Rainforest Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

Rainforest  Unit Study with Ivy Kids Kits

{disclaimer ~ Ivy Kids is a blog sponsor and sent us a kit for this review}

Our love for Ivy Kids Kits continues! These continue to be the best monthly subscription kits I have seen.

Not familiar with Ivy Kids Kits?

Ivy Kits are a monthly educational subscription for children ages 3-8 developed by early childhood teachers with children of their own. You can tell these kits were developed by people who truly know young kids.  The activities are awesome. Not only can you subscribe to a monthly kit, you can also buy past kits.

Each Ivy Kit contains instructions with ways to modify games to best suit each individual child and provide adults with questions to structure a child’s learning. There are enough games and materials in each kit to engage and cognitively stimulate a child throughout the month and can be replayed for years to come.

We were sent The Rainforest Grew All Around for this review.

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In this Ivy Kids kit you will find:

  • The book The Rainforest Grew All Around by Susan K. Mitchell, is a beautifully illustrated story that introduces readers to the rainforest and is fun to sing out loud!
  • Read along Bookmark: Use to assist with reading comprehension.
  • Rainforest Animals: Included in this month’s kit is a collection of unique rainforest animals.
  • Rainforest Animal Matching: Match each rainforest animal figure with the card displaying the animal’s picture and name.  
  • Wooden Snake: Use the paints to decorate your flexible wooden snake and use the included snake figures as models.
  • Sounds of the Rainforest: Use the materials provided to create a rainstick, which is a musical instrument that sounds like falling water. 
  • Layers of the Rainforest: Place animal stickers on each layer of the rainforest board. Use the rainforest fact board to help you identify the animals that live in each layer. 
  • Rainforest Animal Scratch Art: Scratch off the colored coating on each rainforest animal to create colorful body parts and decorations on each animal. 
  • Kapok Pod Observation and Exploration: Included in this month’s kit is a pod from a real kapok tree that grows in the rainforest. Use your senses to explore the pod and record your observations.
  • Inside a Kapok Pod: Hit the pod against a hard edge and crack it open. Observe and explore the inside of the pod and record your observations on the sheet provided.
  • Planting a Kapok Tree in a Terrarium: Plant real kapok tree seeds in a terrarium  to mimic the humid rainforest environment.
  • Rainforest Animal Bingo: Cover all the rainforest animals on your board to win the game. 
  • Snakes and Vines: In this board game, players race their frog pawns up the kapok tree. Use vines for a short-cut but watch out for the snakes. The first player to reach the bromeliad plant wins the game.
  • Bromeliad Jump: Push down on the frog to make it jump onto one of the numbered bromeliad plants. Keep score of the numbers your frog lands on.
  • The Rainforest Grew All Around Story Retelling: Sequence the cards in the same order as the events happened in the story and then retell the story. 
  • Rainforest Diorama: Turn your Ivy Kids box into a rainforest. Create a rainforest scene inside the box with the rocks, leaves, twigs, and rainforest animals. Let your imagination run wild!


Activities From Our Box…

She really learned a lot from this kit, and really enjoyed the layers of the rainforest activity.



Once she finished she went on a hunt for all of the rainsforest animals in the book and created a place in our schoolroom to display her rainforest theme! 

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Opening the Kapok seed was by far her favorite activity from this box. I was enthralled also!

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After opening and investigating, she planted the seeds! 

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The kit came with mini rainforest animals, and she loved these! She even learned some new animals she hadn’t heard of before!

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Another super fun activity was making a rainstick! 

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This girl loves snakes and has many toy snakes. When she opened this box and saw a wooden snake inside, she was thrilled. She painted it and it now hangs out with her other toy snakes.  

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There aren’t pictures of everything she did because she enjoyed much of the kit with her grandma. There was BINGO, Scratch Art, and more! This was one of our favorite kits ever! I know I have mentioned this before but my mom and I both highly recommend these kits for grandparents who might want something fun to do with grandkids.

You can buy this kit here!

We also loved our A House for Hermit Crab kit, Penguin & Pinecone kit, Gotta Go! Gotta Go! kit, Over in the Ocean, Dog’s Colorful Day, Are You a Ladybug?, and Mrs. McTats and Her Houseful of Cats!

