Most children learn about rainforests at some point while they are in grade school. While teaching kids about the various flora and fauna native to rainforests, it is helpful to do craft projects with them so that they can illustrate what they're learning. Rainforest crafts can be done inexpensively with kids of all ages and grade levels.
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Puppets can be made of animals that are typically found in rainforests, such as jaguars, tree frogs, sloths and monkeys. You will need paper lunch bags (from your local grocery store), construction paper, markers, scissors and craft or stick glue. Cut out shapes for the ears, tails and wings (if applicable) for the puppets you want to make, and let the kids glue them onto their paper bags. Have the kids assemble their puppets, and then decorate them with markers.
After the puppets are dry, the children can either have a puppet show or talk about facts pertaining to each animal, such as what they eat, whether they are a carnivore or herbivore and what type of animal they are (mammal, bird, etc).
Rainforest Animal Masks
It is fairly simple to make a mask of rainforest animals using blank, white paper plates and finger paint. Ensure that the area the kids will make their masks on is covered with several layers of newspaper. It's also a good idea to have the kids wear aprons or large, old t shirts to protect their clothing.
Assemble various colours of finger paint on the work surface, and give each child a paper plate. Tell them to think of their favourite rainforest animal, and have them draw the face of the animal onto the paper plate with the paint. Allow the masks to dry completely before letting the children play with them.
Parrots are very common in rainforests, and children often enjoy learning about them because they are a very colourful type of animal. To make a paper parrot, you will need the following from your local craft or hobby supply store: construction paper (green or yellow); pencils; colourful, faux feathers; markers; and craft glue.
Trace the hands and one foot of each child onto the construction paper, and then cut out the shapes. Instruct the kids to glue the hands onto the sides of the foot shape to make the body and wings of the parrot. After this portion of the parrot is dry, allow the kids to use the markers to put details onto their parrot, such as eyes and a beak. Have the kids turn their parrot over and glue feathers onto the back of it.
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