Save the rainforest

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By Caroline PetherbridgeCreative Director of Sparkle Education

Getting children to appreciate the importance of rainforests is not easy. Caroline Petherbridge provides some crafty activities to get you started

The plight of today’s disappearing rainforests is one which you may perhaps have already touched on during other topics. The fact that rainforests are under threat affects us all, and it is important that children understand how places a great distance away can still influence aspects of their lives here. So how can we bring our children to care about somewhere so far away? Is it possible to make them passionate about saving a place that they may never see? This month’s topic aims to bring some of the wonder, beauty and sheer diversity of the rainforest into your classroom. Hopefully, your children will develop a natural respect for such an important part of our Earth and appreciate why the rainforests are worth fighting for.

Rainforest artwork

The topic is cross-curricular in its content but has a strong emphasis on fun, hands-on activities. To try to capture some of the beauty of the rainforest, I have included a range of art and craft ideas. If you try them all, your classroom will be awash with jungle colours and eye-catching displays.

FACT: Rainforests affect the world’s weather

All trees release moisture into the air. If trees are not there to do this then rainfall levels drop and the world’s climate changes.

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  1. Frogtastic
    on 31 March 2010

    wow!!

    These are fabulous and just what I was looking for to link with our rainforest topic. Thanks.