I’m sharing all the free resources I used to teach my son all about Brazil this week, including free activities, crafts, Brazilian samba lessons, how to make Brazilian cheese rolls, links, educational activities, videos, recipes, and crafts! This comes from our around-the-world unit study, and I’d be thrilled if you used these ideas for learning in your homeschool or classroom. | Brazil unit study for kids | Brazil crafts for kids | Brazil homeschool unit | Brazilian crafts | virtual travel | virtual travel around the worlds | #Brazil #homeschool #virtualtravel #travelwithkids

Global Citizens Club for Kids: Virtual Trip to Brazil: Brazilian Arts and Crafts for Kids

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Join us for a trip around the world as we “virtually” learn about different countries, cultures, foods, music, and famous landmarks with Brazilian arts and crafts. Each week we will post about a different country with tons of great activities to engage with children of all ages. This week we will be learning about Brazil. Join us on an adventure around the world with Brazil crafts for kids and lots of fun activities! This unit is perfect for homeschool families, travel-loving families, and teachers with our sample Brazil lesson plan. Let’s start! All about Brazil for Kids!

Virtual Travel to Brazil crafts and activities. Photo shows rain makers, Brazilian mask crafts, Brazilian dancers, parrots and more.
Note: The masks are from our Italy unit. Stay tuned for Italy.

Grab this fun passport kit as an add-on to our global adventures. The kit includes a “passport”, stamps, stickers, and other items to get kids excited about their adventure. You’ll see our passport used throughout the lessons. It’s perfect for our homeschooling Brazil unit.

Little Passports Kit for Brazil: includes stickers, activities, coin, postcard and an amethyst.
Little Passports: Brazil Unit

Each unit we locate the country of study on the map and complete our passport as we progress through the different activities. It makes it seem like we are really traveling the globe together!

Passport with stickers for the country of Brazil.

Save this Brazil Lesson Plan for the future.

Travel virtually to Brazil with us! Lots of free Brazilian crafts for kids and activity ideas! Think: STEM Projects, crafts and activities, unit study or thematic lessons, Brazilian Parrot Craft, Brazilian Samba dancers, learning Portuguese, Brazilian samba, Brazilian folktales, favorite books about Brazil, Brazil map activities and more! | Brazil unit study for kids | Brazil crafts for kids | Brazil homeschool unit | Brazilian crafts | virtual travel | virtual travel around the worlds |#Brazil #homeschool #virtualtravel #travelwithkids

Want to travel to more countries? Check out all of my previous travel units by clicking on the name of the country.

Be sure to read through all the Brazilian craft ideas & activities, gather or purchase any needed supplies (most are what you have around the house), and then decide which activities you’d like to cover each day. Each activity has suggestions on how to modify it for younger and older children, but feel free to get creative and share your experience with us.

The following activities work great as Brazilian lesson plans for preschool-aged children, toddlers or elementary students.

If you like a schedule, here is a suggested 3-day “schedule” to complete all the Brazil classroom activities. It makes a great schedule for a Brazil homeschool unit.

Day One

  • Read Books About Brazil
  • Locate Brazil on the map and do the map activity
  • Create the Brazil flag
  • Listen to Brazilian music
  • Learn some Portuguese phrases
  • Pick some Brazil Arts and Crafts for Kids from the list

Day Two

  • Make your own pão de queijo (cheese bread) and Brazilian lemonade
  • Learn about famous landmarks and festivals with carnival dancers
  • Have fun with Brazil Arts and Crafts
  • Learn a Brazilian dance

Day Three

  • Watch Rio on Netflix or Amazon
  • Read some Brazilian Folktales
  • Enjoy a Brazilian dinner
  • Plan a Field Trip or your future trip
Famous city in Brazil.

All About Brazil for Kids

  • The Brazilian people speak Portuguese.
  • Brazil is the largest country in South America.
  • The capital city of Brazil is Brasilia.
  • The Brazilian landscape is very varied. It is most well known for its dense forests, including the Amazon, the world’s largest jungle, in the north.
  • Brazilians LOVE soccer and their country has produced some of the best players in the world.
  • Brazil has the greatest variety of animals of any country in the world. It is home to 600 mammal species, 1,500 fish species, 1,600 bird species, and an amazing 100,000 different types of insects.

Books About Brazil for Kids

We found quite a few great books for kids about Brazil. We’ve included a few options that you can either purchase on Amazon via the links or you can reserve them at the library for a low-cost option. Grab a few options, even if the reading level is too high for your child, they can still look at the pictures and maps or have an adult read the book to younger children.

Do your kids enjoy watching YouTube? I know my son is always finding fun little videos. Here is a great video with some great facts about Brazil. Learn about Brazil’s culture, geography, and animals.

