One way to teach children about the importance of rainforests and the animals that live in them is by making the material interactive, instead of using merely oral repetition. Tropical rainforest crafts will give the kids something to look forward to and excite them about the subject matter while supplementing traditional teaching methods.
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Make rain sticks for kids to play with and recreate the sounds of the rainforest. Construct these out of empty paper towel and gift wrap holders. Let the kids decorate the exterior with paint, glitter and other items such as feathers or rhinestones. Seal off the bottom of the tube securely. Add a handful of egg noodles, shell noodles, rice or beans. Seal off the top of the tube securely.
Make parrots to hang from the ceiling as if you were actually in the rainforest. Make the parrot's body and wings out of construction paper. Punch a hole in the parrot's back and poke a string through to hang the parrot from. Glue craft feathers onto the wings for decoration as well as to add a tail.
Make a diorama of the rainforest. Have kids create three-dimensional or pop-up trees and animals. Have them make trees of different heights and levels, then label according to the various canopies of the rainforest.
Trees and Vines
Make trees and vines just like those in the rainforest to decorate the walls. Use construction paper to cut out the tree trunks. Make leaves out of tissue paper to create a full look like the trees seen in the rainforest. Twist green tissue paper to make vines and staple or tape to the wall.
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