the mouth.
Where’s Mr. Alligator? A Number Recognition Game (0 – 10)
Place the number cards in a pocket chart. Hide the alligator card behind one of the number cards. The children will take turns guessing where the alligator is by naming the number they think it is behind and turning it over to see. The children will keep guessing until the alligator is found.
Roll, Say, Color - A Number Recognition Game (1 – 6)
This can either be played independently or in a small group.
Independently – the child will roll either a 1 – 6 number die or 1 – 6 dot dice. The child will roll the die, count the dots or match the number, and color the monkey that has that number on it.
Small Group – The children will take turns rolling a die. They will do the same as above. The first child to color all their monkeys wins.
The children will place the monkey cards in a row and place the number cards under them to count them.
The children will order the number cards 1 – 10.
Put magnets on the back of the storytelling pieces and retell the story on a magnetic board.