Brazil Map Activity

Brazil is a country located in South America. It is the largest country in the southern hemisphere. Brazil is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean to the east; French Guiana, Suriname, Guyana, Venezuela, and Colombia to the north; Peru, Bolivia, Paraguay, and Argentina to the west; and Uruguay to the south.

Satellite image of Brazil.

If you have a globe, help your child(ren) locate Brazil on the map. If you have the passport kit from Amazon, it comes with a fun colorful map that you can hang up.

  • Ask your child what they know about Brazil
  • Write down any questions your child has about Brazil

Print the map below (right-click on the image, save it and then print).

Color Brazil GREEN on the map. Then use different colors to show the various countries surrounding Brazil.

You can use watercolors, crayons, markers or colored pencils. I’ve linked to our favorites if you need more supplies.

Printable map of south America.

Preschool Kids: Color the map

Elementary Ages: Talk about the various regions. Ask questions about the map:

  • What is the Capital City of Brazil? Mark the capital on the map with a star and write Brasilia.
  • Add the location of the Amazon river with a thick blue line. The amazon river runs through the northern part of Brazil into the top of Peru.
  • Add the neighboring countries names

Brazilian Flag Activity

The Brazil flag is known in Portuguese as Verde e amarela, or less usually Auriverde, is a blue disc depicting a starry sky spanned by a curved band inscribed with the national motto “Ordem e Progresso”, within a yellow rhombus, on a green field.

Map of Brazil with green background, yellow rhombus and blue center.

Make a flag of Brazil.

For preschoolers, practice cutting and gluing with the instructions below.

Older kids can choose to paint or hand draw and color.

For this craft, all you need are: (if you need supplies, click on the links)

Soccer fan holding up the flag of Brazil.

Step 1. Draw and cut out the shape of a rhombus on the yellow construction paper.

Drawing a rhombus on a yellow piece of construction paper to make the flag of Brazil.

Step 2. Glue the yellow rhombus in the center of the green construction paper.

Little boy gluing a yellow piece of paper to a green piece of paper.

Step 3. Print out the center blue disc and glue to the center of the rhombas.

Printable image of the center of the Brazilian flag.

Step 4. Voila! Display on a string or use painters tape to add it to the wall.

Display of Brazil crafts on the wall with a large map in the center.

Brazilian Recipes

Grab the kids and make your very own Brazilian cheese puffs! They are a perfect light and fluffy snack warm out of the oven.

Here is the recipe we used to make Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pao de Queijo). The balls are a gluten-free cheese bread with a unique, chewy texture that is made from tapioca flour

Brazilian cheese bread.

Step 1: Lay out all the ingredients.

Laying out all the ingredients to make Brazilian cheese balls.

Step 2: Heat the ingredients on the stove before adding in the tapioca flour and garlic. Let it sit.

Mixing the dough

Step 3: Mix in the cheese and egg. Then drop 1/4 cup sized balls onto a cookie sheet.

Rolling the dough into small balls and placing them on a cookie sheet.

Step 4: Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes and then enjoy!

Brazilian Cheese Balls straight out of the oven.

Looking for more ways to enjoy Brazilian foods? Visit a Brazilian Bakery or steakhouse Restaurant to try new foods (or order take out). Some of our favorite Brazilian foods include:

Click the links above if you are ready to try your hand out at cooking some fun Brazilian recipes.

Brazilian Folktales

Brazilian folklore includes myths, legends, and folk tales from Brazil. The population of Brazil was diverse with people from Africa, South American, Portugal and aboriginal people and this “melting pot” atmosphere contributed to many of Brazil’s traditions. The folklore stories explain how the night was formed or how an animal got their coloring. 

Brazilian Folktales

Here are some of our favorite stories for children that you can read online:

Looking to add to your library collection? Here are some other books below.

Brazilian Music

Listen to traditional Brazilian music while you complete the activities. Ask Alexa to play “Traditional Brazilian Music“, or check out this youtube video with various songs from traditional bands.

The music of Brazil features various regional musical styles influenced by African, European, and aboriginal forms. Brazilian music developed some unique and original styles such as samba, maracatu, and Brazilian versions of foreign musical styles, such as rock, soul, classical music, and gospel.

Traditional Brazilian musical instruments.

Let the kids make some fun music of their own with their own rain sticks. A rainstick is a long, hollow tube partially filled with small pebbles or beans. When the stick is tilted from side to side, the pebbles fall to the other end of the tube, making a sound like rain falling.

Items needed for this craft:

Missing some supplies? Click the link to grab them from Amazon.

Blue, green and lime colored construction paper with scissors, glue and an empty paper towel roll.

