Monkey Puzzle Mini-books resource cover. Includes 4 different template types. Easy to choose your skills focus. Use across a wide range of levels.

Monkey Puzzle Mini-books

Engage your ESL young learners in this integrated skills practice with Monkey Puzzle mini-books. A whole book from just one sheet of paper!

♦ Easy to cater to different abilities and skills focus by choosing from 4 different templates.

♦ Ideal for practising sequencing skills and at the same time consolidating language from the story.

♦ A fun and interactive way to incorporate story retelling, and bring English outside the classroom.

♦ Includes super useful activity procedures and learning objectives to make planning easy.

Ready for some Monkey Puzzle mini-books magic? Get your templates and lesson ideas here:

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What will my ESL young learners learn?

This mini-book craft is ideal for helping your esl young learners learn animal, body parts, actions, and useful phrases. 

Using their sequencing skills, they’ll create those all important connections between the language and the story too. You can even use it to help prepare for a simple drama performance!

The choice of templates let’s you focus on all 4 skills, or focus in on one in particular.

Don’t forget the valuable classroom language you’ll be helping them learn. See a summary below:

Jungle animals

monkey, butterfly, elephant, snake, spider, parrot, frog, bat, caterpillar

Adjectives of description

big, small, curly, hairy, slimy, moist, furry, fat

Body parts

tusks, trunk, tail, legs, nose, beak, claws, hands, wings

Key story phrases

I’ve lost my mum; I want my mum; Don’t cry; I can help; I know! Come with me; No, no, no. That’s not my mum; That’s a (frog); None of these animals look like me.



Verb ‘to be’ – 3rd person

e.g. My mum is big. / A bat is small. / She isn’t grey. / My mum isn’t tall.

‘have’ / ‘have got’ for possession – 3rd person

e.g. My mum has got a tail. / A spider has got 8 legs. / She hasn’t got tusks. / A snake hasn’t got legs.

‘can’ for ability

e.g. My mum can jump. / A parrot can fly. / She can’t fly. / a frog can’t run.

What do teachers say about the resources?

Frequently asked questions

Yes, of course! Maybe you have the time and enjoy creating things, but it has to be said that being a young learner teacher can involve a HUGE amount of extra work making materials. Give yourself a break!

All my materials have been tried and tested in the classroom. As well as having almost 20 years of teaching experience, I am also a qualified trainer for the Trinity TYLEC (Teaching Young Learners Extension Certificate), so you can rely on the quality.

Yes! They work great for mixed aged groups and different abilities because they come with different templates AND different suggestions with how to use the resource. No time wasted on adapting different worksheets!

The provided activity suggestions for pre, during and after the craft give you all the steps you need to create a fun and engaging lesson for your young learners. 

You can certainly find some free worksheets out there, but I can guarantee your young learners will be much more excited to create this. Engaged and motivated children make for a happy lesson (and teacher!)

Once you’ve had a chance to use your materials, don’t forget to come back to leave a review. As a thank you, you’ll receive a 20% discount on any other resource : )

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