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Caps for Sale ~ A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Buisness {Before FI♥AR}

"Caps! Caps for Sale. Fifty cents a cap."

This is a catchy phrase and I found myself repeating it long after we read the story each day. I had never read (nor heard of) this story before, but I was delighted with the surprise turn in the story - and so were my children. We listened to the audio version as well and liked some of the catchy tunes that went along with it, but it made the story much longer - a little too long. So I read it each day and had the little ones help me with the repeated parts - especially the "tsz, tsz, tsz" from the monkeys.

Our activities this week focused on counting, coins, colors and of course, monkeys.

Balancing Act:

We balanced pillows on our heads like the peddler does with his caps! They thought this was funny. =)

Make 50 Cents:

I made a Ways To Make Fifty Cents coin rubbing activity to go along with this book, since the caps are 50 cents each.

I had to help Malachi with the pennies - that was a lot of coin rubbing. But it gave him a great picture of how much 50 cents is.

Matching Caps
This activity came from HSS originally, but it is no longer available. (Sorry!)

We also did some monkeying around:

Monkey See, Monkey Do

Although not specifically mention in the book, the concept of "monkey see, monkey do" is in the book and is mentioned in the songs that go along with the audio reading, so we played a game of Monkey See, Monkey Do. Each child took turns being the monkey or the peddler and the monkey copied everything the peddler did. They loved this simple game.

Monkeys in a Tree Craft



I got this idea from the FIAR boards in the archives section, but when I saw Susana's 5 little fingerprint monkey's jumping on the bed, I knew I wanted to do this. They painted a tree and I cut it out and glued it onto cardstock. Then they made fingerprint monkeys and leaves. I drew in the details for Mali, but Elli wanted to draw the de(tails) on her monkeys. =)

5 Little Monkey Tot Pack from 1+1+1=1

Monkey Parts




What Color Does Monkey Like?


First we read the book, and then we focused on the colors from the story - putting the colors of the caps the peddler wore on his head in the same order.


Then they played "5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed" and my two little monkeys thought it would be fun to jump on Elli's bed.


Activities from the author's website:


Malachi did several worksheets that I printed from the author's website.

Create a Memory:

Mini Banana Cream Pies
This is our first treat this year that contains sugar - and I let it be a good one. (smile) Organic banana pudding/pie mix, mini organic chocolate chip cookies - one on the bottom for the "crust", followed by sliced bananas and then the pudding, homemade whipped cream and more cookies on top followed by all natural chocolate sprinkles. (big smile) To say they loved these would be an understatement.

Monkey Pops


We also made these frozen banana pops - to make these I melted chocolate, whipping cream, and agave nectar together and then dipped the frozen bananas in the chocolate mixture and rolled the bananas in chocolate sprinkles. They were really good. Malachi said, with a big smile on his face, "I am always going to remember that you made these." =)

This is our 5th week of using B4FIAR, and I think I am ready for a break. So my plan is to take the next week off (and hope for sunny weather.)

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