Step 1: Cut out leaf patterns from the two green colored construction paper.

Step 2: Glue the blue paper to the paper towel roll and then glue on the green leaves.

Gluing leaves to the blue paper on the paper towel roll.

Step 3: Tape a piece of round paper to the end of the tube so it is closed.

Step 4: Add in 1/2 a cup of rice to make the noise of rain falling.

Rice grains on a wooden table.

Step 5: Seal the top of the tube with another round piece of paper and tape.

Step 6: Slowly lift and lower the tube to make the sound.

Completed rain maker tube with multicolored leaves.

Animals Native to Brazil

Brazil has the largest diversity of animals in the world. The Amazon rainforest is home to many of these animals and is a popular tourist destination to see the famous pink dolphins, jaguar, squirrel monkey, sloths, and macaws.

The pink river dolphin is found in the Amazon river and known as Amazon river dolphin. It is a species of toothed whale which is one of the largest species of river dolphins.

Pink Dolphin native to Brazil.
Pink Dolphin

The scarlet macaw is one of the most popular parrots and most recognizable thanks to its bright red, yellow, and blue plumage. It favors humid, evergreen forests and can be found in several areas of Brazil.

Scarlet Macaw

Unfortunately, more than one-fifth of the Amazon Rainforest in Brazil has been completely destroyed from deforestation, and more than 70 mammals are endangered. 

The Brazilian parrot is absolutely stunning and makes for a fun craft for kids.

For this craft, you’ll need the following supplies:

Craft items ready to make a parrot: painted cupcake liners, construction paper, scissors and glue.

Step 1: Paint four cupcake liners red, two green, two yellow and two blue.

1/2 painted cupcake liner with the color red.

Step 2: Cut out a branch, white circle and beak (my son and I do this project together, so hence the double supplies)

Project supplies: cupcake liners, green construction paper, blue construction paper, brown stick, white circles and black beaks.

Step 3: Glue the branch at the bottom of the green paper.

Branch glued to a green piece of construction paper to start the Brazilian Parrot craft.

Step 4: Glue one red cupcake liner on top the branch to the right of the green construction paper.

Gluing a red cupcake liner to the branch.

Step 5: Fold the yellow, green, blue and red cupcake liners in 1/2 and glue. Then slide them underneath the red body and glue with a bit of overlap.

Step 6: Add two folded red cupcake liners for the wings. Tuck one under the body and one overlapping over.

Gluing tail feathers (yellow, red, green, blue) and red wings to the parrot body.

Step 7: Add another red cupcake liner for the head. Glue the white circle and black beak to finish the head.

Gluing a white circle and black beak on the head of the parrot.

Step 8: Use a marker to add an eye and Brazilian Parrot (optional)

Complete Brazilian Craft to make a parrot.

Famous Landmarks & Festivals

Brazil is the 5th largest country in the world and includes a diverse landscape with many famous landmarks. Some of its landmarks are manmade, while many are exotic wildernesses.

The famous Amazon Rainforest and River is a wide stretch of river, known as Rio Amazonas that runs between the cities of Manaus and Belem. It is the longest river in the world and home to diverse wildlife.

Amazon Rainforest in Brazil with the Amazon river flowing in the middle.

Iguazu Falls are a spectacular series of waterfalls in Southern Brazil. Visitors enjoy the views of 275 separate drops, some of which reach heights of nearly 300 feet from the boardwalks surrounding the Falls.

Iguazu Falls in Brazil.

One of the most iconic sites in Brazil is the statue of Christ, sitting atop the Peak of Mount Corcovado. It can be seen from almost any point in the city of Rio de Janeiro during the day or at night when the statue glows from the lights. Visitors can take the Corcovado Train to visit the mountain peak and the statue, known as Christ the Redeemer.

Christ the Redeemer in Brazil.

Carnival in Brazil is one of the most recognized festivals. Events take place in Rio de Janeiro with samba competitions and parades. The Carnival is an annual event that always begins on the Friday before Ash Wednesday. If you aren’t able to schedule a trip during Carnival, you can still experience the beautify of Samba at the Sambadrome.

Carnival in Brazil.

Celebrate Carnival in Brazil with two fun crafts below.

Brazil Carnival Crafts for Kids & Activities

There are so many fun crafts that you can do to learn more about Brazil. I’ll share some of our favorite Brazil crafts for kids below. If you find more activities that you love, please share them with me and I’ll add them to this list.

1. Coloring Pages – Click the link for tons of great coloring pages

2. Brazil Carnival Craft Samba Dancers

Samba was created by African people in Brazil from the music and dance culture they brought from Africa. It is most commonly associated with Carnival that is celebrated each year in the town of Rio de Janeiro. The dancers wear colorful clothing celebrating their culture. The craft is meant to be representative of more traditional clothing, compared to the scantly clad outfits in today’s festivities.

