That marvelous mischievous monkey is 75 years young this year and we are celebrating with an evening chock-full of monkey business! Ages 3-10.
Display: Curious George books
Nametags and “I’m Curious About” (curiousgeorge.com/getcurious) on cart as entered. (from curiousgeorge.com – Houghton Mifflin’s site) – encouraged families to have each member decide on something s/he was curious about then ask the librarian for books before leaving tonight…
Music as entering: A to Zoo with Curious George or Playtime Songs of Curious George
Opened by asking what “Curious” meant….then who is curious? Spys…detectivves…scientists…babies…you!
Read: Curious George (the original book)
Sang: “I like to Eat Apples & Bananas” (Raffi)
Then “the (wo)man in the yellow hat” (Eileen) walked in – big hit!
We played “The man in the yellow hat says” (Simon Says) – idea from pbs.org/parents/birthday-parties/
Then animal charades (cards from pbskids.org/curiousgeorge)
Then danced according to different instructions on”Monkey See, Monkey Do” (from pbskids.curiousgeorge) to Music for Curious George: Curiously Classical –“freezing” between each
(No time for 5 Little Monkeys)
Crafts: most from curiousgeorge.com or pbs site
- Curious George Masks
- “Fancy Footwork” Dancing Puppets
- Curious George at the Zoo activity sheet – made stick puppets with craft sticks so they could act out stories
- Curious George “act like an animal” fortune teller
- Let’s Draw Curious George (for my older kids)
- coloring sheets
Music while crafting: Curious George – Sing-a-longs and Lullabies for the film by Jack Johnson and Friends
Finally sang “Happy Birthday” with apple juice & animal crackers (3 oz. cups)
Wednesday evening program – very successful!