As our boys have gotten older, they have discovered the joy of jumping on their beds. I’m pretty sure the idea of jumping on their beds didn’t occur to them until watching a super simple youtube video of Five Little Monkeys! Since then, they have been all about jumping on the bed. I think all children enjoy jumping on the bed, and this song gives them a fun excuse!
We also have a book version of the Five Little Monkeys that we read a lot. My older son has gotten to the point where he will now sit down and “read” the book. It’s so much fun as a parent to watch the retelling.
Five Little Monkeys
Five Little Monkeys jumping on the bed (5 fingers bounce on the padding of the opposite hand)
One fell off and bumped his head (hold up one finger, then place hand on head)
Mama called the doctor and the doctor said, (pretend to make phone call)
“No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” (wave finger to the beat while using scolding voice)
(repeat with 4 monkeys, then 3 monkeys, etc.)
Skills you’re practicing:
- counting backwards and number practice
- steady beat
- different ways to use their voice
- performing actions
A couple years ago, I put together a quiet book for my son when we had a long road trip. I used this song for one of the activities in the quiet book. I found clip art on teachers pay teachers for the nursery rhyme, printed them, used a sheet protector and then added velcro to each monkey and the monkeys’ bed (you could also draw your own, if you are artistic). It’s a great way for children to practice math skills by putting the monkeys on the bed, and then taking the monkeys off one by one.
Hope you enjoy this activity! If you try it, I’d love to hear about it!