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.
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Rainforest Books for PreschoolWe 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:
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 PromptsPreschoolers 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.
Have you explored rainforest with your kids?
More Geography for Kids
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