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Stop Motion Animation: Hey Diddle Diddle w/Free Printable Coloring Pages for Kids

6 Nov

So here is the set up for our stop motion animation.  The lighting issue is far different than it is with shooting live shows with Bean, but thankfully, my husband rocks and sets it up for me.

Without further ado, here is our little stop motion short for Hey Diddle Diddle!

Here is the free printable coloring page, so that your child can make their own “Hey Diddle Diddle” picture!  coloring-page-diddle

A Preview of your coloring page!

Coming soon:  The Twelve Days of Christmas AND The Alphabet Song!

Nine Ladies Danging, Seven Swans a Swimming, Six Geese a Laying!


Youtube News for Bean’s Monkey Business

9 Jul

After two months of the stress of MOVING (and no, we haven’t even closed yet) and some health issues that have come up for me, causing even MORE stress…

I just happened to look at Bean’s Monkey Business youtube channel last night. I have 10,000 views. Well, last night it was CLOSE, but today it’s actually OVER 10K.

My silly little stop motion animation of the Old MacDonald Had a Farm has over 5,000 views. 4,337 of those views are from the last 30 days!

I discovered that around June 17th, my daily view count went from 40-50 to over 300 almost every day, consistently. And I haven’t even uploaded new content for TWO MONTHS!

I went and monetized a few of the more popular videos with all original content because Paris monetized hers and made $25.00 fairly quickly.

I CAN NOT WAIT TO MOVE AND GET FILMING AGAIN!!! I am getting really excited about having a real puppet set so that Bean can “walk” and move from room to room. I have some super exciting ideas about making sleeves with “Bean’s” hands/gloves on the end, so that for B roll footage, Abyni can put her hands in the sleeves and it will allow us to have Bean do more things with his hands. Count on his fingers, play with play dough, paint, hold someone’s hand on a field trip, etc.  Won’t that be FUN???

I would so love for this to be something that becomes a source of income for us at some point.

I am also really looking forward to doing more live shows.

Anyway, just a weird, random thing that I suddenly decided to look at.

I can’t wait to get back to having fun with my girls and Bean!!!

Thank you SO much for the Fan Art and Videos!!

2 May

We LOVE getting letters, drawing or pictures from our fans!  Here are some of the things we’ve gotten so far:

*We will do a clip soon of Bean’s reaction to his ‘fan mail’ so the kids can watch his reaction, too!

THE most ADORABLE video from Xander!

Scarlett did a drawing of Paris' monkey for Bean!

Anna W.'s drawing of Bean

Trisha W did a drawing of Bean!

Thank you SO much!!!

If your child would like to make some art for Bean’s walls, you can send them to

Bean’s Monkey Business

P.O. Box 140441

Broken Arrow, OK  74014

Part 2! Mother’s Day Mural Project: How to Paint Eric Carle Style!

1 May

More Texture Ideas!!

Be creative!  Share YOUR ideas.  Let your kids go wild and paint whatever they want.  Tomorrow we’ll put it all together for a great Mother’s Day mural & upcoming video!

Lightly draw out a rainbow, then cut into pieces. Have your child color with different mediums to be put back together on the finished mural!

Old brush and different shades for a nice bright texture

Draw or scribble with white crayon (press hard!) and then cover with a light wash of watercolor (this is especially good for the young ones!)

Tear the edges of watercolor painting and then paint the edges for a fun effect!

Mother’s Day Mural Project, Part 1: How to Paint Eric Carle Style!

30 Apr

Day 1:  Visual Textures!

The thing I love about Eric Carle is the way he uses a variety of textures.  I love his use of vivid colors and patterns.  So today, step one of our mural is going to be to create some new visual textures!  You can do one a day for art time, or just sit and do a bunch of textures all at once.  For younger kids, probably one or two a day would be best.

You can incorporate this with a lesson on textures by having your child find different textures around the house.  Have them find things on a list; soft, scratchy, rough, smooth, etc.  Then tell them that they can paint textures, too!

Also, you may want to have SOME ideas in mind, but don’t focus on what you’re making the textures FOR.  That’s part of the fun, finding the right textures for different parts of your murals LATER.

use a plastic bag to make texture in watercolor, tempera or acrylic.

salt wet watercolor and then brush off when dry for a fun texture

The styrofoam "Print" done with washable markers (work fast!)

For the first day, you’ll want to play around with some textures.  Here are a couple of ideas for you:

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Here are some “Eric Carle” inspired paintings that my girls did years ago:

We used paint and marbled some paper for this book project when the kids were little.

Here's a cute frog

BIG Spring Mural Project, Inspired by Eric Carle’s artwork, and his Book “Draw Me A Star”

25 Apr

Fun Mother’s Day Spring Art Project for Kids and Families

For this project, we’re going to work on a different art project each week and add each one to a large piece of paper or posterboard to make one giant, colorful mural.  It will look wonderful hanging in you child’s room!

What You’ll Need:

  • Paints (tempra or acrylic AND watercolor, oils are optional)
  • Assorted colors of tissue paper that you’d use in gift bags.
  • Decent quality watercolor paper
  • Assorted patterns and spring like colors of scrapbooking projects
  • Crayons or oil pastels
  • Markers
  • An old tooth brush, assorted paint brushes and scissors
You won’t need all of these at once, but we’ll use one type of medium for each separate art pieces.  
The first step of this art project will be up Monday, May 30th, and we’ll do a project at least 3 times a week until Mother’s Day.  

This would make a wonderful Mother’s Day Gift!  

It would also be great to do with several siblings contributing to ONE mural!!

Paris used this concept a little with her first Lonely Monkey Illustration!

Learn How to Paint a Handprint Tree for Kids with Bean’s Monkey Business and Grandma Sue!

24 Apr

It’s Painting Time with Grandma Sue Again!

The Finished Picture!

Free Art Lesson!! Let’s learn how to paint a handprint tree with Bean.

Today Grandma stops by to paint a tree with Bean. Its a fun lesson that kids from toddler to elementary school can help with!

For this project, I recommend tempera paint or acrylic… have FUN!!!

What is your favorite art project to do with your kids?  

What is your favorite medium to work with?

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