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Year: 2019

Five Cheeky Monkeys Number Rhyming Set

Five Cheeky Monkeys Number Rhyming Set
£39.54 from Early Years Resources

https://www.earlyyearsresources.co.uk/literacy-c17/rhymes-and-songs-c366/five-cheeky-monkeys-number-rhyming-set-p51513

This set includes the following:
• 1 crocodile finger puppet.
• 5 monkey finger puppets.
• An A6 illustrated rhyme card with activity suggestion on the reverse.
• A silky shiny fabric bag which opens out to create a 60cm circular play pond.

When we received this set at 4 Cheeky Monkeys we knew it would be popular. We obviously love anything ‘monkey related’ plus singing and dancing’s our favourite.

The finger puppets are the perfect size for children’s little fingers to explore and investigate.

The activity was an immediate success used both by individual children and small groups (we even caught a few adults having a closer look at the puppets when their children had gone to play elsewhere).

Parents and our centre manager sang the song for children who hadn’t heard it before and it’s became a popular, interactive activity engaging both adults and children.

This activity encourages: speech, language, number skills, problem solving, fine motor skills, builds imagination plus so much more. Children have enjoyed playing with it alone and with other children.

This set would be great in the car to entertain children while you’re driving or equally in the evening as part of your bedtime routine.

 

 

Parent/carer feedback:
‘Great interactive activity. I feel it would be a lot better if maybe there was a tree and maybe some extra blue cloth to go in the swamp for water effect. Really enjoyed singing the song with my grandchildren.’

‘Lovely puppet set. My little girl is 3 years old and was excited to see the puppets. She was enthusiastic to play with them. She joined in with singing the song and used her hands to show how many monkeys were left. She also liked to hide the monkeys under the cloth, great activity – may invest in one myself for bedtime stories.’

‘Great interaction between myself and my daughter! She loved the crocodile ‘eating’ her fingers with the puppets on. You’ll be able to have a good laugh and good sing along with these.’

‘Loved this to sing along and act out the crocodile snapping at the monkeys! Lots of fun to be had!’

‘The monkeys and the crocodile is a good toy, it engages little ones with counting, singing. The puppet element works well with my 2.5 year old. More props would be beneficial to help with imaginative play: blue cloth for water, a different textured cloth for the tree. This would engage more sensory elements for younger children.’

‘ Having done this activity it was fun and my little one really enjoyed it.’

From 4 Cheeky Monkeys: ‘A huge thank you to Early Years Resources we’ve enjoyed having this activity out in our sessions. Listening to the children/adults singing, interacting together, laughing and ultimately having lots of fun has been a joy.’

 

Dinosaur Weaving Frames Special Offer Set

The Dinosaur Weaving Frames Special Offer Set from Early Years Resources
https://www.earlyyearsresources.co.uk/art-craft-c338/outdoor-art-c1870/dinosaur-weaving-frames-special-offer-p19361

This set includes the following frames:
• Pterodactyl Weaving Frame
• T Rex Weaving Frame
• Stegosaurus Weaving Frame.
(The dinosaurs are also available individually. )

When these arrived at 4 Cheeky Monkeys we were really impressed by the size and quality of the frames.

At first we puzzled how best to set up the activity, our building has wooden beams on the ceiling so we decided to attach string to a beam and dangle the frame: this meant children could come and go as they wanted and access both sides of the frame. You could also do this with a hook attached to a door frame (perfect for a childminder/parent/carer)

We had a few ribbons tied onto the top of the frame so that children could weave these as and when they wished, and then lots of loose ribbon for them to choose from.

The activity was an immediate success used both by individual children and small groups (we even caught a few adults weaving when their children had gone to play elsewhere).

Weaving is all about the process and not the end product, children needed very little support once shown what to do.
Look at this fabulous T-Rex the children collectively worked on during our Wednesday morning stay and play

 


The children’s efforts are clearly displayed, what a colourful result.

It was lovely to hear from a grandmother that attended a morning session and later told us… while waiting to go into nursery school her granddaughter had said the willow structure in the nursery school garden looked like the weaving she had done that morning because the branches went in and out of each other.

Weaving proved rich in extending language and communication, especially when adults were present to facilitate it, using words such as in, out, forward, backwards, through, front, back, over, short, long. You could use words such as horizontal and vertical with slightly older children.

When group weaving older children (aged 4) worked together pushing the ribbons back and forth through the holes to each other problem solving and communicating together.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parent/carer feedback:

‘my 4 year old really enjoyed threading the dinosaur – she liked choosing the different ribbons/crepe paper and it kept her attention for a long time. She said it was great!’

‘Ava enjoyed picking out different colours and textures of ribbons, beads and chains. She pointed out that it was a dinosaur underneath it all. She spent a good 20 minutes doing this activity, fab.’

‘My son loved this, he roared all the way through it and said he was talking to the dinosaur because they were friends’

‘What a fantastic activity I’m a childminder and it was lovely to do an activity that all the children in my care engaged in. It was brilliant to observe each child’s fine motor skills and problem solving especially the older children helping and explaining to the younger ones what they needed to do. Thank you for providing amazing educational activities. We love it here’

From 4 Cheeky Monkeys: ‘A huge thank you to Early Years resources we’ve enjoyed having these out in our sessions and we’re looking forward to using the frames in our outdoor play (once dry weather arrives) threading twigs, long grass, plant stems, bendy sticks and pipe cleaners.’