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Early Learning Centre Monkey Business


A steady hand, and a little luck, is needed for this fun game

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Age: 3-5 years

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Monkey Business from Early Learning Centre is a fun game where players take turns to hang cheeky monkeys or gorillas on the tree.

Each player spins the dial to see how many monkeys (or big gorillas) to add. Players can add more and more – until all the monkeys fall down into the crocodile swamp! You can hang monkeys by their arms, legs or tails, and count them up to see how many were on the tree. For older children, divide the monkeys by colour, so each player has different coloured monkeys. Once the tree falls, you count the monkeys each player had on the tree, and the one with the most wins!

This exciting game is great fun for all the family and is ideal for 2-4 players. Children can use the monkeys to colour sort and learn how to count while also developing problem solving skills.

What our testers said

“The crocodile has eaten the monkey!” – Girl aged 3

“You should use its tail.”-  Girl aged 7

What our experts think

Once set up, the toy was easy for our testers to use. The object of the game is to hang as many monkeys as you can from the tree before the canopy falls off and drops them into the crocodile infested swamp.
The children could practise colour sorting and counting as they worked out who had managed to hang the most monkeys on the tree to win the game. They were also able to develop their fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination and control, as they carefully attached the monkeys to the tree. This encouraged them to use trial and error as they experimented with different ways of hanging the monkeys, by their tails, arms or legs, and persevered when they found it difficult.
The nature of the game encouraged turn-taking and also team-work, as the children played either as individuals or as part of a team. Most of the children were keen to play the game more than once and the monkeys were very popular; inspiring monkey noises, impressions and even songs.

Skills developed

– Develops fine motor skills and hand control

– Promotes perseverance

– Encourages counting and colour sorting