Sunday, January 31, 2010


Are your children interested to know more about rainforests? In this post I will share resources both for rainforest unit study divided into preschool and for elementary school age.
Rainforesr unit study resources for kids age 4-10
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Rainforest Books for Preschool

We picked rainforest to study, because Smarty had rainforest theme in her preschool this week. Of course, we had to go to the library and get some books about rainforest - both fiction and non-fiction books:



If I Ran The Rainforest

Both Smarty and I liked every book from Cat In The Hat Learning Library series that we tried. If I Ran the Rainforest was well received here. It talks about many concepts in a very simple-to-understand way. Smarty loved the labeling of different rainforest animals and plants in the pictures and already spent a lot of time rereading the labels. Again, I learned some things about rainforests from this book that I never knew before (well, not in English language anyway).

Smarty made a short unprompted story about Rainforest. Smarty (taking deep breaths): Do you know what I am breathing? Oxygen! Oxygen comes from rainforests, and rainforests are wet. They have canopy and understory. Me: Understory? Smarty: Yes! Ms. Kelly told us! I want to visit rainforest – let me go pack my backpack.

Creative Rainforest Art Prompts

Preschoolers will enjoy creating their own rainforest habitats for their animals with these creative animal prompts from A Little Pinch of Perfect.

Build a Rainforest Habitat

Smarty built a rainforest out of LEGO, and Crayon Box Chronicles built this gorgeous rainforest sensory bin as a raiforest habitat for plastic animals

Amazon Rainforest Books for Elementary School Kids

Since I am updating this post when my daughter is already in elementary school, I decided to add some of  her favorite books for older kids about Amazon rainforest:

Rainforest Summer Camp at Home

JDaniel's Mom has a wealth of crafts, snacks and other ideas for older kids - enough for a whole week of summer camp at home!

Amazon Rainforest Lapbook

Tina at Tina's Dynamic Homeschool has a huge variety of rainforest resources and printables - perfect for in-depth homeschool or after school rainforest study and for creation of Rainforest lapbook

Visit a Rainforest

We were lucky to visit a very real rainforest when we went to Hawaii last year, but a trip to the nearest zoo and/or botanical garden would be the next best bet to get your kids experience rainforest flora and fauna up close.

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9 comments:

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

There's a Magic School Bus episode called "In The Rainforest" (you can find it on YouTube in three parts) - the science would be above Anna's age level, it's about ecology, and chocolate - but it is quite rainforesty :)

Debbie said...

There is a simple science experiment you can do with Anna about rain forests. I will email you the details.

MaryAnne said...

I love Anna's enthusiasm about visiting a rainforest!

Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog said...

Oh she is adorable! I love her little story!! How great to take the theme from her preschool and run with it like that.

Susana said...

She has an awesome memory! Cute story.

Thanks for these book titles too!!

Tracey said...

This is my first visit to your blog. I love the design and how informative your content is!

Ticia said...

I love the "let me go pack my backpack." Super cute!
I love the Dr Seuss learning series too, I really do need to find more of those, they just flow well and have the right amount of information for this age.

Adriana said...

I love the rainforest story. Anna has such a large vocabulary and a great imagination.

Crunchy and Green said...

Such a cute story. What a great memory for her age!