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Monkey Puzzle

What you need

  • Your listening ears
  • Your drawing kit
  • Your imagination


This story will help your child learn about different animals that can be seen in the jungle, names and characteristics. Reading and sharing stories can also:


  • Help your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills.
  • Learn to value books and stories.
  • Spark your child’s imagination and stimulate curiosity.
  • Help your child’s brain, social skills and communication skills develop.

The experience

“I’ve lost my mum!”


Where is Monkey’s mummy? It’s not too much fun being lost in the jungle, and the little monkey wants his mum. Kindly, a butterfly is keen to help, but they don’t seem to be having much luck and keep finding the wrong animals! But eventually, they find . . . Dad! It’s just as well that he knows exactly where mum is, and she’s waiting with a well-deserved cuddle.

Listen to this lovely story written by Julia Donaldson. While listening to the story, why not look at the expression of the monkey throughout the story. What do you think is he feeling? 

You can also try to draw/paint a jungle scene using the illustrations of the book for inspiration. What colours will you use?