Monkeys love to pick bugs and little eggs out of their friends’ fur and eat them. It’s called nit picking. Their arm-spread is longer than the length of their whole body. They easily arm-walk through the trees. They also knuckle-walk on the forest floor.
- Bend your knees and squat down on your feet. Walk around. Lead with your long arms and jump with your bent legs. On a soft surface, try ‘knuckle walking.’
- Check each other for bugs and nits. Pick them out and pretend to eat them.
- Make monkey sounds. Roll your lips away. Bare your teeth. Breathe with a “he he he” sound.
- Make monkey lips and breathe with a “who, who, who sound.” Go back and forth.
You’ve cleaned each other up and fed yourselves too. Good monkeys! Reward yourself with a banana!
Activity Ideas for Home or Classroom
Bridge of Diamonds
Cooperation and taking care of one another is a good idea for all living things.
You picked ___ nits. Your friend picked ___. How many nits did you pick together?
Sing to the melody of Five Little Monkeys.
“Bug pickin chimps went swinging through the trees.
They laughed and sang and breathed hee-hee.
Cleaned their fur til their coats were nit-free
Then shared big bananas for all to see.”