Activity 5: Get in Touch with Nature
In this section, children will be introduced to different textures and use the sense of touch to explore the parts of rainforest trees.
The Mystery Box
- Make mystery boxes by cutting two circles in the long side of each shoebox so that a child could put both hands inside.
- Set up several mystery boxes and place one rainforest tree item inside each box (banana, cinnamon stick, orange, Brazil nuts, wood, etc).
Encourage the children to touch the mystery objects with their hands. If you have a group of children, have the children sit in a circle and pass the mystery box so that each child has a turn at reaching into the box.
- Ask: How does the object feel? What words would you use to describe it? What do you think it is?
- Invite the children to remove the lids and to look at the objects. Were any of their guesses correct?
Make Bark Rubbings
- Tape large sheets of paper to tree trunks with masking tape.
- Have the children rub a crayon sideways back and forth across the paper. The pattern of the bark should begin to show on the paper.
Label the rubbings with the real or made-up names of the trees. Talk about the patterns that appear.
- Ask: How are the patterns different? How are the patterns the same?
- Use the rubbings in collages or frame them as artwork.