About this day…
Monkey Day began in 2000 when an art student at Michigan State University jokingly decided it was Monkey Day and celebrated with other art students. It gained notoriety when they began including Monkey Day in their artwork and promoting it online. Hallmark describes it as, “the one day when monkey business is actually encouraged.”
What to do on this day…
- Start out by reading some of your favorite monkey books. Curious George comes to mind as an all time favorite, and Goodnight Gorilla is a cute story with few words but the pictures say it all.
- Check out the Jungle Friends Primate Sanctuary website which raises awareness about monkeys in research and as pets. You can also see art done by monkeys!
- Have bananas for a snack.
- Goof around and act like a monkey!
- Go visit monkeys at a nearby zoo
Make Sock Monkeys
A good sewing project for the kids. And also makes a perfect last-minute gift!
This is a cute story by Peggy Rathmann about a zookeeper that makes his nightly rounds but never suspects someone is making mischief along the way. I found this version in Mandarin Chinese that I just couldn’t resist posting. Even if you’ve never heard the story before, you’ll probably still understand it! And you might even learn a word of Mandarin too!