Home to the most diverse
and complex systems of life on earth, more than ¾ of the known
species of plants and animals are found in these tropical paradises.
They are situated near the equator in Latin America, Africa and
Asia. Rain forests occupy 6% of the earth's land mass. The rain
forest is known for high temperatures and frequent rainfall producing
a hothouse effect. Layers of vegetation are another characteristic
leading to its great diversity of species.
402-1 Toucan Candy Holder:
All 37 species of Toucans are found living in the canopy layers
of the rain forests of South America. Create this foam model
of the Toco Toucan whose bill can be 7½" long in the wild.
402-2 Leaf Print Floor Cloth: Trees and plants of the
rain forest have unique shapes and patterns. Utilize them to
create an artistic floor cloth.
402-3 Feathered Mask: Rainforest art reflects the environment
and is usually functional. Masks play an important part because
they are used in ceremonial rituals. They represent animals
and spirits. Feathers have their own significance. This oil
pastel mask evokes the colors and feather story of rainforest
402-4 Woven Wall Hanging: Bamboo and rattan (made from
lianas or climbing vines) are some of the products of the rainforest.
This project utilizes paper and paint to simulate the texture
and design of a rattan wall hanging.
402-5 Palm Tree: Palms are one of the trees of
the "Understory" layer of vegetation in the rainforest.
This tree is totally made from paper with a surprise element
- the coconuts are made from coffee grounds which is another
of the key products of the rainforest.
402-6 Hands On Project: Kids helping other kids through
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