We love activities to go with the books we read.
Especially easy activities.
The easiest way I know of to bring a book to life is a themed sensory bin.
Night Monkey Day Monkey by Julia Donaldson is a book about two monkeys (one nocturnal the other diurnal), who wake each other up to play and then find themselves amazed at the differences between night and day.
The bottom of the bin is lined with two sheets of blue paper: one light, one dark. There is also a scattering of light blue and dark blue felt scraps. Foam letters spell out “NIGHT,” “DAY,” and “MONKEY.”
I tried to include small props for acting out the story in the book: monkeys, bats, frogs, butterflies, bananas.
Admittedly, the bananas are Runts candy. I took great amusement in the fact that my children played with this bin for 20 minutes not knowing that the bananas were candy until I picked one up and ate it in front of them.