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BLAST Early Learning
Curious George

Books:

Tall Tall by Jez Alborough

Illustrations and just a few words depict how various jungle animals help a very little monkey feel he is tall.

 

Curious George Curious George by H.A. Rey

The curiosity of a newly-captured monkey gets him into continual trouble.

 

Curious George's 1 to 10 and Back Again Curious George's 1 to 10 and Back Again by H.A. Rey
Help Curious George count ten of his favorite things, first forward and then backward.

 
 

Rhyme:

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

Five little monkeys sitting in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator, "Can't catch me!"
Along comes Mr. Alligator quiet as can be,
And he snapped that monkey right out of that tree.
Four little monkeys sitting in a tree,
Teasing Mr. Alligator, "Can't catch me!"
Along comes Mr. Alligator quiet as can be,
And he snapped that monkey...
Three little...
Two little...
One little...

 

Song:

The Fuzzy Wuzzy Monkey

(Tune: The Itsy Bitsy Spider)

The fuzzy wuzzy monkey
Climbed up the coconut tree
Down came a coconut
And hit him in the knee--OUCH
Out came a lion
Shaking his mighty mane
And
The fuzzy wuzzy monkey
Climbed up the tree again.

 

Vocabulary Word:

Curious: excited to learn something; excessive joy in finding out about other people’s affair

Example: "He wondered how they could fly. He was very curious. Finally he HAD to try." (taken from Curious George by H.A. Rey)

 

Activities:

Yellow Hat Slush

Ingredients:

  • Two 3 ounce packages Jell-O, any flavor but use lemon for yellow slush
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 6 ounce can lemonade concentrate
  • 46 ounce can pineapple juice
  • 12 cups cool water.

Directions:

  1. In a large plastic container, mix the Jell-O, sugar, and boiling water.
  2. After dissolved, add the lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice, and cool water.
  3. Mix well and freeze. Stir briskly before serving

Pizza Art Idea

After reading Curious George and the Pizza by Margret Rey, have the students make their own Art Pizzas. You will need: 1 paper plate, 1 manila circle, white glue, and multicolored paper. Cut out pieces from the multicolored paper and put glue on the manila circle, then put pieces of colored paper on to create your own paper pizza. The students can use what ever color to create what ever topping they choose.

Fingerprint Balloons

Put a small amount of tempera paint in a small shallow container. (The metal lid of a juice bottle works well) Show your students how to dip his/her finger in the paint and make a finger print on a piece of paper. (Alternative: Use a non-toxic ink pad) Have the students make several fingerprints in several different colors. After the paint dries, have the students draw strings on the fingerprints as if they were balloons from the zoo. (Alternative: glue on string or yarn.)

Animal Fat

You will need two identical zip lock bags. Place shortening inside one of the bags, then turn the second bag inside out and place inside the first bag. Seal the first and second bags together. Spread the shortening out inside the bags so that if forms an even layer. Next, fill a container with ice cold water. Have a child put one hand in the bag, then in the water, and their other hand in the water. Can they feel the difference? The fat will protect their hand from the cold water.

Felt Monkey Board

Make monkey faces and bananas from felt material. Number each monkey. The children will place the correct number of bananas next to each monkey

 

Literature:

Curious George in the Snow Curious George in the Snow by H.A. Rey

George causes quite a commotion on the ski slopes.

 

Curious George Goes to School Curious George Goes to School by Margret Rey
Curious George makes a mistake in the art room of his school but finds a missing painting in time for an open house for parents of the students.

 

Curious George at the Fire Station Curious George at the Fire Station by Margret Rey

Curious George Sets off a false alarm while visiting the fire station but redeems himself by rescuing a Dalmatian puppy.

 

Curious George and the Pizza Curious George and the Pizza by Margret Rey
Curious George creates havoc in a pizza shop but redeems himself by making an unusual delivery.

 

Curious George's Opposites Curious George's Opposites by H.A. Rey
Curious George’s antics illustrate a variety of opposites, including forward and backward, wet and dry, and awake and asleep.