Explore one of the greenest places in the world, the rainforest. The warm, wet climate encourages lots of large green plants to grow. Green animals also live there - bugs, caterpillars, bees, beetles, lizards, parrots, and snakes make their homes in the rainforest.

This clip is from:
Our Planet, Eggs and Green
First broadcast:
20 February 2007

While watching the clip, the children’s attention could be drawn to the diverse range of leaf shapes and shades of green. There are a number of good points to pause the clip to focus on how the leaves are adapted to channel away excess water using drip tips or to float. A collection of plants could be made available for the children to explore these adaptations using pipettes and drops of water. They could compare and contrast the size and texture of leaves with those from their own surroundings and offer reasons why most of the tropical ones are usually found on 'house plants'. It may be useful to watch the latter part of the clip without sound to initiate a discussion about camouflage. This clip would also be a useful reference when making leaf shapes and creatures for creative artwork.