Cardboard Tube Monkey Craft (template included)

Today we are sharing a fun and silly cardboard tube craft that toddlers and preschoolers will absolutely adore. This Cardboard Tube Monkey Craft is easy to make using our printable monkey template and you can recreate it in no time thanks to this easy step by step guide.
Just scroll down below and let the fun begin!

cardboard tube monkey craft

Your kids will love creating and playing with this fun monkey craft.  There is something cute and funny but also endearing about monkeys. Making these little creatures couldn't be easier using our printable monkey template.

Are you looking for more creative cardboard tube craft ideas to do with your kids? In this series of cardboard tube animals holding hearts we also have:

If you want to stick to the monkey theme you could try making a monkey mask after reading the story 'Little Monkey'.

Cardboard Tube Monkey Craft for Preschoolers

cardboard tube craft

Monkey Craft Supplies:

  • Printable monkey template
  • Cardboard tube
  • Brown Paint
  • Coloured pencils
  • Glue
  • Scissors

How to make your Cardboard Tube Monkey Craft:

STEP 1: Prepare your materials

Make sure to gather all of your supplies before starting! Print out our monkey template and the eyes page. You will find the printable monkey template at the bottom of the page. 

printable monkey template

STEP 2: Create the monkey's body

Grab your brown paint and paint the cardboard tube, one paint layer will be enough. Let it dry.

painted cardboard tube

STEP 3: Colour time

Once you've printed out the template, colour each area with coloured pencils. Feel free to get your kids' imagination to run the show! As well as coloured pencils you could use markers or even paint.

colour printable monkey template

STEP 4: Cut out the pieces

Once you're happy with your coloured pieces, go ahead and cut out each piece. Younger toddlers and preschoolers may need help with this step. 

cut printable monkey template

STEP 5: Put the monkey together

Now, check if the painted brown cardboard tube is dry. Once it is, glue each piece onto the tube carefully to get everything aligned. Use the image below as a guide. 

monkey craft

STEP 6: Add details

Add a few extra touches with a sharpie pen, like a cute little monkey snout. You just completed your cardboard tube monkey craft! 

monkey craft for preschoolers


To download this monkey template for free click on the link below and add $0. For personal or classroom use only. Not for redistribution. All images are copyrighted. Thank you.

monkey template

These cardboard tube crafts are so much fun to play with as well as to make. How much fun would it be to make a whole family of monkey or 5 monkeys to accompany the nursery rhyme '5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed'.

Easy cardboard tube craft for kids. Monkey craft for preschoolers with monkey template

Did you enjoy making this Monkey craft? We loved making and sharing this fun cardboard tube craft with you! With such a simple template, it's a fantastic way to get your monkey-enthusiast preschoolers and toddlers to explore and enjoy their creativity!

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