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Feed the monkey game

Duration: short

Age: , toddler, child

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Mind builder, Muscle Builder


A fun activity for kids of all ages that will help to build key skills like hand-eye coordination.

Don’t throw away that cardboard moving box just yet. This game will help boost your child’s imaginative play skills and improve their hand-eye co-ordination.

You will need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Sturdy scissors or a utility knife (adults help with this)
  • A pair of stockings or a pair of knee-high socks
  • Dried peas, beans or uncooked rice
  • Rubber bands
  • Coloured paper
  • Paints, crayons or textas

Get started!

  1. Create a monkey face on a box by sticking on one large brown circle for the head and two smaller circles on the sides for the ears.
  2. Using paints, crayons or textas add eyes and a nose.
  3. Use sturdy scissors or a utility knife (adults help with this) and cut a large opening where the mouth would be.
  4. Now fill 3-4 socks with dried peas, beans or uncooked rice and secure each one with rubber bands.
  5. To play, mark an “X” on the floor where the player will stand. Place the “monkey box” a reasonable distance from the “X” and let the children take turns feeding the hungry monkey!
  6. To increase the difficulty level, move the box further away from the marked “X” with each turn.
    Note: for younger toddlers you can simply open the lid of the box and allow them to throw the bean bags in through the lid.

Our tip – make a batch of healthy banana muffins ready for your own ‘hungry monkey’ when they’ve finished having lots of Jungle Fun