After reading the story the Kapok Tree and discussing what kinds of things would be found in a rainforest, the children then made drawings in crayon of something they might see in a rainforest. After completing the crayon drawing, we then took diluted liquid water colors and made it “rain” on their pictures. We used eye droppers but you could let them just paint the entire picture. After the pictures dried, the children dictated a few sentences to me about their picture and I assembled the pictures to make a class book.
For our Rainforest week I read The Great Kapok Tree and talked about the rainforest as well as showing pictures. The next day I asked the class of Kindergarteners to draw a picture of the rainforest and boy did they turn out great. Then I traced a picture of a parrot and had them glue small scraps of different colored construction paper to it. The final outcome was a colorful parrot, like those in the rainforest!
Teach children the concept of symmetry by placing their handprint (using washable tempura paint) on a 46 degree angle in one half of a piece of paper. Fold the other half over making the two wings of the butterfly symmetrical. Place a colorful straw in the middle for the body and use pipe cleaners for the antennae.
This year my pre-K class constructed a Rainforest in the classroom! We used 4 carpet tubes as the trees (they fit perfectly over a child’s little tykes table). All the children helped paint them brown. We used netting and crepe paper as the tree tops. We made snakes, monkeys, tree frogs, and butterflies for our rainforest. We also made a waterfall. We used a large and long piece of bulletin board paper and had the children take off their shoes and socks and step in blue paint and skate across the paper. This made a neat effect of a waterfall! They really had fun with this unit.
Have each child trace both of his/ her hands. Have them exchange one of their hands with another child. Tape two hand prints together to make a friendship butterfly. Paint with sponge paint or markers.
Rain Forest trees- Use paper towel or toilet paper rolls and have the children paint them brown. After drying, I made various leave sizes and the children cut them and stuffed them so they come out of the top of the trees. Cut slits about 1 1/2 to 2″ up from the bottom and the trees will stand up in your rain forest.