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A huge thanks to Ivy Kids for sending us these kits to review. If you are looking for a simple way to do unit studies with your young child, I highly recommend Ivy Kids Kits!

When you subscribe to Ivy Kids, each month you will receive a very well organized kit containing a book and ten or more activities based upon the story. Everything you need to learn and play is included in your kit. I mean EVERYthing. These kits are incredible!

Kindergarten w/Krash ~ YCR/Unit 8, RRSK/Bb, Phineas & Ferb


You Can Read: Unit 8 {little, do, we, all}
RRSK: Letter Bb
Theme of the Week: Phineas & Ferb & Rainforest
We had to extend the YCR and RRSK units beyond a week, so he had 2 themes during that time.  A Mini Phineas & Ferb few days and the Rainforest. 

You can download all of the printables for this unit FREE here on the main RRSK page, just scroll down until you see them!  We do 2 activities from the set per day, making 10 total activities. 
Homeschool at its finest, does tracing a Bible verse get any better than this?IMG_3743

I did the cutting for him, he searched for the words as we recalled the verse together as he glued each word down.  TONS of word work going on here, he really likes this activity!IMG_3791

He still wants to teach the songs to other kids, so he made another video for you!    You can download the printable with the verse tune here on the RRSP Letter Bb webpage.

RRSK Letter Bb Bible Verse ~ Matthew 5:9

He really liked glittering the word…IMG_4036

We are pulling the easy reader book out to work on it again.  The easy reader is a part of the Letter Bb RRS Preschool set. Here he was reading his easy reader to me, but struggling a bit so we headed down to the bean bag to cuddle up and read together. 
PacMan saw me getting ready to read with Krash and asked me if he could take a video of us reading together.  I said yes and then thought some of you might want to peek at it.

Signing his name to the story he dictated to me.  He asked me to re-read his story to him many times, even days after we wrote it! IMG_4267
Working on patterns with letter B words…IMG_4120
Learning letter B in sign language…IMG_4123

If you want early access to printables beyond what I have blogged about, you can see info about purchasing here!

We used unit 8 from You Can Read.  Here’s a glimpse into some of the You Can Read work he did.  He did it all but I only have a few photos!
Color by word…IMG_4116
Stamping his words {this is a You Can Read Add-On}…IMG_4109
Tracing his words using our dry erase activity centerIMG_4032
Adding to his word caterpillar.  He re-reads the words up there to me, then we add any new words he knows…IMG_4342

I created a new add-on that will available in the You Can Read paid section SOON!  Roll & Graph Sight Words!  Krash loves this game when we play it with our theme packs, so I thought he might enjoy it specifically for his words.  I was right, he LOVED it!  He rolled the cube, read the word and then found it and marked it on his graph.  One of his favorite parts were the “wild cards.”  Since there are only 4 words and 6 spaces, I made 2 spaces wild, so he could choose which word to mark.  Only key-he still has to read the word to me!
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Word-Play-rectangle4122We shot words with Nerf guns again, just didn’t take any new pictures!  Check out more wonderful Word Play ideas here!


Phineas and Ferb is such a regular things around here.  I used to think it was a one of those “bad shows” until I learned that my friend Shannon’s older kids watched it.  We are very similar in parenting so I figured we could give it a try.  I am SO glad we did, it is hilarious and we all love it, from Ladybug up to Daddy!
I made Krash some Phineas and Ferb Kindergarten Printables and he loved them.  Here he was practicing counting backwards 10-1…IMG_3799
Working with fraction bubbles, using dot paintersIMG_3759
Following my directions…
Practicing names and values as he sorts coins…IMG_3805

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His very favorite activity, Read and Write the Room!  He actually begged me to put more words up!!!
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Clipping numbers 1-10 on the Rainforest Clip & LearnIMG_4051 

Matching our mini animals to the nomenclature cardsIMG_4072
Matching his words in the pocket chartIMG_4100
Loving the puppets in the rainforest sensory binIMG_3998

