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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!


I LOVE Fan Photos!!! They Seriously Make Us Smile SO Much!

1 Nov

This past week has been a difficult and draining week for me.  Then, last night, a mom posted these photos of her kids watching Bean’s show where Bean, Paris, Abyni & Jay drew roads with sidewalk chalk and then played with cars.

Then she posted photos of her kids drawing roads and playing.  I just about melted on the spot, I mean, HOW SWEET IS THAT???

The Kids watching the show for inspiration and ideas!

They even made a special road for their little brother so he had roads to play on, too!

These photos seriously made my entire night:)

I love seeing creativity in children!

They even thought to make sure the road was big enough for their big car!

Trains, too!

And look! A Helipad!

Its your turn!  Make my day and send me some pictures of your child being inspired by Bean!  

We’ll be filming this Sunday for more videos next week… keep an eye out, and thank you so much for your support!


Let’s Play Hopscotch with Bean!

19 Oct

Today’s video is playing hopscotch!  It is my kids’ version, which doesn’t necessarily match up with others that I’ve found online, but since its the way THEY play it, that’s how we’re doing it today on the show.  Watch Bean and friends play hopscotch here!

You can find a bunch of other outdoor game ideas here and here.  Next week we’ll be back in the studio filming more imagination activities.  We’ll be drawing using our imagination, making fun costume ideas and hopefully our new imagination song as well as at least one stop motion animation video.

Let us know what YOU would like to see in November and we’ll try to incorporate it into our show!

If you missed our other outdoor games videos, you can see them here:

Come and Play Cars with Us!  And Don’t Step on the Lava!

Come and Play Hide & Seek, Tag and Have Fun Drawing!

Come Meet our Dog, Diva and Come with Us on a Walk!

Come & Swing with Bean and Abyni AND Count to Ten for a Nap!

Or, if you prefer more scripted shows, see our first detective/mystery show!  Bean’s Detective Agency!

Thanks for visiting, and don’t forget to share your ideas and suggestions for future shows!

Bean Plays Outside! Let’s Play Cars and Learn the Lava Game!

17 Oct

Next week we’ll be back to ‘studio’ shows, but today through Friday, we’ll be having more “outdoors” shows.  Next week I hope to kick off with a new song about imagination that is really catchy and fun… hopefully Sylvie and I can get together this weekend and film/record it!

The kids had fun drawing roads and scenery for their game

When my kids were younger, they loved playing games like “The Lava Game”.  The game where you pretend that different areas of the floor or a room are lava and you have to jump from spot to spot without touching the “lava”.  It has been interesting for me this week… going back through memories of the kids playing when they were little and all of the imaginary things they played.  Bean, Abyni & Jay show the kids how to play the “lava” game, and if they already play this game, I think it will be fun for them to see that Bean plays it, too!

Don’t let the grass touch you!

The video also has Bean, Paris, Abyni & Jay playing with sidewalk chalk and cars on the front walk.   My boys loved playing with trains rather than cars (although they did like cars, they were far more obsessed with Thomas the Tank Engine:), and they loved drawing big long roads everywhere.  Including the time we moved to a rental house with light carpets… and they took their crayons and markers and drew roads all over their new bedroom.  *Sigh*  At least they were being creative, I guess?

Here is today’s video of Bean’s ‘Real Life’ playtime:  Playing with Cars and Playing the Lava Game!

Show me photos of your kids playing their favorite outdoors games on

Bean’s Monkey Business’ facebook page.

Outside Imagination! Let’s Play fun Outdoor Games: Tag, Hide and Seek and Draw with Sidewalk Chalk!

16 Oct


Abyni chases Bean during a fast game of Tag!

Today I’m posting video of Bean and the girls playing with sidewalk chalk, playing tag and playing hide and seek.

With these videos, we’re trying to give kids a peek into Bean’s “real life” treating them like home movies rather than a “show”.  Its fun, and seems like it should be LESS work, but in reality, its a LOT more work, especially when it comes to editing the video for the final product.

I hope your kids enjoy watching Bean play different games and that they are inspired to play, too!

Watch our Outdoors Fun with sidewalk chalk, Tag & Hide and Seek Video Now!

Have your kids help Abyni find Bean in a game of Hide & Seek!

Play with Sidewalk Chalk… What can you create?




The Fun of Fall: Playing Outdoors, a Whole New Imaginary World to Explore!

15 Oct

Full of Fun!

My kids LOVE being outside.  My husband made a tire swing a couple of weeks ago, and I can’t believe how much the girls enjoy swinging!  They are out there all the time!  Its crazy what $13.00 can do!  This week we’re going to focus on outdoor fun.  We’re not going to worry about getting the lighting just right, or making sure the sound is perfect… we’re just going to take advantage of this glorious weather and play outside!

Watch our newest video with Abyni & Bean playing on the swings and then Counting to Ten on the Hammock for Naptime.

What are your kids favorite outdoor activities?  Once the pool is closed for the year, my kids still love playing outside.  They spend a lot of hours outdoors, shooting hoops, playing in the sand and on the tire swing.  Not to mention lazing on the hammock, reading on the deck or just playing imaginary games.  I am so thrilled that my kids have such fun with their imaginations.  I think it is a fabulous thing to encourage in them!

