What animals do you have represented in your local gallery or museum?
In The Fitzwilliam Museum there are various animals represented in objects and paintings. I am always on the look out for linking stories to objects in the museum and it occurred to me there there were several of the animals in the book “Monkey Puzzle” (ISBN 978–333720011) by Julia Donaldson.
This inspired me to make a “Monkey Puzzle” style game. I photographed the animals in the gallery from the book. These I stuck inside a folded piece of paper, representing a leaf. On the outside I created a clue for the boys to look for the animal.
I wanted to make the game interactive and so created a jungle vine using three shades of green wool plaited together. To the vine I attached some key rings and to the rings I hung the clues in order that the animals appear in the book.
I also incorporated a little monkey keyring which could be hooked onto the rings as each clue is solved.
Here are some pictures of us trying it out.
Reading the story together.
A spotting the elephant.
Finding a spider.
Finding the parrot.
Checking the clues.
At the end of the solve I invited the boys to add their own creature to the trail – who else in the gallery or in their imagination would the little monkey meet on his quest? How would this change the story?
The boys both chose a horse and had a go at drawing them.
Do you have animals in your museum or gallery to play a “Monkey Puzzle” game?