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DAY 3

Enter the Rainforest

The World’s Largest Treehouse

Do you ever wish you could swing with ease from tree to tree? Soar and glide high up in the sky? Bask in the sun a hundred feet in the air? Today, you'll get to do just that, as we live amongst the animals that call the rainforest's canopy and emergent layer their home. You'll follow monkeys as they swing through the branches, practice eating like a bird, design your own dream treehouse online, and more.

what you’ll need

  • A computer, tablet, or mobile phone and access to the internet
  • Pens, crayons, markers, or colored pencils
  • Construction paper (many colors)
  • Scissors
  • Glue, tape, or staples
  • A straw
  • Household items like chopsticks, clothespins, spoons, and pliers to use as "beaks"
  • Small items like marbles, pennies, gummy worms, and rice

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FOR PARENTS

Ask About Today

What plants and animals live in the canopy and emergent layer?

Dinner Discussion

What is something you would choose to eat as slowly as a sloth—and why?

Skip the Ads

Unfortunately, online videos often start with short advertisements. Remind your campers to click the "Skip" button as soon as they can to move ahead to the video.

explore

15-30 minutes

Climb into the canopy layer with these videos on some of the animals that call it home.

01

Critters of the Canopy

The canopy layer is home to most of the rainforest's animals and plants, including some that almost never touch the ground. Learn about a few of them here!

WATCH

Remember: Online videos often start with advertisements. (Annoying, we agree!) Click the "Skip" button as soon as you can to move ahead to the video.

02

Beware the Harpy Eagle

Watch the harpy eagle, the most powerful bird of prey, swoop and glide in between the canopy trees. Who is it going for?

03

Why So Slow, Sloth?

Why are sloths so slow, anyway? Are they just lazy? Let's find out.

(Also, "So slow sloth" is a pretty good tongue-twister. Try saying it three times fast.)

04

Get a Toucan's-Eye View

Want to get really high in the air? Check out this drone video to see what the emergent layer looks like from above.

05

Searching for the Tallest Tree

What's the tallest tree in the Amazon rainforest? Join these researchers in their quest to find it.

create

30-45 minutes

01

Design Your Dream Treehouse

The rainforest canopy functions like the largest treehouse in the world, home to countless animals and insects. Spend some time designing your own dream treehouse with this online tool from ABCya. Pick your tree and wood types, add rope ladders and bridges, fill it with furniture, and more!

CHECK IT OUT

Share your work! We'd love to see it. Ask a parent to email a screenshot to us or share it on Instagram or Twitter by tagging @CampKinda.

For younger explorers

Let's Talk Toucans

The canopy layer is where birds like toucans live. Go to this website to learn "The Three Talking Toucans" rhyme and then follow the directions on how to make your own toucan craft with your handprint and footprint!

read

30-45 minutes

The birds of the rainforest make their home in the canopy layer, where they can hide in the different trees and swoop down to eat insects, nuts, and more. Let's get to know a few of them.

01

Get Familiar with the Flock

Read about the different types of birds that live in the rainforest. Make sure to pay attention to what they eat and what their beaks look like!

02

Incredible Bird Nests

When it comes to creating a home, birds can be extremely resourceful and creative. Read about 16 of the most amazing nest structures built by birds, in rainforests and beyond. If you had to create your own home in the rainforest, which nest would you model it after?

03

Meet the Potoo Bird

The Potoo is a nocturnal bird of the rainforest, with a funny name that matches its odd appearance. See for yourself!

For younger explorers

Slowly, Slowly, Slowly

Read along to Eric Carle's "Slowly, Slowly, Slowly" Said The Sloth, complete with sounds from the rainforest.

For younger explorers

Hanging Out with Orangutans

Spend some time in the trees while reading along to the story Orangutan: A Day In the Rainforest Canopy.

For younger explorers

Into the Rainforest with Carlos

Join Carlos on his adventure in the rainforest's canopy in the story The Umbrella.

play

15-30 minutes

Birds of the rainforest have different kinds of beaks for different reasons, and their beaks often help them eat certain types of food. Some eat seeds and fruit, others eat insects and hard nuts. Today, we'll see what that's like, and which beaks work best for which foods.

01

Try Out Some Bird Beaks

1) Gather materials for your own "beak" collection. Look for things like:

- Chopsticks, pointed pliers, or tweezers for long, skinny beaks
- Spoons or small shovels for more curved, scooping beaks
- Clothespins or tongs for shorter, stubbier bills

2) Then find some small items like marbles, beans, rice, and rubber bands to serve as your "food."

3) Practice "eating" with your beaks. Which type of beaks work best for which foods? Which type works best overall?

4) After practicing, challenge your siblings or your parents and see who can pick up more food in 20 seconds!

Check out the link for more ideas and instructions.

move

15-30 minutes

01

Long Jump Contest!

Spider monkeys spend most of their lives hundreds of feet above the rainforest floor. To get around they leap and climb from branch to branch. They can easily leap 10, 20, or even 30 feet through the air and land safely! Their secret? A tail that acts like a fifth arm. Check out the video linked here to watch them at work and learn more.

When you're done, head to a long hallway with carpet or a grassy area outside. If you have a tape measure at home, bring it with you. Use a marker like a small towel or a stick to mark your starting point. Stand behind it, and see how far you can leap without a running start. Use another item to mark where you land. Then try a few more times and measure your distances. What techniques help you jump farther? How far can you get?

WATCH

Contest rules: Be careful and ask an adult before you head outside!

more to explore

30-45 minutes

High up in the canopy, there's always more to explore.

01

Spider Monkeys are the Coolest

Besides a cool tail that acts like an extra arm, spider monkeys only have four fingers. You'd think thumbs would help with all that leaping and climbing, but it's actually the opposite.

02

World's Coolest Treehouses

The canopy might be the world's largest treehouse, but people have built some of the coolest ones. Right now, living in a tree sounds pretty good to us. Which one of these would you want to call home?

03

A Walk through the Canopy

Take a relaxing stroll through a series of rope bridges in the rainforest canopy in this 20 minute video. Hope you like heights!

04

Orangutan Facts

Learn more fascinating facts about our friends the orangutans!

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