21 Monkey Crafts For Preschoolers

Monkeys are playful, agile, full of energy, and known for their cheeky behaviour, much like our little preschoolers! Crafting is a fun exercise to channel their boundless enthusiasm into something creative and tangible, and what better way to start than some monkey-themed crafts?

We’ve brought you this compilation of 21 monkey crafts that are perfect for little hands. These crafts are easy and will keep your preschoolers entertained the whole day while they learn about these cute creatures.

21 Monkey Crafts & Activities for Toddlers, Preschoolers & Kids at Home

1. Banana Monkey Craft

Credits: Frugal Fun For Boys And Girls

Make a monkey holding a banana using pipe cleaners for the arms and legs and yellow paper for the banana.

2. Sock Monkey Puppet

Credits: wikiHow

Old socks can find new life as adorable monkey puppets! Use a brown sock and fill it with stuffing. Add buttons for the eyes, a pom-pom for the nose, and yarn for the mouth. Attach felt ears to complete the sock monkey.

3. Monkey Masks

Credits: FirstPalette

Cut out a monkey face shape from cardboard (or use a printed monkey mask template) and add holes for the eyes. You can tear up bits of brown and tan paper and glue them onto the cardboard for a textured effect.

Decorate it further with markers, paint, or stickers. Attach string or elastic to wear the mask.

4. Clay Monkey Figurines

Credits: Drawings in Action @ YouTube

Mould air-dry clay into the shape of monkeys, then paint them once they’re dry. Playdoughs are also a great alternative!

5. Paper Plate Monkey

Credits: Smashed Peas and Carrots

Use paper plates and brown paint to create the face of a cheeky monkey. Add construction paper ears and a cute curled paper tail. Big googly eyes are strongly recommended!

6. Jungle Vine Monkey

Credits: RMS Art @ YouTube

Craft monkeys that can slide or move along a vine made from yarn or string. Construction paper and tape are necessary.

7. Monkey Handprint Card

Credits: Crafty Morning

Trace your child’s handprint onto cardstock paper and cut it out. Decorate it with markers or paint to make it look like a monkey. Write a message inside to create a special card.

8. Monkey Headband

Credits: Simple Everyday Mom

Cut out a strip of paper to fit your child’s head and staple or tape it together. Add monkey ears and a face to the band, then your kid can wear it like a headband!

9. Smiling Monkey Bookmark

Credits: Red Ted Art

Make a monkey-shaped bookmark using cardstock that peeks out from the pages, with a little monkey face smiling at you.

10. Monkey Fridge Magnet

Credits: Howcast

Cut out a monkey shape from felt or paper and glue a magnet to the back. Your child can then stick it on the fridge to display their monkey craft.

11. Balloon Monkeys

Credits: The Spruce Crafts

Twist brown inflated balloons into monkey shapes, adding sticker eyes and a drawn-on mouth.

12. Monkey Cupcake Topper

Credits: PinkFish Shop

Draw monkey faces on small circles of paper and attach them to toothpicks to decorate cupcakes.

13. Monkey Puzzle

Credits: FreePrintable.com

Print out a picture of a monkey, stick it to a cardboard, and cut it into pieces. Your preschooler can then put the puzzle together to reveal the monkey picture. It’s a fun brain exercise!

14. Paper Roll Monkey

Credits: Arty Crafty Kids

Paint a paper roll brown and let it dry. Add googly eyes, a mouth, and ears using coloured paper. It’s like a cute monkey toy for your little one!

15. Monkey Rock Painting

Credits: Nicole Casaceli @ Pinterest

Ask your preschooler to find some smooth rocks from the garden, then paint them brown. Once dry, add monkey faces using markers or paint. They’re nice as pet rocks and for displaying in the garden.

16. Monkey Hats

Credits: KiX

Make paper hats with monkey faces on the front for kids to wear.

17. Monkey Felt Board

Credits: Flannel Board Fun

Create a felt board scene with a jungle and monkeys that can be moved and rearranged. Great for counting exercise!

18. Popsicle Stick Monkey

Credits: Glued To My Crafts

Paint jumbo popsicle sticks brown and glue them together to make a monkey shape. Draw a monkey face and glue it to the sticks, along with two mini clothespins for hands holding a banana-shaped cutout.

19. Monkey Colouring Pages

Credits: iHeartCraftyThings

Provide your preschoolers with a variety of monkey-themed colouring pages for a quiet and calming activity.

20. Silly K-Cup Monkey

Credits: Artsy Momma

Repurpose used K-cups by transforming them into adorable monkeys! Paint the outside of the K cup brown and let it dry. Add googly eyes, a pom-pom nose, and pipe cleaner arms and legs. Cut out felt or construction paper ears and glue them on top. Your young one can then use their silly K-cup monkey as a cute decoration or toy for pretend play.

21. Monkey Sensory Bin

Credits: jojo_binsandcrafts @ Instagram

Fill a bin with items like green sand, yellow beads, faux fur, vines, leaves, plastic monkeys, fidget bananas, and other small jungle-themed toys. This monkey sensory bin will provide hours of sensory bliss for your little chimp!

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These 21 fun monkey crafts are perfect for preschoolers to explore and develop their imaginative side while also learning about these playful animals and the diverse habitats they live in. Whether they want to make monkey masks, puppets, or figurines, hand them over the supplies and let the monkeying around begin!

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