Monkey Facts: Lesson for Kids

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  • 0:03 What Are Monkeys?
  • 0:52 What Do Monkeys Look Like?
  • 1:29 Where Do Monkeys Live?
  • 1:50 What Do Monkeys Eat?
  • 2:04 Monkey Fun Facts
  • 2:27 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Mary Grace Miller

Mary Grace has taught first grade for 8 years and has a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education and is licensed in ESL.

What do monkeys look like? Where do they live? What do they eat? This lesson will answer all these questions and teach you lots of interesting facts about monkeys.

What Are Monkeys?

How do monkeys get down the stairs? They slide down the banana-ster!

What do monkeys wear when they cook? Ape-rons!

What do you call a monkey that sells potato chips? A chipmunk.

There are lots of silly jokes about monkeys, but do they really eat bananas? Are they really apes? Keep reading to learn lots of fun facts about monkeys!

Monkeys are a type of animal called a primate. A primate is a type of mammal that uses its fingers and thumbs to hold things. Mammals are animals that have hair, are warm-blooded, and give birth to live babies. Apes and monkeys are two separate kinds of primates. Although they are in the same animal family, apes are not monkeys. Chimpanzees, orangutans, and gorillas are all apes, so don't confuse them for monkeys!

What Do Monkeys Look Like?

There are 264 types of monkeys, and they all look a little bit different! All monkeys have fur, but it can be lots of different colors, usually brown or black. Almost all monkeys have tails, and this is how you can tell they are monkeys and not apes. Apes do not have tails! The pygmy marmoset is the smallest monkey, and it is only 4-6 inches tall and weighs less than half a pound. That is less than a cell phone! The biggest monkey is the mandrill. It can be over 3 feet tall, which is about as tall as a three year old, and can weigh 77 pounds, about as much as a first grader!

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