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!
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 HomeschoolUnit Study.
You could begin by painting the trunks of the emergents towering above the canopy.
Metallic bronze paint is great for those enormous tree trunks. Add a few branches coming off to support your leaves.
Wool makes fabulous liana vines.
The canopy layer is nice and thick.
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.
was part of the forest activities William and Catherine really enjoyed!
What a way to work the word 'canopy' into your homeschool science.
A few more golden branches sticking out will support all the bromeliads, toucans and spider monkeys you're going to add to the understory.
Dark felt tips do well for the forest floor.
Remember to add big buttress roots coming off your trees. Ours look more like lumpy fingers but you get the idea!
Now is where your Rainforest for Kids activities come alive as you add all the animals.
How about starting with some butterflies? The choice is overwhelming. How about a birdwing butterfly or an African sunset moth?
William's chosen a blue morpho. Sometimes it's exciting to plump for the world's largest.
Records are something rainforests have in spades, and it's another way
to make homeschool science memorable for kids. For beauty and the
world record, add an Atlas moth.
To make it easier, you could cut out butterfly shapes and let your kids stick bits of holographic paper on top to make the patterns.
You could download pictures from the internet and stick them on. We didn't, but it would work just as well.
And don't forget story time:
"Awesome! We are building rainforest habitats tomorrow!"
So many animals to learn about for homeschool science!
couldn't let your kids miss out on the arachnids! There are more
species here than anywhere else, with 850 species of tarantulas alone.
Our Goliath spider is not only the world's biggest spider but the
only one with eyes like that! A bit of artistic licence is allowed
sometimes, and googly eyes are easy to buy and fun for the kids to stick on.
rest of him is from black felt and card. Your kids will certainly
learn how many legs a spider has as part of homeschool science!
fun, you can add some cotton thread to represent the flying hairs he
uses to shoot at attackers.
Rainforest Activities for Kids: Make a Bromeliad
Poison frogs are fabulous.
Choose lovely bright cardstock and glossy paper.
Iridescent paper works well to show off ballooning throat patches.
My kids really enjoyed adding baby tadpoles to the mother's back and putting one inside a bromeliad pool.
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:
Chop the top off a pineapple, leaving about 3 inches of fruit
attached to the leaves.
Let the pineapple top dry for a day or two.
Then remove the soft fruit, but leave the core attached to the leaves.
Fill a container with soil.
Plant the pineapple top with the core
in the soil and the leaves above the soil.
Get your kids to water the
Set the pineapple in a sunny place.
Water when the soil gets dry.
After your pineapple plant has grown some new green leaves in its
centre, put the plant outside during warm weather.
Place the plant in
its container under some shrubs or trees and leave it for several weeks.
(Water when needed.)
Check the pineapple plant every day to see if it is collecting
water in the center of the plant or at the base of the leaves.
for particles of dirt, leaves, pine needles, or flower petals. Are
there any insects or worms on the plant?
Facts for homeschool science:
Real bromeliads are part of
the pineapple family.
Up to 250 different species of animal have been
found living inside bromeliad pools.
Tank bromeliads can hold up to 10
gallons of water.
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
Bananas - you could eat one too!
Cloves, pepper, nutmeg, ginger...
Your homeschool science activities could include finding out what else
comes from there!
Save the Rainforests!
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.
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