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Animals in the rainforest

Did you know?

Over 600 new species of beetle have been discovered in a single species of tree.

  • A three-toed sloth only goes to the toilet every eight days…and …he moves so slowly that algae (a kind of moss) grows on his fur!
  • Anableps are fish which live in the Amazon river. Their eyes are divided into two parts so they can see above and below the water at the same time.
  • Macaws eat clay to stop themselves becoming poisoned by the seeds that they eat.
  • Over 300 species of frog live in the Amazon.

Make a Turtle/Tortoise

Turn a paper bowl upside down and cover the top with PVA glue and various shades of green tissue paper. When dry, draw round the bowl (which is now the shell) Add a head tail and feet to this circle then cut it out.Stick the shell to the body to complete the turtle.

Make a Crocodile/Alligator

To make an effective alligator skin, start with a green piece of paper. Paint dark green or green blue paint onto a piece of bubble wrap and print in onto the green paper. When dry, draw an alligator shape and cut it out. Add eyes and teeth to finish him off.

Animal footprints

Cut out one big circle and three small circles from a washing up sponge (the flat ones about 1cm thick) Stick these circles on a piece of thick card to form an animal footprint. When dry, dip in paint and make footprints all around the room!

Make a Frog puppet

The following web-sites have easy to follow instructions of how to make two different frogs using construction paper or paper plates.

Rainforest poetry

Share this poem with your class. Ask them to write a similar poem about other rainforest animals.

Three talking toucans sitting in a tree,
The first one turned and squawked at me!
Three little toucans sitting in a row,
The second one said “I flap my wings now watch me go”.
Three little toucans sitting side by side,
The third one said “My bright beak I open wide”.
Three red-eyed- frogs sitting in a tree
The first one turned and jumped towards me.
Three red-eyed frogs hopping all about,
The second one said “At night I come out”.
Three red-eyed-frogs, leaping tree to tree,
The third one said “Wait for me”
Three morpho butterflies gliding through the trees,
The first one swooped to take a look at me.
Three morpho butterflies sitting on a leaf,
The second one was eating something sweet.
Three morpho butterflies flitting all about
The third one landed on my snout!


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