Coinciding with the hot, humid summer weather, our latest offering from Koala Crate was all about the rainforest.
The first project, a Butterfly Puppet, as actually quite a bit like a butterfly craft we put together recently from Ranger Rick magazine, illustrating how caterpillars morph into butterflies. The one in this crate simplified things greatly, providing us with a felt butterfly puppet body that we needed only to decorate.
Travis really took charge on this one with his own vision of how the caterpillar and butterfly should look. We didn’t end up with a version that matched the sample, therefore, but I loved his final caterpillar creation.
You can talk with your child about symmetry as you decorate the butterfly portion, but rather than insist on a symmetrical orientation to our stickers, I let Travis design it the way he wanted.
Folding the wings in and out of the puppet’s body for the transformation was a delight every time.
Next up as the Musical Rainstick. Cap one end of the provided cardboard tube with a provided plastic cap. Next fold up the indents in the provided cardboard insert; this will help the beads fall at a slower “rainy” rate. Here we are very seriously adding the wooden beads:
Time to shake shake shake! This was so fun that it was a little while before we decorated the rainstick with the rainforest stickers.
The rainstick gets used again in the final project, a Balancing Tree Game. Punch out the cardboard branches, and fold the ends up.
Use a Velcro dot to adhere these branches to one end of the rainstick. You can also add a few more of the rainforest stickers.
Now the challenge was to fill the rainforest tree with pom-pom leaves using the provided tweezers. This was great fine motor skill practice.
A note of caution: The game is hard, even for grown-ups, so be prepared to ease some preschooler frustration.
As a nice touch, the pom-poms store handily in a provided pouch when you’re done with play.
As a final craft, we put together a suggested Venus flytrap. Parents, cut little triangles all along the edges of a paper plate. Use markers to color the inside of the plate red and the outside green.
We didn’t even finish coloring before Travis eagerly made his flytrap chomp on some pom-pom flies!
Oh no, can a Venus flytrap eat a whole caterpillar?
I loved seeing Travis’s imagination at work with this one.