We started our Rainforest Adventure theme over the weekend and the first week is all about the forest floor layer. Of course we did lots of fun activities and projects to reinforce what we were learning.
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One of my favorite things about homeschooling preschool is putting together sensory activities. The little guy and I can’t live without them. Each month, we get lots of ideas from Mother Goose Time.
The Teacher Guides are full of fun activities and we’re definitely all about the Investigation Stations. I’m loving the tid-bits of information about each topic/sub-topic that they’ve included this year too. We’ve been reading them with our lessons every day.
The forest floor is the bottom layer of the rainforest. It is dark and damp. Without sunlight, most plants can’t grow. However, roots and many mushrooms are still found on the forest floor, along with a thin layer of fallen leaves, seeds, fruits, and branches. The forest floor is also a home to animals, such as ants and jaguars. It is important for children to be exposes to new concepts that build their knowledge and vocabulary. The week, children will learn to compare plants and animals of the rainforest with those of their own environments.
This sensory activity was inspired by one of the Investigation Stations in the Teacher Guide. We switched things up, so that it’d be a little bit less messy. Either way, the options are endless.
Rainforest Floor Sensory Activity for Little Kids
What you’ll need
- Activity Tub
- Black Beans
- Rainforest Figures
Here’s how to do it
- Create your forest floor in the activity tub using black beans.
- Add rocks and moss. We used artificial moss and river stones from our local craft store.
That’s it. A quick and easy rainforest floor sensory activity that’s sure to keep your preschoolers busy for a while. Use the rainforest figures and pretend to hop like a frog or fly like a butterfly.
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