BFIAR: Caps for Sale!

Caps for Sale

Caps for Sale is very much a classic picture book.  A peddler carries his hats on his head and walks through town calling “Caps! Caps for sale!  Fifty cents a cap!”  During the story he takes a nap underneath a tree and wakes up to discover his caps have disappeared.  Turns out there were some cheeky monkeys in that tree.  I can sympathise, I’ve got some cheeky monkeys around here, too!  ;)

(Be forewarned, this is a picture-heavy post.  My primary purpose with this blog is for it to be a journal.  I keep the camera nearby all day and end up with many, many pictures.) 

We did many printables with this unit.  All the links are at the bottom of this post including some I have made.  Some of the printables are specifically for Caps for Sale, others are monkey-related.  BFIAR is aimed at two- to four-year-olds, but Ladybug isn’t too interested in much of it yet, so it’s mostly Jitterbug who is doing these.  Skeeterbug sneaks in every now and then, too.  At one point he asked if he could do the work that Jitterbug was doing instead of his own!

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Ladybug enjoys these magnet pages too.

Caps for Sale

The Bible verse for this unit was Proverbs 29:11~ A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.  We talked about Stop-Sign Madeline, our We Choose Virtues Kid who has the virtue I am Self-Controlled.

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We talked about Australian coins, looked at one of each and then Jitterbug did this coin graphing activity.  He loves these, this time he used stampers.  When he wanted to do it again he used a different colour stamper on the same page.  I had to print several of these for him to do because he liked it so much.  There is a paper die to go with it but it isn’t in the picture, it’s got an image of a different coin on each side.  Australia uses 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, $1, and $2 coins.  The smallest bill here is $5.

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We followed up the coin graphing with another coin activity.  I wrote amounts on the back of these hats and Jitterbug had to give me the right coin to buy the hat and then hang it on the tree.  Jitterbug loved this activity because we would yell “Caps! Caps for sale!” with every hat.

Caps for Sale~Coin Activity

We looked at all the ways we could make fifty cents.  I saw this at Delightful Learning but I made my own version of this to use with Australian coins (couldn’t use the one with all those pennies since we don’t use 1c coins here!)  Click the picture to see it a bit closer, you can download it here if you are interested.

Caps for Sale~Make Fifty Cents with Australian Coins, Free Download 

We had monkey sandwiches one day for lunch.  Found the idea here.  (There are many cute sandwich ideas on that site!)

Caps for Sale~Monkey Sandwich

We balanced a stack of hats on our heads like the peddler.  This was a fun activity.  We pretended to buy the hats from each other.

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Monkey mask.  Strangely Jitterbug was the only one interested in this and basically never touched it again after this picture.  Guess some days are mask days, some days are not!

Caps for Sale~Monkey Mask

I made a little Caps for Sale set out of peg people, I first saw this here and realised I had the materials to do it.  You can tell from the quality of my tree that I didn’t spend too much time on it!  I was also too lazy to sew all the little hats, so I just made the peddler’s hat and used felt circles for the rest.

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Monkeys have ears, do you?  Monkeys have tails, do you?  (If ever any little boy had a tail it should be my Jitterbug, you should see him shake his tail when he dances!)  These are from 1+1+1=1.

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Upper/lowercase matching from 1+1+1=1.  Jitterbug is still working on consistently recognising all of his lowercase letters.  Love the look of consternation on his face.  Hmmm, where is that one?  After we looked at them all I picked up all the lowercase and gave them to him one by one to lay on top of the uppercase letter.

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I downloaded some monkey pictures from Wikipedia, we matched them up to a map and talked about how there are monkeys all over the world.  Well, okay, I don’t know if there are any here in Australia except at the zoo!  You can download this file here, the images are all from Wikipedia so I believe it is okay to share.

Caps for Sale~Monkeys Around the World, Free Download

We used these floor numbers from Confessions of a Homeschooler.  We put them in order first, then I mixed them up and called out numbers for him to find.  Too easy, but fun!  And good for Ladybug to play too.

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I made some cutting strips to go with the unit.  Jitterbug cut all of these apart in one sitting!  I printed some more and Ladybug worked on them too.  These can be downloaded here (in the file I’ve substituted coin clipart for the real coin image below since I’m not sure where I got this coin image).

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Do-a-dot marker pages for letter Mm. (M for monkey, in case you didn’t see that in any of the million pictures above.)

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Everyone was interested in the pin poking page.

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Simple measuring, measure how high the caps are.  Not sure he got this at all.  :)

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We made a monkey in a tree.  Modified version of this.

Caps for Sale~Monkey Tree Craft

We pretended we had handlebar moustaches like the peddler.  Saw this here, the printable for the moustaches (and lips!) are here.

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Skeeterbug continued with his narration activity wearing his moustache.  And dirty feet.  (On the table, no less.)

Caps for Sale~Handlebar Moustache

We ended it all by enjoying some Monkey Pops (frozen banana dipped in chocolate and covered in sprinkles).  Mine aren’t nearly as pretty as hers!

Caps for Sale~Monkey Pops Caps for Sale~Monkey Pops

There were a few other things we did: painted monkeys in a tree, other printables, but this post is long enough!  Now to get it all into a notebook…hoping to do something like this.

Links to printables:

My Printables for Caps for Sale (Click here for links to all my Printables)

Homeschool Creations: Caps for Sale printables

Confessions of a Homeschooler: Letter M for Monkey

1+1+1=1: Monkey printables

Homeschool Share: Caps for Sale

Inspiration for Caps for Sale:

Homeschool Creations: Caps for Sale Unit

Delightful Learning: Caps for Sale

Leading Little Hearts to Him: Caps for Sale

Wee Folk Art: Book Nook- Caps for Sale



  1. One of our favorite books of all time. You did SUCH a great job. I've pinned your page in hopes of doing atleast one or two:)

  2. Your ideas are wonderful and Thank you so much for sharing your resources.


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