Thursday, February 18, 2010

Rain Forest Plants Activity

Today I gathered up the various foods and spices that
go along with the rain forest plant cards. The kids were
intrigued and excited ("we get to TRY everything, right?!!")

To introduce the rain forests, we first did our world pin map
(bottom right) and sang our continent song. (At one point, someone from overseas asked if we could tell them how the melody goes. I videoed the kids singing the song and shared that at that post. We're certainly not professional --with video or singers, but if you wonder how we used the map/song in the preschool years, that post will show you what we did.)

Then we pulled out the biome pin map, placed the
deciduous and coniferous forests (that we studied last
week) and then looked at the rain forest regions of the
world and put that pin on the map as well.

We then took the continent cards (above - We have similar ones in our 60+ page World Animal Packet.) and took turns placing the continents in the correct place out on the floor.
We put the lists of native plants on the proper region -- ie. the Americas, Australasia, etc.

NOTE: The rainforest plant cards have moved to our new blog. They are free.  You will find them at this link:   Rainforest Plant Cards:

Each person got several of the rain forest plant cards and
we took turns putting them in the correct regions of the
world along with the spice, food (or shoe!) They really
enjoyed smelling (and tasting) everything (especially the
chocolate which isn't in the photos above)! I think this
activity was a success. Now they're watching the Magic
School Bus -- Rainforest episode giving me a chance to
post and get lunch on the table. Whew!

I hope you and your kids have fun with these cards!
It's amazing how much we rely on the rain forest regions
of the world.

By the way, the cards refer to where the plants originated, but
of course these days plants are grown in multiple regions of the

We have a new 50+ page Rainforest Unit   
More details over at our new location or you can purchase it with the link below:

Some of the topics we covered in this unit included
  • basic facts about the Amazon Rainforest
  • biodiversity and deforestation
  • layers of the rainforest
  • animals of the rainforest
  • rainforest animals - research pages; fun fact pages
  • where these animals live (which layers)
  • rainforest insects
  • rainforest plants
  • In addition, there are blank research pages


Our Amazon Rainforest Unit is 50+ pages.  It is $4.00

As you have probably gathered, our rainforest packet does not include rainforest animals from other parts of the world. It focuses exclusively on the Amazon Rainforest.
Once you pay for this packet, you will immediately receive a link to download this file (which will open in a browser window).  You will also receive an email from Sendowl (the service I use) to your PayPal email address, which will have a link you can click on to download the Cell unit.  (It will say, “You can download your digital products…” with a clickable link.)  Of course, if you have any issues just email me at — liesl at homeschoolden dot com.  You can also reach me by using the contact form on the blog.


Don’t forget to check your PayPal email address for the download link.

You might be interested in these related posts:

You can find a free printable to make your own Montessori-Style World Pin Map here.

60+ page World Animal Packet including World Animal Montessori Cards and other activities:

Animal Packet: 5 vertebrate groups and their characteristics, main invertebrate groups, animal tracks and more
Types of Animals Worksheets
Happy Homeschooling! ~Liesl

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