Jungle Activities & Fun Ideas for Kids




You have come to the right place if you are looking for fun, engaging and exciting Jungle themed activities to do with toddlers, preschoolers and kindergartners. Our activities are used by teachers, moms, dads, child care providers and more!

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Jungle Arts and Crafts

Newspaper Trees
Take 3 sheets of newspaper and roll them up overlapping as you go. Tape the bottom. Cut about 4 or 6 slashes 1/3 of the way down the top. Gently pull up on one of the inside “leaves” and then you have a paper tree.

Animal Cracker Art
Supplies needed:
Light Blue Construction paper
Animal Crackers
Crayons or markers (Crayons work better)

Give each child a sheet of light blue construction paper and let them create a scene for their animal crackers to appear in. (They have a much easier time if you prepare an example for them to look at). After each child has completed their scene just glue the animal crackers to their picture.

A collage from animal crackers.

Cut a giraffe shape from orange paper, and sponge paint it with black paint to make spots.

Fluffy Birds
Glue 2 popsicle sticks together to form a cross. Glue real colored or paper feathers onto the cross leaving the top for a head. Glue paper head on top OR use markers as eyes & beak.

Zany Zebras
Give each child a construction paper picture of a zebra with no stripes, mane, or tail. Use a fine brush or Q-tip & have them make stripes with black tempera paint. When paint dries, glue strips of fluorescent paper on neck & tail. Have the kids fringe paper.


Jungle Games and Activities

Terrariums are easy to make from plastic soda or water bottles. Have everyone bring a bottle with the label off. Cut bottle in half. Put pebbles and potting soil in the bottom half.

Plant some small plants and water it sparingly. Use the top half with the cap on as the lid. Cut 4 1″ places on the cut edge of the lid so as to allow it to fit over the bottom planted part.

The plants will then water themselves from condensation on the inside of the bottle. They last a long time without care. You can add a ceramic rain-forest animal.

Tribal customs
Get a book on indigenous people of the rainforest and face paint the children to look like the tribal people. Then string beads for tribal necklaces. Play a tape of rainforest sounds; the rainforest is never quiet.

Rainforest Collage
Make rainforest collages from rainforest products such as coffee, sugar, tea.

Safari Hunt
Decorated your toilet paper binoculars and went on a Safari. Hide animals all over and pretend to put on your backpacks, hats etc. Then stop in the middle because it’s so hot and have a pretend drink of water and put on your sunscreen.

If you decorate the room to look like a rainforest, you could use some steam vaporizers. This will enable the children to understand more about the type of weather that is found in the rainforest.

Jungle Fun
After talking about what animals live in the jungle, ask the children to draw and cut out three or more animals that live in the jungle. Make binoculars out of toilet paper rolls. When the children are not there, tape the pictures out in the hall and then go out on a safari. The children are to find the pictures that belong to them.


Jungle Recipes and Snacks

Jungle Animal Centerpiece (Edible)
Pick an apple that will stand up by itself nicely. Cut the apple in half, horizontally. Place the two cut ends in a little lemon juice, to retard browning). Cut a plastic straw into 3 equal pieces. Pick 3 jungle animals from a pkg. of animal crackers. Place the straws into the bottom half of an apple evenly. Attach each animal cracker with a dot of peanut butter. Press top half of apple into bottom half of apple. Instant animal carousel.

Animal Crackers

Toast cut into jungle shapes

Cake decorated like a jungle on top.


Jungle Songs, Poems and Finger Plays

Three Talking Toucans
Three talking toucans sitting in a tree
The first one turned & squawked at me!
Three little toucans sitting in a row
The second one said”I flap my wings,watch me go!”
Three little toucans sitting side by side
The third one said “my bright beak, I open wide!”

Three Frolicking Red Eyed Tree Frogs
Three little frogs sitting in a tree
The first one turned & jumped towards me!
Three little little frogs hopping all about
The second one said “at night’s when I come out!”
Three little frogs leaping tree to tree
The third one said “hey,wait for me!

The Mighty Morpho Butterflies
Three morpho butterflies gliding through the trees
The first one swooped to take a look at me!
Three morpho butterflies sitting on a leaf
The second one was trying to eat something sweet!
Three morpho butterflies flitting all about
The third one landed on my snout!

Take A Walk In The Rainforest
There are four levels of the rainforest.
Let’s take a walk & see.
The Emergent Level of the rainforest is the tops of the tallest trees.
Vultures,Mosquitoes, flying Geckos
Glide on skin from head to toe
Harpy eagles almost four feet tall
Look around ’cause that’s not all
There are four levels of the rainforest.
Let’s take a walk & see.
If we could bend way back & look up high,we’d see the Canopy.
Fruit Bats,Toucans Parakeets too
And Howler Monkeys,to name a few
It looks like broccoli we would say
From the window of a plane on a sunny day
There are four levels of the rainforest.
Let’s take a walk & see.
Look straight up,we will find what’s called the Understory.
Bromeliads and orchids are called Epiphytes
They grow without soil at different heights
Butterflies,Tree Frogs,& hummingbirds
Are some of the sounds that can be heard
There is one more level of the rainforest.
We’ve reached the number four.
The lowest level of the rainforest is simply called the Floor.
Clay and sand & fallen leaves
Mold & fungus, buttressed roots of trees
Insects, Millipedes, crocodile
Anacondas & natives who love to smile.
At the four levels of the rainforest, let’s take a walk & see.
There are four levels of the rainforest.
Name them now with me.
Emergent Layer & canopy
Are one & two.
Let’s go for three.
The Understory, don’t forget number four
The lowest level, the forest Floor.

Little Froggy
(tune: I’m a little teapot)
See the little froggy
Swimming in the pool
The water’s great
It’s nice and cool
When he gets all cleaned up
Out he’ll hop
Squeaky clean
From bottom to top.

See the little froggy
On the lily pad
Trying to catch flies
She’s getting sad.
When she catches one,
She’ll gobble it up
Back in the water
She’ll go kerplop!

Baby Frogs
“Ribbit Ribbit” said mama frog
Sitting on a great big log
“Where are my babies, where can they be?”
Then out of the pond jumped one, two and three.
(Hold up three fingers , one at a time)
She was happy as could be,
But where were the others? She couldn’t see.
So, “Ribbit, ribbit,” she called again.
Then out they jumped—4,5,6,7,8,9 and 10.
(hold up remaining fingers one at a time)




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