Enter the Rainforest
Roaming the Rainforest
Before we venture too far into the rainforest, we'll spend the day skirting around the edges, learning about its different layers, and studying amazing adaptations animals have developed to survive. Grab your binoculars because you'll be exploring the nature right around you to see the different rainforest layers up close.
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What are the four different layers of the rainforest? What is one animal that lives in each layer?
If you had to live in the rainforest and could borrow just one adaptation from another species, which one would you want most?
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Our Planet: Jungles
Giant gorillas, ambitious ants, organized orangutans, bashful bats—they all play an essential and interconnected role in the rainforest. This 50-minute Netflix documentary follows each of these animals, from the dark jungle floor to the sun-filled canopy layer, revealing why the survival of one depends on the survival of the other, and what happens when deforestation hits their home.
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Rainforest in a Shoebox
Using the documentary to inspire you, construct your own 3D rainforest in a shoebox! Follow these instructions and get creative using whatever art supplies you have at home: Paint, colored paper, pieces of fabric, cardboard, rocks, twigs, etc. Magazines with photos of nature scenes can be especially handy.
If you're short on craft supplies, you can also consider creating your rainforest scene out of toys like Legos or going big and using natural-colored sheets or towels, houseplants, and stuffed animals.
Think about the different parts of the rainforest and remember how distinct and important each layer is. Be sure to add plants, animals, insects, and maybe even human beings that love and protect their rainforest home.
Rainforest animals glide, slide, jump, crawl, run and fly to move their body from place to place. (And to think, all we do is walk from place to place.)
Join Andy in his Wild Workout as he shows you different animal moves. You may want to do it twice, if all this talk of rainforests has you feeling jumpy. Then, come up with a few of your own moves!