Thursday, October 23, 2014

Monkey Box ~ Just Swingin' By

Well I have to admit that this box was more of a ‘Food’ box centered around things that my ‘Little Monkey’ might want to eat since he has been out of the United States for quite a while now – but with a few Spiritual Things thrown in! 

I was surprised though at how easy it was to find ‘Monkey’ items as I shopped around town.  My favorite find was the individual plastic Banana savers I found at the the Dollar Tree Store!  Who would have thought!   

Just Swingin' On By!!!  It’s always so fun to see the pictures my missionary sends home of he and his companions opening up their crazy boxes decorated in whatever the theme of the box is.  Most of the boxes I mailed were 12X12X8 which meant the flap size was just under 12X6 so you can simply cut one piece of 12X12 scrapbook paper in half for each flap and trim to fit.   

For the Monkey box I used one piece of Glitter Green Chevron Pattern Scrapbook Paper and one piece of Bright Yellow Scrapbook Paper – both cut in half and trimmed to fit.  I printed off the Box Flaps with the message 'Dear Elder We Don't Monkey Around We Are Just Swingin' On By To Wish You A Fun Banana Great Day!' on photo paper then attached to the chevron print glitter paper with Glue Dots since tape has a hard time sticking to glittery papers.

You’ve Got Mail!!!  One thing we always included in all of our Missionary Box Mom Boxes was a personalized letter to each Missionary from each Mother.  For this 'Box' since it is mostly just fun food I didn't worry about explaining what I sent!    Many times over we have received thank you letters from our Missionaries - but the things they thanked us all for the most was the letters we included.  It’s just a little piece of ‘Home’ in a box!  So don’t forget to write!

Print Off the Following Conference Talks and Stories:

Lesson 17: What Shall I do that I may Inherit Eternal Life - New Testament Gospel Doctrine Teacher’s Manual - Your Missionary can then Make a Monkey Trap Object Lesson (Instructions Included in Talk) from the Cardboard Box that you mailed his package in.  Any size box should work.  

General Conference Talk October 1983 – The Mystery of Life – Boyd K. Packer – Of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles

Story: Nathan’s Monkey Mystery – By Carolyn LeDuc – Friend February 2007 

Story: Spider Monkeys - By Linda Green – Friend May 1984

Monkey Box Shopping List

Most of my shopping list centered around foods and flavors a monkey might eat. :)

Grocery Store
  1. Cracker Jack – 3 box Packs
  2. Milk Splash Liquid Milk Enhancer – Jamin’ Banana Flavor 1.6fl oz.  (Has a monkey on the small bottle)
  3. Jello Banana Cream Pudding Mix
  4. Martha White Banana Nut Muffin Mix
  5. Great Value Caramel Coconut Cookies
  6. Betty Crocker Cookie Brownie Mix
  7. David’s Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  8. Pepperidge Farms Banana Nut Cookies
  9. Pop Tarts Chocolate Peanut Butter Flavor
  10.  Sun Dried Mango Slices
  11.  Sun Dried Pineapple Wedges
  12.  Peanut Butter
  13. Concord Foods Banana Pops (Chocolate Flavored Banana Coating)
Fundaze & Holidaze Party Store         
  1. 16oz. Party Cups Monkey Design .99Cents each                    
  2. Monkey Shaped Suckers
  3. Banana Flavored Square Suckers

Hobby Lobby 
1. Monkey Ribbon (2 Designs)

  1. Duff Brand Zebra Striped Cake                                              
  2. Barrel of Monkeys Game
  3. Stuffed Animal Monkey
  4. Plastic light-up Monkey Ring .50cents
  5. Banana Flavored Salt Water Taffey

Deseret Book 
1. Flipside Hand Puzzle Game $3.99

  1. Got Milk? Strawberry Banana Magic Milk Flavoring Straws
  2. Cooking Concepts Banana Shaped Plastic Banana Keeper
  3. Concord Foods Banana Smoothie Mix

  1. List Notepad – Sock Monkey Design
  2. Note Cards – Sock Monkey Design
  3. Paul Frank Flavored Lip Balm
  4. Sock Monkey Silly Straw
  5. Furry Shades Sunglasses – Monkey Design w/Banana Mustache

  1. Banana Flavored Runts – in Bulk Candy area
  2. Fruit Flavored Runts – in Bulk Candy area
  1. Monkey Pencil with Monkey Eraser
  1. King Arthur Flour Caramel Monkey Bread Mix

These Printables below are really cute from Thirty Hand Made Days

Inside this box, you will receive: 16 wheels, 8 axles, 4 windshields, 4 sticker sheets, and complete instructions on turning your favorite food into a race car!
Bananagrams Word Game in English, Spanish, Italian, Hebrew, Norwegian, and French.  You can find them at WalMart, Amazon, or

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