We combined our animal cards with our rainforest sensory bin and had a blast night when our friends were over playing.  One child would hold the photo cards and the rest were divided into teams.  In this shot, she is holding up the animal for the teams to search for.IMG_4188
They all run to the bin and crowd around {after rules were given about pushing, touching, etc.} and dig through with only one hand to try to find the animal…IMG_4191

Krash was VERY good at this game!!! It was hard for the other kids, since the names of some of the rainforest animals are not common {tapir, bonobo, mandrill, etc.}
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We got out a new Guidecraft toy for review, Locking Ladders.  Both boys absolutely LOVE these!  Pac said for me to tell my readers it is probably his very favorite Guidecraft toy that we have reviewed {and we have a lot!}.  Here Krash made himself a weight to life on the left, and a camper for people to ride on on the right…
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Another consignment sale treat, Melissa and Doug Cookies.  Played with a LOT this week by all kids!IMG_4079

Krash spends time playing “school” games on the iPad almost daily.  I have a folder set up for him of all of the games he can choose from during “school iPad time.”  He still loves the Bob Books app, which is such great phonics practice!  IMG_3782

Wedgits are always a popular choice for all 3 kids.  Krash has gotten much more elaborate with his building.IMG_4202
My boy has big dreams of being able to do the splits like the Karate Kid.  he is in gymnastics now and LOVING it.  He is very strong and coordinated, it will be neat to see where God takes his abilities.   IMG_3868
He’s a hula-hoop master too.  Both boys are amazing, I don’t get it-I can’t keep it up for a second!IMG_4276 IMG_4275 
Magneatos continue to come out a lot…IMG_4197
Krash has been loving our nightly Table Talkers games, I am amazed with how much learning is going on in that little brain of his!  Enter to win Table Talkers here! IMG_3827

A few items we used…
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Tot School ~ Letter Rr…Rainforest

~Ladybug is currently 29.5 months old~



Tot School Printables R is for Rainforest

Letter: Rr

Object: Rainforest

Vocabulary Development Theme: Rainforest

You can find the printables for this unit here on the Tot School Printables webpage.

Much of her work was displayed in our pocket chart for her {and Krash} to choose from.  The nomenclature cards on the bottom are from Montessori Print Shop.IMG_3935

Here’s a peek at some of the Letter Rr activities she wanted to do{and I managed to snap photos of}.

Gluing her numbers…IMG_4026

Dot painting as K “showed her where the letters were! IMG_4030

Coloring her letter Rr words, again with Krash!IMG_4065


Using the lacing card as a magnet tool…IMG_4082

Finding the rainforest animals I call out, using her cookie sheet and magnetic pom poms…IMG_4088

 Letter Rr printables here!

Fun Books & Toys for this unit here!Tot School Printables Toys and Books Letter R


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On her shelves…


  • top left {basket} rainforest animals and books
  • top right…Betty Lukens Safari Felt Set {wish we had the rainforest one, but this was the closest we had!}
  • top middle…fishing ABCs from Grasshopper Preschool Prep Kit
  • bottom middle…Color Magnetic Book {this must be old, I could only find it online here}
  • bottom right…wooden dominoes {cannot find them online, they are “Learningsmith Classics”}
  • trays: Rr Rainforest work {changed throughout the week as she completed activities}

She worked with the color book my mom got her at a recent consignment sale…

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Our main school bins are always available, and come down a lot.  I move things around to inspire “choices” and sometimes will lay a bin out to encourage play.  This day I had set out the stacking pegs and she went right to building!IMG_4199

We played SO much, but I hardly took any photos during play time!


tub-of-fun_thumb2_thumbThe Rainforest Sensory Bin was out every day and we used the contents to work on various activities.IMG_4006




Ladybug has become quite the artist this past week, drawing little faces everywhere!

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One day I showed her how to draw a stick person, and she copied me!  Hers is on the left and she then added to my example on the right!IMG_4091Our great friend was over one night and she drew him!  I think it looks just like him!IMG_4280

She also explored finger paint, be sure to see the post if you’d like to see more!

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We have a few friends come over once a week for a play date.  What a wonderful time of learning this is for Ladybug.  On the right, she was waiting for an apology from the sweet little boy who accidentally hit her with the trike.  I love her face!

