Thursday, February 9, 2012

5 Little Monkeys

Five Little Monkeys Play Hide and Seek by Eileen Christelow is one in a series of books about the antics of five brothers and sisters and their mama.
In this story, the fun-loving siblings work together to stay up past their bedtime playing just one more game. Sound familiar?

The rhyming, repetitive text encourages the audience to join in and read along. Expressive illustrations show the silliness of the monkeys and their cooperative sitter. Counting together is just another bonus of this engaging book. It begs to be read aloud to one, five, or a whole room full of "monkeys".

Game Extension Idea:
Hide and Seek is an easy game to play outside or inside, with a couple children or a whole class.
Math skills are practiced as the person designated as "it" counts from 1 to 10 or higher. To add some challenge for older children, you can count backwards from a chosen number, or count by 2s, 5s, or 10s.
To add another element to the game try one of these ideas:
Hide a music box and and have the children try to locate it by listening.
Hide several objects with a common characteristic (color, shape, size) and have the children look for something that fits that description.

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