Colors and Creatures

The rainforest plays host to an overwhelming array of plants, animals, and insects. It is impossible to accurately determine the precise amount. Some biologists estimate that there are over five million species, more than half of the world’s population of creatures elsewhere. These creatures provide a rich texture of color that adds to the intrigue of the rainforest. During circle time, we discussed the various colors of some of these animals, and concluded the morning with a color experiment! Using half and half, soap, and droppers, we observed how color is affected by soap. As it is dropped into the half and half, it quickly disperses. This is due to the fat content in the half and half. Your little scientist not only practiced their fine motor skills, but experienced the benefits of cause and effect!

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Rainstorm!

To initiate our rainforest endeavors, we first learned about what makes a rainforest a rainforest! There are two kinds of rainforests, and they are characterized by climate, the amount of rainfall they receive, and their location on our planet! Our focus centered upon the tropical rainforests of South America, but there are also temperate rainforests that are located in higher latitudinal regions. Because young children learn best by participating in their learning experiences, we created our own rain storm! Using drum sticks, cymbals, shakers, triangles, and tambourines, we recreated the different phases of a tropical rainstorm!

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Peanut Farming

The United States is one of the world’s most prominent suppliers of peanuts! These tasty legumes grow best in loose soil, and adapt readily to a variety of different climates. With shovels, flowers, peanuts, tractors, and farmers, we created our own peanut farms! Your little one learned that peanut plants form flowers, and that they are harvested in stages. We practiced loosening our soil and burying our peanuts beneath our flowers. The second stage of harvesting required separating our peanuts from the flowers, so we did that as well!
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Chopsticks and Peanuts

There are several creative ways to teach young children about different cultures. By using chopsticks, your little one is gaining insight into the traditions of different countries around the world. Because we were learning about protein this week, we practiced picking peanuts up with our chopsticks! This activity fostered your little one’s fine motor development and hand-to-eye coordination skills.

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