What Is Monkey May I?
Monkey May I is a fun, easy game for ages 4 to 6. The object of the game is to help kids recognize good choices and exercise self-control. There are two levels of playing to switch it up some or to make it more challenging as you learn to play. The second level of playing I think also works for kids even a little older than 6. I think it’s a great game for siblings ages 3-8 to play during a family game night.
Level 1 Play
For this version you’ll remove the “Stop & Think” cards from the deck. You’ll use the Monkey, May I and action cards only. You’ll have a banker that handles the “Monkey Money.”
Level 2 Play
Here, you’ll add in the “Stop & Think” cards to the other cards and shuffle them in.
Monkey covering his ears: Tell a story about a time when you were a good listener.
Monkey covering his mouth: Tell a story about how you made a good choice and thought before you said something
Monkey covering his forehead: tell a story about something you learned at school or home.
If you share a story, you get a dollar from the Monkey Bank. If you can’t think of one the game resumes with the next player.
Stop and Think Cards
Short and Sweet
The cool thing about this game is that not only can it be played in 15 minutes, but it also encourages storytelling and discussion. It also makes kids stop and think about which action is the “right” action to take. Also, for kids that are learning to count; the Monkey Money is a great way to make counting fun. Whether they are the banker or counting up their money at the end of the game it doesn’t feel like you’re making them do “work.”
Our Verdict On Monkey May I
We absolutely loved the game and think it’s both entertaining and educational! Check it out on Amazon!