Tropical rainforests are home to a host of colourful creatures that have great appeal for kids of all ages and are an ideal subject for colouring projects. Many rainforest plants have large leaves with bold, distinctive shapes that provide clear outlines for kids to colour. Colouring is an absorbing activity for kids that will keep them entertained for long periods while helping to hone their fine motor skills.
Colour A Scene
Visit the sites listed for colouring pages of rainforest scenes to print out. Rainforest animals are a popular subject and are featured on many sites. Supply your child with colouring materials such as crayons, pencils or pens in a range of shades. Colouring a rainforest scene with a lot of foliage provides an opportunity for children to experiment using several shades of the same colour --- in this case, green.
Print out rainforest animal templates from an online site such as First Palette. Color them in with crayons or markers. Print out the bases and colour those, too. Cut out the animal shapes and bases carefully with craft scissors. Insert the animals into the bases to make free-standing rainforest animals.
Have your child create a rainforest background scene on a large sheet of paper. Fill the background with large leaf shapes, jungle vines and flowers and have him colour them carefully. Alternatively, have him cut leaf shapes from construction paper and glue them onto the background paper. Stick the background scene to a piece of cardboard and add supports at the back to make it free-standing. Display some free-standing rainforest animals in front of it.
Rainforest Coloring Crafts
Colour pictures of rainforest animals and cut them out carefully. Glue them onto coloured paper to make bookmarks or doorhangers. Laminate them to make them more durable and give them to friends and family as gifts. Alternatively, glue them to craft sticks to make animal puppets and use them to tell animal stories, using the rainforest diorama as a background scene.
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