Caps for Sale

“Caps for Sale” was adapted from the book by Esphyr Slobodkina by a fellow children’s librarian. The original text was a bit cumbersome to be told as a flannel board story and was adapted to make retelling easier. Since the peddler scolds the monkeys several different times, you can have the children respond as if they are the monkeys by either shaking their fingers, stamping their feet, or throwing their pretend caps on the ground.

African Animals-Babies


Safari Animals by Simms Taback
Snip Snap Pop-Up Fun by Jonathan Litton

Bounces, Rhymes & Fingerplays

Monkeys and the Crocodile
Five little monkeys sitting in a tree, hold up five fingers
Teasing Mr. Crocodile,
“You can’t catch me!” Thumbs in ears, waving fingers
Along came Mr. Crocodile, silently hands, palms together, weaving back and forth
And snap! clap hands once together

Monkey See-Monkey Do
Oh, when you clap, clap, clap your hands clap
The monkey clap, clap, claps his hands
Monkey see, monkey do.
The monkey does the same as you

stamp feet… stamp or wave feet
jump high… jump or bounce
make a funny face… raise eyebrows and stick tongue out
turn yourself about… twist side to side


The Lion Sleeps Tonight by Suzi Shelton
When the music is quiet we rock the babies back and forth and when the lions wake up we bounce the babies.