Caps for sale

Friday, September 2, 2011

Caps for sale


Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys and Their Monkey BusinessWe took a week to read through & explore the classic - Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina! We had a BLAST! So much fun stuff to do with this great book! Here is how we learned & explore through all the disciplines. I hope it helps to give you some ideas for fun, creative, educational ideas with your own little ones! 

BIBLE  - Read, traced & talked about what the Bible has to say about Anger & working hard.

"A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control." Proverbs 29:11
"A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest— and poverty will come on you like a bandit and scarcity like an armed man." Proverbs 6:10-11
  • Balance hats on our head
  • Play Monkey in the Middle

  • Have banana covered with chocolate on stick

Language Arts
·  Resources from Homeschool Creations. Jolanthe has done it again! A wonderful, creative, variety of worksheets/activities to go alongside BFIAR. I love her creativity in putting these together, the clip art, and the variety! And these are FREE!! Our favorites were the prewriting pages, key words from story tracer sheets, Rhyming Match-up, Which stack of hats is the tallest - practice with a ruler, Practicing colors with Caps, Money Graphing game.
Good Reads to check out from your library or order from Amazon:
Science Kids: Apes and MonkeysScience: 
  • Read about monkeys - I really like this Apes & Monkeys book by Barbara Taylor. Did you know....
          • Apes don't have tails, monkeys do
          • Monkey live in various habitats: forests, mountains, grasslands, and swamps
          • Chimpanzees eat termites. We made a Termite Tower from toilet paper rolls & the kids sucked up candies with straws!!
          • National Geographic's Jane Goodall: My Life With the Chimpanzees [VHS]Monkeys use tools
          • Chips have special friends & they give hugs!
          • Baby organutans live with their mothers 7-9 years with no other playmates
          • There are over 130 different monkeys
          • African & Asian monkeys have hard pads on their bottoms to help them sleep sitting up
          • Baboons eat other monkeys, birds, and small antelope
  • Watched National Geographic video on Jane Goodall we checked out from the library.
  • Monkey Parts for Lapbook from 1plus1plus1equals1- Minnie practiced identifying her body parts
  •  Drew pictures of monkeys & their various habitats

Social Studies:
  • Community Helper Hats Match-up (Who's hat Flip Book For Lapbook
  • Identified on a map where monkeys live (Africa, Asia, South America

·     Roll Dice & graph money – which coin gets 10 first? by Homeschool Creations - Both the kiddos really liked this game! We played a lot; so we practiced with money a lot!
·    Ways to Make 50 cents (Practice with money - Goofy)
·    Minnie lined up the monkeys smallest to largest, told me which was in the middle, practiced telling right from left, etc. We used Arranging Monkeys by Height  from 1plus1plus1equals1 (seriously check out her great resources!!)
·    Minnie (3) practiced counting to 10  with Counting Monkey 1-10 from 1plus1plus1equals1 (She also has a LOT of other wonderful resources to make your own Monkey or Caps for sale lapbook!!)
·    Measure which stack of hats is the tallest from Homeschool Creations
      ·     Monkey with Velcro hats for lapbook – have kids “pay” for hats they take off

·         Colors mini-book for lapbook from Homeschool Creations
·         Make tree with thumbprint monkeys in a tree as seen at  Delightful Learning 
       I created the Spanish vocabulary practice sheet. Feel free to use it if it works for your family! We really enjoyed the Monkeys CD. Lots of classic kids songs with great music.
    Five Little Monkeys

I think we could have spent a couple weeks as there was so much fun stuff to do!!


  1. So fun! Lots of wonderful activities. Love the extra printables you made! Thanks for linking to me too! =)

  2. So many great ideas!! :) Thanks for sharing ~ we're doing chocolate bananas too. :)

  3. Great unit. I love the flip book and additions you made. I'll have to keep this in mind for the future. Thank you for letting us access your printables.

  4. Wow BFIAR really looks great, I have been looking into it to use with my daughters. I love seeing all of the great extension activities that go along with these amazing titles. I host stART each week on my blog and this really goes along with how I think children learn best! Looking forward to seeing more of the great things that you do! So glad I found your blog :)

  5. Just found your blog...LOVE it!!! Thanks for all the hard work you are sharing with everyone. Really great resource for me since I have a 5 and 3 yo. Thanks again!

  6. I was at a loss what to do when I selected this literature for lapbooking till I found your blog.

    Thank you very much for posting the details of your lapbook and the various links. Love it!

  7. I'm rowing this one this coming week. I love seeing everything that other families are doing! Thank you for the great ideas!