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The sandpile… a long time favorite of ALL of the kids!

What are your kids favorite outdoor activities?

A New Perspective on our Children’s Hospital Visit Today (Thanks to my Husband)

3 Oct

The Author, my husband, chilling in the back yard on a rare day off.

Guest Post by my amazing husband, Patrick, who was my chair getter and gopher today for our hour and a half long visit this morning (And no, we didn’t get photos this time either.  I really really plan to do that next time:)  Here is a photo of the hospital… does that help?

We went to the St. Francis children’s hospital this morning with Bean to spread some cheer and bring a smile or two to some kids that need them.  Knowing my wife like I do, and having complete faith in her ability to interact with kids on almost any level, I was pretty well prepared for the end result – that kids who weren’t smiling before would be smiling and laughing after. That played out pretty much like I thought it would.  It’s the other things that happened that caught me off guard a little.  Namely, the effect that Bean has on adults.  My wife included.

It’s odd having this little make believe creature that shows up every once in a while.  I don’t think people realize just how much of a ‘separate’ entity Bean is from Byn.  It’s like flipping a switch when Bean goes ‘on’, and for the kids that’s always made it much more believable.  The fact that there’s technically an adult sitting there in plain view and obviously moving her mouth in time with Bean’s words is somehow….  overlooked.  When they do notice Byn, it’s more along the lines of, ‘Would you please get out of the way so that I can talk to this monkey’ kind of thing.

So, having seen this particular oddity in action before, I was prepared for the kid’s reactions.  We got to see several more kids this time than last (I think about 10 or so), and they all were left smiling at the end.  The first little boy we saw was the oldest.  I think the nurse said he was 13.  He was also the hardest sell.  He obviously didn’t think that it was ‘cool’ to talk to a purple monkey so he tried (albeit ineffectively) not to smile or interact much.  Despite his efforts he did crack a few smiles here and there and exchanged a few short sentences.  The funny thing is that as our visit kept on and we went from room to room, this particular boy sort of followed us around.  He was hooked up to an IV and had some sort of shunt into his sinus cavity, so along with him came a full cart of gizmos and doodads, as well as a nurse to make sure things didn’t get tangled or anything.  I kept watching him out of the corner of my eye, and he was really enjoying watching Bean interact with the kids, laughing over things being said, etc.  A couple of times I looked directly at him, at which point he got all serious again and headed back toward his room.  Then, we’d get to the next kid’s room and he’d show back up to peek in on Bean.  It was really interesting seeing his inner child at war with his ‘big boy I’m a cool cat’ self.

We came across three Hispanic kids, two of which spoke no English at all, and one of which spoke a little.  It’s really amazing that Byn can still interact in ways with these kids that brings smiles to their faces without the use of any words.

There was one little girl, 5 years old I think, who had full head bandages on.  The nurse said she’d suddenly started having seizures and they had done some sort of brain surgery to try and alleviate them.  She enjoyed Bean the most of any of the kids I think.  LOTS of laughs playing peek-a-boo and exploring the similarities between Bean, her, and her little stuffed monkey that she had there with her.

So the kids I expected.  I know Byn’s talent enough that even seeing her bring a 13 year old ‘I’m all cool’ boy out of his shell didn’t surprise me.  All of the adult nurses and doctors and parents though….  that caught me a little off guard.  I mean, I know that I enjoy Bean, that Bean makes me smile and laugh, but I guess I always just assumed I was pretty weird like that.  It IS my wife, after all.  None of the other adults there who lit up like freaking Christmas trees happen to have that excuse though.  And light up they did.

Several of the parents of kids who we’d already visited found a reason to leave their kid’s rooms for minute and then just happened to swing by the room at the end of the hall with Bean’s voice coming out of it so they could peek in the door.  The nurses and doctors were the same.  I can’t imagine working in that environment all day every day.  I know it’s got to have it’s rewards, and some moments of genuine joy and fulfillment, but there’s bound to be an awful lot of stress involved to.  I applaud them all for dedicating themselves to something I’m honest enough to say I don’t think I could handle on a daily basis.  It shows in the general atmosphere of the place.  They make a real effort to decorate the entire floor in cheerful colors and lighten the place a little bit, but it’s still obviously a hospital.  For kids.  Kids who are really ill and really suffering.  The strain was showing on the staff’s faces in slight but still detectable ways, especially when they came out of a child’s room and there weren’t any kids around.  They would visibly ‘slump’ a little bit.  I could tell they were putting a lot of effort into being as positive and cheerful around the kids as they could be, and it cost them some little bit of themselves when they were out in the hall away from the patients.  Until they heard Bean, that is.  I think by the time we left I’d seen every nurse at least three times.  They just happened to have things to do that took them by the room we were in 🙂  It was really nice seeing them smile too.  A pleasant surprise.

It’s also really nice seeing the effect that trip like this has on Byn.  She really ‘recharges’ from this sort of thing. I appreciate this quality about her more than I can say.  Gosh, I love my wife!

Check back soon to meet our new friend *J* AND see new Bean videos for our Imagination Month.
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