More fun than a Barrel of Monkeys
I never had a barrel of monkeys when I was growing up and I honestly never knew what you were really supposed to do with them. Sure, I knew you hooked them together, but I didn’t know that there were real rules on how to play the game.
- Empty out the toy monkeys onto a flat surface
- Hold the first monkey by one of the arms
- Pick up another monkey using only the first monkey’s other arm
- Repeat to make as big of a chain of monkeys as possible. If playing with more than one person, you can take turns doing this. Your turn is over if you drop a monkey. You will have to start over on your next turn.
- The winner is the one who makes the longest chain. You can also try to beat your own record if you are playing on your own.
There are other variations on how to play with the monkeys; counting games, color recognition, practicing fine motor skills, and turn-taking all are ways that we have thought of. Wikipedia suggests another game to play with the monkeys:
Using a large, lidded plastic or styrofoam cup, players (sitting approximately 3 feet from the cup) take turns tossing monkeys at the cup. 1 point for landing a monkey on the lid. 2 points for getting a “ringer” on the straw. 3 points for hooking the monkey on the side of the lid. 5 points for hooking the monkey on the end of the straw.
We think the grand prize for monkey madness should go to Andy in Toy Story 3. That guy knew how to have a lot of fun with a barrel of monkeys! Death by Monkeys is one of our most favorite Toy Story moments of all time!
From the Pixar wikia: In the third film, they are seen in an opening scene during Andy’s play scenario that takes place in the wild west. Hamm, as Evil Dr. Porkchop controlling his ship, activates the button labeled “Death by Monkeys,” which unleashes a barrel that explodes when it hits the ground, sending thousands of monkeys scattering in all directions. The monkeys grab Woody, Jessie, and Buzz, holding them hostage, as Mr. Potato Head, whom Andy portrays as the villainous One-Eyed Bart, prepares to finish them off.
We only owned one barrel of monkeys until we saw Toy Story 3 and then we knew we needed more monkeys! I’d still like a few more barrels so we could have a proper monkey attack that would make Evil Dr. Porkchop proud!
We like the Milton Bradley Barrel of Monkeys the best because they are the original maker. You will find some other brands who sell monkeys as well, but Andy’s are based on the real thing so that’s good enough for us! You can find them in most major toy stores or online.
Now I think it’s time to monkey around!