Monkey Tree

What's a monkey's favorite treat? Make this ingenious monkey craft where the monkey is climbing his favorite tree to get his favorite fruit - Bananas!
Monkey Tree craft

Materials

  • Paper cup
  • Green construction paper (12" x 18")
  • Green craft foam (12" x 9")
  • Printable card stock
  • Crayons or paint
  • Hole punch
  • Scotch tape
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Craft scissors (optional)

Safety Tips

  • Watch out for this sign Ask for an adult's help. It means adult help is needed for the particular step.

Steps

Step 1 Monkey Tree 1. Print out this monkey and bananas set on card stock or draw your own version on construction paper. Cut out both the monkey and the bunch of bananas.
Step 1 Monkey Tree 2. Color the monkey and bananas using crayons or paint. Take note to color both sides of the monkey.
Step 3 Monkey Tree 3. To make the tree trunk, we need a 12 in. x 18 in. sheet of green construction paper.
Step 4 Monkey Tree Ask for an adult's help4. Roll the paper into a tall cone. Insert a paper cup at the base to provide support and to define the size of the tree's base. The tip of the cone should have a small opening (around 1.5 in. to 2 in. diameter) for the leaves.
Step 5 Monkey Tree 5. Tape the edges of the paper tree trunk in place.
Step 6 Monkey Tree 6. Trim off any excess length of paper at the base and tape the paper cup to the base of the cone.
Step 7 Monkey Tree 7. To make the leaves, we need a 12 in. x 9 in. sheet of craft foam. Draw 5 evenly-spaced lines along the length of the foam sheet. Allow for a 2-inch margin at the top of each line. Cut along the lines.
Step 8 Monkey Tree 8. Curve the tips of each strip to make a tapering shape, similar to real banana leaves.
Step 9 Monkey Tree 9. While holding the foam sheet by the uncut edge, roll the whole piece into a cigar shape.
Step 10 Monkey Tree 10. Insert the craft foam roll through the top opening of the tree trunk.
Step 11 Monkey Tree 11. Open up the leaves one at a time.
Step 12 Monkey Tree 12. Use the banana bunch's stem to hook onto the tree trunk.
Step 13 Monkey Tree 13. Bend and curl the monkey's tail.
Step 14 Monkey Tree 14. Tape the monkey to the tree.

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