Homeschool science comes alive in the rainforest! If your child loves animals and is aged 5 to 7 plus come and join in our Rainforest for Kids activities.
We'll start by making a homeschool rainforest scene, including the largest spider in the world! We'll go on 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.
The first thing you need to make homeschool science fun is a large piece of green card - 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.
Catherine was age 4 when we did this, William 6. They've always loved animals - and with more than half the known animals and plants in the world - Rainforest for Kids activities fits the bill perfectly!
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. How about starting with some butterflies? The choice is overwhelming. How about a birdwing butterfly or an African sunset moth?
Rainforest Activities: Carnivorous Plants
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 the smell of rafflesia!
But I can easily show you how to make a terrarium for carnivorous plants and I'm sure your kids will love watching them catch insects.
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.
William and Catherine loved homeschool activities that involved opening and closing things and making things slide along.
You can see the simple techniques we've used if you look at our flying pterosaur and leaping ichthyosaur in our page on homeschool Kindergarten Crafts For Kids.
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!Live Rainforest
So many animals to learn about for homeschool science!
If 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.
Rainforest Activities for Kids: Make a Bromeliad
Poison frogs are fabulous.
How about extending your Rainforest for Kids science activities by making your own bromeliad? The Remarkable Rainforest by Toni Albert has this great homeschool science project:
Don't forget the forest floor!
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!
Save the Rainforests!
This jaguar isn't going to be the only one to suffer if we keep on chopping down the trees.
Once you've all begun to see how marvellous rainforests are, you'll probably want to help try and save them.
You could add writing activities to your homeschool science. Pretend you are an orang-utang in the forest. Imagine what it would be like to have loggers come to cut down the trees to grow palm oil.
Don't forget our fun science project Ocean Creatures for Kids.
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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