I am delighted to be teaming up with Nature’s Path to share with you a fab Easy Monkey Paper Puppet with Templates. Nature’s Path, the organic and gluten-free expert, is bringing its two well-loved kids cereals ‘Envirokidz’, to the UK. Already family favourites in Canada and the US, Leapin’ Lemurs and Choco Chimps are delicious organic and gluten-free breakfast cereals with an environmental heart. Choco Chimps is a delicious combination of fair trade chocolate and organic corn, while Leapin’ Lemurs is a tasty mix of organic corn, chocolate, and peanut butter! The MiniMads have been putting the Envirokidz cereal to the test and LOVE it.
We love the company’s mantra of “Always leave the earth better than you found it” and the fact that the cereal is made using methods that do not involve synthetic pesticides or chemical fertilizers. 1% of the sales of Envirokidz is donated to support endangered species and environmental education for children worldwide. Both of the boys really love Choco Chimps as they have a lovely crunch and chocolaty taste but they are not over sweet (perfect for Maxi who is usually a porridge boy)! Mini likes the fact that they do not go soggy when you add the milk.
So inspired by the delicious Choco Chimps we decided to make a monkey or more appropriately a chimp paper puppet. A couple of months ago I spent the day with Maggy from Red Ted Art and made one of her Elf Paper Puppets and have been desperate to make and design my own since. I loved how animated it was and a chimp who could swing his arms seemed perfect for this collaboration.
Easy Monkey Paper Puppet with Templates
- Hole punch
- Monkey paper puppet template (print on cardstock or why not print on paper and recycle a Choco Chimps box by sticking the paper to it)
- Brads/ split pins
- Bakers/Butchers Twine
- A large blunt needle
How to make Monkey Paper Puppet
We have two monkey paper puppet templates for you, a coloured one or a black and white one so you can colour it in or paint it yourself.
If you have a laminator then you can use cardstock and laminate your puppet. Otherwise, print it on paper and reuse the cardboard cereal box. Firstly decided which template to use. Children will adore colouring their own monkey in.
Then print it out and cut out all the parts.
If laminating now is the perfect time to do that.
Alternatively using a glue stick adhere the paper to your cardboard cereal box and cut out.
Using your hole punch, make holes for the moving parts. There are four in the body, one each in the arms and legs. These are marked on the template for ease.
Now you need to thread your bakers/butchers twine on to your needle. This is why it needs to have a large eye!
Next, take the thread and put from one arm to the next using the marks provided (If you are unsure how to thread your puppet there is a great tutorial here with video too). Make sure the monkey’s arms are down not outstretched and tie off the twine. Then do the same for the legs. Add a brad/split pin to connect your monkey’s arms and legs.
Finally, you have to tie a piece of your twine from the piece connecting the arms to the piece connecting the legs. It needs to be a long piece so it dangles down for you to pull to make the monkey dance! This might take a little trial and error, but it is worth it.
We had so much fun making and then playing with our puppets.
Giveaway – Become a Chimpanzee Guardian for 12 months
Every time you buy one of Nature’s Path’s EnviroKidz products, 1% of the sales are donated to support endangered species, habitat conservation, and environmental education for kids worldwide. To date, they have raised over $2.3 million to help their partnering organizations with educational and protection efforts.
I have teamed up with Nature’s Path to offer you the chance to win the opportunity to be Chimpanzee Guardian for 12 months and also 2 packs of Choco Chimps in a children’s rucksack.
Choco Chimps and Leapin’ Lemurs are available from Tesco stores nationwide at a RRP of £2.99.