Homeschool science comes alive in the rainforest! If your child likes animals and is aged 5- 7 and older you'll love our Rainforest for Kids activities.
You'll start by making a homeschool rainforest scene, including the largest spider in the world!
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We'll go to the Rainforest to meet brightly coloured poison frogs, turn a pineapple into a bromeliad, catch insects in a pitcher plant and listen to the forest at night.
I've added a whole load of rainforest activities for all ages in my free Newletter, Explorers in the Rainforest. See how to make a blowpipe, get free clip art and watch Ray Mears build a rainforest shelter by subscribing to my Homeschool Newsletter.
Back in the rainforest, you'll finish your homeschool science
activities by finding out what you use in your house that comes from the
rainforest and see how you might help save them. It's easy to turn
these activities into a fun rainforest lapbook.
This is what one of my Facebook fans said after seeing this page:
"We are going to do this and then at the end head to the Rain Forest Café."~ Nancy
I can't think of a better way to round off your Unit Study!
The first thing you need to make homeschool science fun is a large piece of green cardstock - the bigger the better.
You need to start by making the habitat your animals will live in - and, by the way, you've just added a lovely word to your homeschool science curriculum.
This is an 'all in it together' homeschool science project with you working alongside your kids. My daughter Catherine was age 4 when we did this, and my son William 6.
If your kids love animals they will love this project.
And with more than half the known animals and plants in the world - Rainforest for Kids activities is a perfect subject for a Homeschool Unit Study.
You can block out the sunlight by using finger-prints. Just get your kids to stick their fingers in lots of different colored green paint and add a few swathes of green with a big brush.
This was part of the forest activities William and Catherine really enjoyed! What a way to work the word 'canopy' into your homeschool science.
Now is where your Rainforest for Kids activities come alive as you add all the animals.
The Rainforest Alliance has facts, virtual storybooks and online games to play.
Try out some of these wonderful ideas on Pinterest from making a rainforest biome in a jar to a tree sloth and a rainforest pinata.
(Special thanks to Anne's page on Pinterest for finding many of them!).
Wow! William loved the idea of plants setting traps for animals and Rainforest for Kids was the beginning of his fascination with carnivorous plants.
As part of your activities to celebrate rainforests, why not buy your own pitcher plant? There is so much homeschool science to learn in the way plants attract their prey.
Maybe it's going a bit far to suggest that part of your homeschool activities might include leaving your cat food out for a few days to mimic one of the smelliest plants in the world - rafflesia!
Birds of Paradise have to be one of the stars of the rainforest.
If that sounds too complicated, Rainforest for Kids was the start of our love-affair with making things move on the page.
See how your rainforest comes alive once you start getting things opening and closing and making things slide along.
You can find out how to do it in this page on paper crafts for kindergarten.
Watch the pterosaur fly!
You can use just the same simple techniques we used to make our flying pterosaur and leaping ichthyosaur.
How about an emerald tree boa slithering along one of your branches?
Listen to the Sounds of the Rainforests
Before your kids decide who else to add, you could wake their interest by listening to them!
So many animals to learn about for homeschool science!
you want to look at some gorgeous photos of them, William and Catherine
loved this adult reference book:
Our ring-tailed lemur comes from grey felt with a card tail.
You couldn't let your kids miss out on the arachnids! There are more species here than anywhere else, with 850 species of tarantulas alone.
Poison frogs are fabulous.
How about having even more fun with your Rainforest for Kids science activities by making your own bromeliad?
The Remarkable Rainforest by Toni Albert has this great homeschool science project:
Facts for homeschool science:
Don't forget the forest floor!
Millipedes are enormous. You could use corrugated card to show off the segmented body.
How about a rhinoceros beetle?
Bring the Rainforests Home
Part of the fun of Rainforest for Kids is to make it real. Why not go round the house and see what you can find that originally came from the forest?
Your homeschool science activities could include finding out what else
comes from there!
This jaguar isn't going to be the only one to suffer if we keep on chopping down the trees.
Part of your rainforest activities should really be visiting one.
Once you've all begun to see how marvelous rainforests are, you'll probably want to help try and save them.
You could add writing activities to your homeschool science.
Here are some of my most popular homeschooling pages. Click on the pic to go to the page. And - enjoy!
By now you should have met spider monkeys, harpy eagles and tree sloths. Rainforest for Kids
is all part of the delight of homeschool science.
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