Any chance the requirement to incorporate a monkey in the design could be removed or modified?
No and no. But, I'll make this easier. A monkey must be included in the design. Although the theme is based on the animal of the zodiac, we are only using the word "monkey". So, what comes to mind when you think of the word?I also would like to make the monkey optional. The last $20 prop challenge didn't have a theme and I really liked the range of projects--from a jack-in-the-box to an inexpensive projector.
That's quite a list, and gorilla glue. Can't argue against that !Monkey paw
Monkey fist knot
Laboratory monkey prop
Monkey-fish hybrids ala P.T. Barnum
Monkey Brains Bowl
Phantom of the Opera had a monkey atop a music box
Can you incorporate the sound of a monkey into your prop?