Some fun rainforest art lesson plans are for students to make sculptures out of clay or paper. These sculptures should be of animals from the rainforest. Once you have shared with your students a book such as The Great Kapok Tree, they will have a lot of examples of animals that are found in a rainforest. Then, you give them a chunk of clay and let them create a 3-D sculpture of one of these animals. Depending on the kind of clay you give them, students can also paint these often colorful creatures.
To take these rainforest art lesson plans one step further, students can create scenes in a shoebox for their clay sculptures with paper, markers, and crayons. Using these materials, students create a rainforest habitat for their clay animals, and they put plants and possibly other animals in their scenes that you would find where this animal lives in the rainforest. For example, if students sculpted a red-eyed tree frog, students could create the lower layers of the rainforest as well as a pond or river for the frog. Students might include other animals in their scene that live in this part of the rainforest in this one of the rainforest art lesson plans, but the focus would be on the red-eyed tree frog.
If you don't have any clay available for your students, they can still create these rainforest animals and scenes using paper. You can also get creative and use paper towel or toliet paper rolls for the bodies of animals. The focus animal should be 3-D if possible.
Have fun and learn more about the rainforest with rainforest art lesson plans!