How to Make Rainforest Animals With Children

Updated July 20, 2017

Art projects can not only be exciting for children to create, they can also be very educational. Learning more about our world's rainforests is one way to help children become more concerned about and aware of their environment. In addition, this allows a great opportunity for a discussion of geography. During the projects, show children a map and point out the rainforests in Asia, South America and Africa. Have children research which types of animals live in the various forests. Knowing how to make rainforest animals with children is one way to encourage an eco-friendly and educated future.

Cut five or more strips of green construction paper 1 to 1½ inches wide and 7 to 8 inches long.

Loop one strip and staple or glue it together.

Place another strip inside of the first circle and loop it around to intertwine the pieces. Affix the ends together with a staple or glue.

Continue creating the chain by looping more strips. The more strips you use, the longer the snake will be.

Use a piece of green construction paper to draw and cut out a snake head. Leave a neck or stem at the bottom of the head to attach to the body.

Glue or staple the neck portion of the head to one end of the paper chain.

Draw or paint eyes on the face of the snake's head.

Create a snake tongue from the small piece of red construction paper. Draw a long and narrow rectangle with a sharp fork shape at the end. Attach the tongue to the end of the head.

Make a snake tail by cutting a wide "S" shape from the green construction paper. Affix the tail with glue or staple it to the end of the chain.

Cut a large, dark green leaf shape from construction paper. The shape should be rounded on one end and pointed on the other. Draw a line with a black marker down the middle of the leaf lengthwise to create a leaf vein.

Position the leaf so that it is lying on its side with the point and bottom on each end.

Make an oval from the lighter green paper. Glue the oval horizontally to the top of the leaf.

Use the red paper to cut out two circle frog eyes. Make pupils inside of the eyes by drawing vertical lines with the black marker. Attach the eyes to the top of the oval.

Cut six long, skinny toes with round bulbs at the tips from the red paper. Put three of the toes on each side of the oval.


Use markers or paint to add designs to the anaconda chain sections before looping them to give the snake designs on its skin. When placing the tree frog toes, make sure the top of the rectangular section aligns with the top of the leaf. This will give the perception that the frog is peering over the top of the leaf.

Things You'll Need

  • Dark green construction paper
  • Light green construction paper
  • Red construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Glue or stapler
  • Various colours markers or paint (optional)
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Candy Moore has written for various websites since 2004, specializing in educational and recreational topics such as crafts, pets and cooking. She holds a master's degree in business from Georgia State University.