Learning About Rainforest Animals

As I’ve written previously, my children love animals of any kind and are very interested in rainforest animals. They thoroughly enjoyed reading the book Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme by Marianne Berkes. In particular, they liked finding the 10 different animals in a two-page spread at the end of the book. Personally, I was amazed by the bright illustrations consisting of detailed artwork formed with polymer clay and later photographed for the book.

A bonus to this book is the pages of information at the back of the book about the size of animal families, the rainforest community and details regarding each of the 10 animals featured in the story line. A great resource for parents and educators!

For further rainforest/jungle reading, check out my earlier post titled Rainforest Exploration!

You may also be interested in my post on Over in the Meadowwhich provided the inspiration for this book.

Happy reading! 🙂

Best Ages: pre-k to 1st grade

Activity Ideas:

  • One of the lesser-known animals included in Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme is the omelet. Visit the National Geographic Kids website to learn more about ocelots! You can also vote on where you’d like to see a large cat and watch a video of an ocelot on the hunt.
  • Print out and color in these (free!) realistic printables of rainforest wildlife.
  • Go online to explore the rainforest through the interactive children’s activities found on the Rainforest Alliance’s website.
  • Practice counting to 10 by writing out the numbers 1-10 on a brightly colored paper. Allow your child/students to use stickers or dot markers to mark next to the numeral.

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