This lesson for young primary students includes several activities designed to help your students learn more about monkeys.

Karen Elliot


In this lesson, children share what they know about monkeys by completing a chart. They choose the size of monkey they want to use and trace it out on cardboard and write some of the information they’ve collected on it. Afterwards, students colour and cut out their monkeys. They join them together in any combination they wish to make the monkey mobile. This activity can be used as part of World Monkey Day, which is celebrated on 14 December each year. Ideas for extending the lesson are provided below.


  • To celebrate World Monkey Day on 14 December
  • To share what the students know about monkeys, using an enquiry-based learning chart
  • To practise talking about some of the characteristics of monkeys
  • To give children drawing, writing and reading practice on the monkey template provided
  • To encourage students to find out more about monkeys and their habitats
  • To make a monkey mobile for the classroom 
  • To practise language for describing (e.g. monkeys have got long tails; they are clever; they can jump and climb; they like fruit), art and craft language (e.g. cut out the monkey; write/draw on the monkey; let’s hang the monkey here)

Age group

Young learners aged 6–8 years 


CEF level A1


The lesson plan and student worksheets are available to download in PDF format below. In addition, you will need:

  • Coloured cardboard for the monkeys, scissors and string to hang the first monkeys from the wall or ceiling
  • Optional: coloured pencils, pens or crayons to colour the monkeys
  • LearnEnglish Kids website (see links below)

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