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Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson

Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson


This week we are going to read and talk about Monkey Puzzle.  If you have this book at home then don't watch this version, read your own!  Think together about different voices you can use for the different animals and try some out.  

As you read ask your child to join in when the monkey says, 'No, no, no!'.  Listen to the describing words.  Can you predict which animal the Butterfly will find next by listening to the clues?

Monkey Puzzle by Julia Donaldson

"I've lost my mum!" Oh dear, how will the little monkey find its mum?


  • How do you think the monkey felt when it couldn't find it's mum or dad? Have you ever been lost? How did you feel? Talk about your plan for what would you do if you got lost.  
  • What do you know about the lifecycle of a butterfly? Why don't the Butterfly's babies look like her?
  • Can you think of a better description of the mummy monkey?  Our literacy 2Do is all about writing clues describing animals for others to solve!
  • What do you know about jungles and rainforests? Talk about what you would like to find out...

Finding Out about Jungle and Rainforest Animals


If you have time you might like to try some of these activities to help you find out more about Jungle and Rainforest animals. Have fun!

Jungle Animal Photos

How many of these animals can you name? Where do you think they live in the jungle? What do you think they eat?  Do they live alone or in a group?

Rainforest Facts

This slideshow gives some simple but interesting facts about rainforests.  Arachnophobes might want to step away from the screen for slide 6!

Through the Binoculars

Click on the binoculars and watch carefully to see what animal is hidden.  Talk about what you can see.  Does it have big eyes? Big ears? is it in the trees or on the ground? Can you see any patterns on its body? 

What is a Rainforest Habitat - BBC Teach

Learn some interesting facts about Rainforest habitats.  Can you answer all the questions in the quiz?

Andy's Safari Adventures

Watch as Andy explores a jungle in South East Asia looking for the beautiful Black Crested Macaques.