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Little Miss learned how to drink out of a water bottle without spilling and was quite proud of herself.  She is also pretty proud of her Daddy.

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Something Special ~ Rainforest Thumbprint Art


I love thumb/finger print art so I brainstormed what to do with it for our Rainforest theme.  I decided to create a background for the kids with a few trees, and came up with a few sample ideas for Rainforest animals and created idea cards for the kids to share while creating {if you want to print these sheets, download is here}.

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What you need:

  • ink pads {be sure to use washable}, or even finger paint {we used both}
  • baby wipes-for messy fingers, and paper towels-just to be ready!
  • sample animals printables {or your own ideas/examples}, we have borrowed Ed Emberley’s great books from the library and really enjoyed them!
  • printable rainforest tree background {or plain paper to draw your own}
  • PATIENCE…if you include a toddler in this process.  Be sure to have additional ideas to keep him/her busy.

First I showed the kids the examples, also telling them they were free to use them or not-or alter them using their own creativity.  I gave them some scrap paper to practice a few on.


Then, I showed them the tree template and let them choose if they wanted to use it.  Krash did, Pac did not.  K began water-coloring his trees.IMG_4129

Meanwhile, scream-o tot was exploring her finger paint and screaming at me to “wipe da finder” every 2 seconds {about that time I was thinking, “why didn’t I wait until her nap time to do this?”}


PacMan proceeded to draw and paint his background and enjoy adding his rainforest animals to his scene.  IMG_4155


Just in case you think she got a grip, here’s proof… it only got worse.  I do believe she was doing some sort of yelling, crying, or all-out-screaming the entire time.IMG_4147

She stopped for a few seconds to color some trees.IMG_4157

Then decided she did indeed enjoy this {after the rest of us were all done}, and began to go to the complete opposite extreme-painting herself!IMG_4173

I had walked away to clean up a bit and came back to this.  Just seconds before this, she was freaking out about it being on her finger a tiny bit.  Here’s a video I took of her silly drama!


The next day, after the paint had dried, Krash illustrated the drawing portion of his thumbprint animals {butterflies and a parrot}.


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Rainforest Sensory Bin

In honor of our Rainforest theme, I made the them a Rainforest Sensory Bin

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I filled the base it with jewels, rocks, and foam flowers & frogs {from Oriental Trading}.  I added our Rainforest Toob, as well as a pack of Rainforest Finger Puppets I ordered from OT also. I purposely didn’t put rice or anything teeny-tiny in it, so the kiddos could clean it up easily. I really wanted a brown base to emphasize the waste found on the forest floor, but I just didn’t feel like doing beans or rice this time and I didn’t have any brown bigger items for the base!  So we pretended the jewels were rain and humidity!IMG_3926

Buckets, tongs, spoons, and more were also added for extra exploration and fun!

When a new sensory bin is brought out, it is an exciting time for all 3 kids.  They all really look forward to seeing what I came up with for the theme.  This bin was especially exciting since we have been using the Rainforest Calendar Connections cards all month long and learning all about the Rainforest.


The finger puppets were a BIG hit!IMG_3998

Pac even ran down to the basement to get our puppet stage and they put on shows!IMG_4004

Ladybug stayed out of the show time and spent her time with me. We did lots of sorting, counting, and naming {animals}.


She loves the mini tongs and uses them a lot which I love-such good hand muscle work!IMG_4005



I set up a Rainforest shelf on top of Ladybug’s Tot Tray shelf.  We don’t have the awesome Rainforest felt set, so we used our Jungle set instead! {use code OnePlus for 15% off at Betty Lukens}IMG_3955

I added a few books and more Rainforest animals to her basket…IMG_3931


Right near this shelf is also her Rr is for Rainforest Tot School Printables set up in our Pocket Chart, including both Amazon and African Rainforest Nomenclature cards from Montessori Print Shop



A bit of info about where the contents of the bin came from:

Be sure to visit my Rainforest Pinboard on Pinterest for more rainforest ideas!

If you haven’t read the Montessori Minute post about sensory play, be sure to read that to see why these bins are so wonderful for kids!

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