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.
"Awesome! We are building rainforest habitats tomorrow!"
~ Cricket, homeschool-activities Facebook fan
Build A Rainforest with Free Worksheets
Action Aid has put together some fantastic free worksheets and
printables like the one above so you can build your own rainforest.
For ages 5-7, they have a free welcome to Brazil quiz, animal quiz, build your own rainforest printables and teacher notes to download here.
For ages 7-11, they have Amazon rainforest facts, a deforestation fact sheet, writing exercises and teacher notes to download for free here.
Here are 10 Top Facts. Did you know?
Palm oil is the cheapest and most efficient vegetable oil to produce,
which is why you'll find it in a staggering almost half of all consumer products you use.
critically endangered Bornean orangutans were killed between 1999 and
2015, all lost to deforestation, which occurs in large part due to
demand for palm oil.
Rainforests only cover around 2 percent the total surface area of
the Earth, but roughly 50 percent of our plants and animals live there.
The Amazon Basin holds about a fifth of our fresh water.
There are two types of rainforest, temperate and tropical.
Nearly a quarter of the world's oxygen is produced in the Amazon rainforest.
In some rainforests it rains more than one inch nearly every day of the year!
More than three-quarters of the flowers in the forest are not found anywhere else in the world.
1 out of every 4 ingredients in our medicine is from rainforest plants.
Every minute, about 2,000 trees are cut down.
Visit A Virtual Rainforest
I quite like this rainforest trail cam - the grainy and slightly blurry
images gives a feel of really being there and will get your child glued
trying to spot the armadillo and tapir.
You can take a virtual field trip to the rainforest in this video, which has some great images of animal camouflage.
And this site has interactive links which are fun to try.
You can find out how rainy the rainforest is compared to your State and click on the map to find out where the Amazon is.
It helps to bring things closer to home if you can hear from the children who live there.
Here are some stories from real children who live in the rainforest.
My daughter's chameleon would work brilliantly as a rainforest diorama based on our ocean diorama.
I saw this done using a circular slot in the back of the shoe box to
make a howler monkey swing through the trees. It's the same idea we used to make a pterosaur fly in kindergarten activities
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"We made a diorama and found a colorful sticker printout sheet with
the names of the animals. (I didn't have any sticker paper so I just
printed on copy paper, cut out and glued them on)." ~ Angie
I thought it would be fun for kids to make their
own unique rainforest sounds!" ~ Angie
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.
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.
Make a Handprint Parrot
"We found an
activity to make a bird using multi-colored cutouts of my son's hands as
That was my most favorite!" ~ Angie
Rainforest Activities for Kids: Make a Bromeliad
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?
Rainforest Facts For Homeschool Science
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!
enjoyed reading stories to my son about the rainforest, in particular we
liked the book Explore! Rainforests by Lisa Kurkov." ~ Angie
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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