Rainforests hosts a variety of animals, plants, flowers and probably more insects and crawling creatures than many of us have ever seen. Making rainforest displays in your classroom can present an interactive way for kids to learn basic information about climate, culture, animals, and balance in nature.
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Set aside an area dedicated to cultural elements. Research native cultures of rainforests and common traditions, rituals, or experiences they have due to their location such as art and music. Create faux masks, staves, rain sticks and other ritual accessories to mimic some of those you learn about. Use craft supplies such as beads, feathers, glue and construction paper to create masks, and display your creations in this area on manikin heads or arranged around the culture section.
Make a large-sized drawing of a parrot or bird and label the common areas of its body and key elements that enable birds to fly and survive in the rainforest. Print pictures and small facts about different bird species commonly found in temperate or tropical rainforests. Hang pictures of the birds and facts around the classroom.
Make a chart of the animal kingdom structure of the rainforest. In each class of animals, include small pictures of well-known animals native to the rainforest in that category. Arrange the pictures on one wall display of the classroom in a large enough size that the pictures can clearly be seen. Include small captions about each animal pictured underneath its respective picture.
Trees and Plants
An art project everyone can get involved in is drawing or finding photographs of native flowers and plants found in the rainforest. Mount the pictures onto large index cards. On the back of each card include the common and scientific name of the plant.
Use drawings or photos of leaves from the various trees native to rainforests. Create a rainforest vine using twisted green craft wire. Attach the leaf pictures along the vine using clips or string.
Rocks and Topography
Use paper mache and acrylic paint to create faux rocks and use them to create a waterless waterfall model. Create a chart that labels facts about waterfalls such as the tallest waterfall recorded, how waterfalls are made naturally, and where they are found.
Create a diagram of a thermometer and use it as a sort of measuring stick for a miniature diorama of a rainforest. Create the two types of rainforests (tropical and temperate) side by side as a way to compare differences in structure. Indicate the changing climate levels using a colour-coded system to represent temperature ranges between the types. Indicate areas with the least and most rainfall, heat or other interesting facts concerning elevation and climate changes in rainforests.
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