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This is a simple gross motor game that I hope your child will go bananas for. It can be used for learning letters, learning numbers or just for plain old indoor fun!

Feed The Funky Monkey | Free Printable Worksheets For Kids | Indoor activity to develop gross motor, literacy and number skills

Set it up

  • Paper and printer

  • Paper cup

  • Tape or glue to stick the monkey template unto the mouth of the paper cup

  • Optional but recommended: paperclips

  • Optional but recommended: print on card instead of paper

  • Optional: laminator to make the tokens more durable and add some weight when throwing

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Feed The Funky Monkey | Free Printable Worksheets For Kids | Indoor activity to develop gross motor, literacy and number skills

Start it up

Just print out the monkey face template and cut out the white circle bit where its mouth should be. This hole should then be the correct size for it to cover the mouth of a paper cup. Use your tape or glue to affix it.

Cut out the banana tokens and put a paperclip on each one to add weight and make it easier to throw.

Place the cup in a fixed place. Stand back, aim and start throwing in the banana tokens.

Honestly, it’s actually quite a difficult game!

I have included letter bananas, number bananas and blank bananas so there are a number of ways you can play this game depending on what you’re working on with your child.

For example, you could make them throw in the bananas in alphabetical order or from smallest to biggest number.

For really young kids, the blank bananas will probably be a better option for them to just have some fun working on their gross motor skills.

Feed The Funky Monkey | Free Printable Worksheets For Kids | Indoor activity to develop gross motor, literacy and number skills

Level up

Moving the cup further away will definitely make the game more challenging.

You could make older kids spell out specific words or throw in the number banana result of a simple addition sum.

To make it a group game, you could try dividing into 2 teams and printing the bananas on 2 different coloured papers. Each team member would then take turns to try to get the most bananas in. You could even do a minute-to-win-it type of race.

You could also change it up completely and use a makeshift “fishing rod” with a magnet at the end to pick up the bananas and paperclips and then feed them in, instead of throwing them in.

The options are endless!

Feed The Funky Monkey | Free Printable Worksheets For Kids | Indoor activity to develop gross motor, literacy and number skills

Pair it up

I actually made this game because we were making peanut butter chocolate and banana smoothies for breakfast that day.

Here’s the recipe I used:

1 banana

1 ½ tbsp peanut butter

½ tbsp organic raw cacao powder

½ tbsp ground flaxseed

hazelnut milk according to the thickness/consistency you want your smoothie to be

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I used the dark bitter type of real cacao powder. If you’re using cocoa powder instead of cacao then you may want to adjust the measurements a little.

Smoothies are a great way to sneak in vegetables or other nutritious ingredients that kids may not normally eat. In this case, I snuck in some flaxseed 😉

Enjoy!

Feed The Funky Monkey | Free Printable Worksheets For Kids | Indoor activity to develop gross motor, literacy and number skills

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