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Best-Ever Books for Preschool Speech Therapy: Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five Little Monkeys Language Activities. The SLP is on the floor  with a crocodile puppet and four children around her as she reads the  5 Little monkeys Book.

We just finished up our Five Little Monkeys week in speech therapy with my preschoolers.

So much speech and language covered and oodles of enthusiasm!

I pulled out this unit for my Pre-K program, but my Kinders saw some of the activities and begged to do them. (I have never met a child who doesn’t love monkeys.) It was perfect for them. My second through fourth graders saw our game and wanted to play too. I love it when that happens, easy planning for me, and engagement galore.

My Favorite Five Little Monkeys Books

Eileen Christelow has written adorable books to illustrate the traditional rhymes and fingerplays, and added more adventures too! You could easily spend two weeks this unit, and there are plenty of speech and language goals to target.

My favorite titles are Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed and Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree. These books are perfect for speech therapy because they have repetitive text, simple storylines, and adorable illustrations that the children love.

First,  we read Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Speech Therapy Language Activities

The story starts out with the little monkeys getting ready for bed. They brush their teeth, Mama tucks them in and says goodnight. The little monkeys are supposed to be going to sleep, but as you probably have heard, these mischievous little monkeys start jumping on the bed as soon as Mama leaves the room.

One by one the little monkeys fall off and bump their heads in this countdown song. Five little monkeys jumping on the bed. One fell off and bumped his head. Mama makes a call to the doctor each time who admonishes, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!” My children just love that the monkeys are naughty.

We use finger puppets for the monkeys.

A felt board set or printables will work. But I have this cute little set of finger puppet monkeys that match the illustrations. It’s By Merrymakers. You can find it at many stores online including Target and Walmart. (I’m not an affiliate, and get no compensation… just want to help you locate it if you like!)

I also have a little “bed” for the monkeys. Truth…you may say stay away from the teacher giveaway table at school. (“You don’t need more stuff!”) But I scored this! Just saying.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed Speech Therapy Language Activities

If you haven’t acquired a little bed, you can easily make one for your monkeys.

To make a simple bed, just put together a cardboard box, a small soft cushion, and a few dish towels. We take turns making the monkeys jump on our bed. They fall off and get a huge bump on their head of course. Ouch!

Goals you can target with Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.

1. Articulation: this rhyme is sound-loaded with initial /m/ (monkeys, Mama, more) and “J” (jumping) for articulation practice.
2. Position concepts on/off. How many monkeys are “on” the bed? Who is off?
3. Verb + ing: jumping. What is she doing?
4. Regular past tense verbs: jumped, bumped, called
5. Irregular past tense verbs: fell
6. Regular plural: monkeys
7. Answering Where? Questions. Use finger puppets or printables to place monkeys in various places and positions. Ask “Where is the monkey?”

More Five Little Monkeys Activities

After reading our story, we went to the table for some drill work on our skills. We used our dot markers to complete this homemade motivational page. You do NOT need anything fancy to engage young children. They totally loved this activity that was hand-sketched from a picture we found.
Maybe you’re thinking you can’t draw. (Neither can I, this was sketched by my talented assistant, Susan.) So if you prefer a ready-made activity, I went ahead and made one for you! He’s fun to use with dot markers, crayons, bingo chips, or even pompoms and oversized tweezers to give him a fuzzy belly!Get this free download by clicking HERE.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed - Get this free dot marker activity
If you’ve read my blog post- Intensive Service Delivery Model for Preschool Speech Therapy, you know that I have two-hour sessions with my littles. We had several activities during our one long session, but you can absolutely target any theme across several shorter sessions.

Review and Story Re-telling

I love being able to review and ask the children to “re-tell” what we did in the last session (or at the beginning of our long session.) Bonus: You get to read the story again. Repeated storybook readings are fabulous for reinforcing vocabulary, setting up children for success in answering questions, and giving them plenty of opportunities for story re-tell.

Wrap up your session by watching this adorable video.

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed by Super Simple Simple Songs

Five Little Monkeys Language activities. The SLP is sitting on the floor, holding the 5 Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree book and a crocodile puppet with four children around her.
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If you think this was more fun than a barrel of monkeys, you will want to read about Day 2

We couldn’t neglect The Five Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree. Check out my next post: Monkeyshines in the Speech Room: Adorable Five Little Monkeys Craft and Language Activities.
You’ll find a fun craft and a link to another freebie that’s full of monkey business. Sorry, couldn’t help myself, but I think that’s all the “monkey sayings” I can muster for right now.  (Insert chuckle and a grin.)

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