Traditional Samba dancers. Brazil Carnival Craft.

Supplies Needed:

Step 1: Layout the supplies including various colors of felt, glue, body cut outs (see below), crayons, white cupcake liners, markers, and a spray bottle for water.

I also added a cookie drying rack and cookie sheet.

Laying out the supplies: felt, yard, glue, crayons, body shapes on a white piece of paper.
White cupcake liners, water spray bottle and Mr. Sketch markers on a cookie drying rack over a cookie sheet.

Step 2: Color various patterns on the white cupcake liners. Lay them on a cookie drying rack and spray water on the cupcake liners until the colors blend together.

Step 3: Print the dancers body shape (below) and color.

Print out the body shapes to color.
Right click and print
Coloring the white paper with the outline of a body.

Step 4: Cut out the body shape, choose a piece of felt for the dress and lay the body on top the felt. Make marks for the outline.

Step 5: Glue the felt to the body.

Body shape with blue felt glued over the top.

Step 6: Fold your dried cupcake liner into the shape of a skirt (fold it in half and then make an accordion style fold). Add a strip of felt to make the belt.

Colored cupcake liner folded in half and then showing an accordion style fold.
Dancer with colored body, dress, colorful skirt and belt.

Step 7: Draw on a face and add yarn for hair.

Dancer with yarn for hair, drawn on face, colored paper body, felt dress, colorful cupcake liner skirt and felt belt.

Step 8: Use felt scraps to make a bow in her hair.

Completed dancer with a bow in her hair.

Step 9: If you make multiple dancers, you can string them together like garland for a cute decoration for this unit.

Multiple dancers in various colors.

Brazilian Samba: Get Moving!

One of the most recognizable dances and music that comes from Brazil is Samba. Samba emerged in Rio de Janeiro in the early 20th century and is now most associated with Rio’s Carnival.

The word “samba” is thought to be derived from the Kimbundu (Angolan) term semba, which referred to an “invitation to dance”. These dances involved gyrating hip movements (called umbigada) and had roots going back to the colonial period in the Congolese and Angolan circle dances.

My son and I had fun with some samba dances. Check out a fun one below.

Grab some fancy pom poms here.

Family-Friendly Brazil Movies

There are a couple of choices for family-friendly movies set in Brazil. I’ll share a few of our favorites below.

Rio(rated G)- When Blu, a domesticated macaw from small-town Minnesota, meets the fiercely independent Jewel, he takes off on an adventure to Rio de Janeiro with the bird of his dreams.

Rio 2 (rated G)- It’s a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they’re hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law.

You should be able to find the movies on Amazon, Netflix or Hulu. If you’d like to buy the DVD, click the photos below. There are also some educational films.

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Learn some Portuguese Phrases/Words

Portuguese is the official and national language of Brazil and is widely spoken by most of the population (98%).

Common Portuguese Phrases.

  • Hello: Olá (oh-la)
  • Goodbye: Adeus (ah-deuzh)
  • How are you?: Como está? (Coh-moh esh-tah? or Coh-moh es-tah? in Brazil)
  • My name is…: Me chamo [your name] (Mee sham-oh)
  • Nice to meet you: Prazer em conhecê-lo/a (Prazh-air eh con-yo-see-lo/la)

Learn more about Brazil with Little Passports: World Edition

My 5-year-old is a huge fan of Little Passports, a monthly subscription service for kids focused on global learning. They have two versions, Early Explorers is meant for ages 3-5 years of age and it focuses on various themes such as music, oceans, and dinosaurs.

World Edition is meant for children 6-10 years of age and it focuses on a different country each month.

After the first month (when kids receive their world map and suitcase), your child will receive souvenirs, activity sheets, photos, stickers for their map and suitcase, and access to more activities online.

Field Trip: Brazilian Style

Can’t travel to Brazil, but want to experience more? Check out these ideas for celebrating Brazil while staying in the United States.

  • Celebrate Brazilian Day in cities like NYC (Sunday before Labor Day weekend)
  • Passport DC- dozens of embassies open their doors to the public with music, food, art and dance
  • Visit a Brazilian steakhouse restaurant for a Brazil-style meal
Beautiful brazilian samba dancer wearing traditional costume and New York skyline

Plan your trip!

If you loved learning about Brazil and are looking to plan a trip, check out these great resources from our family travel blogger friends. They’ve got all the best insider tips and tricks.

Before you start your planning, check out some great tips from our friend Keryn about how she took her young son on a river cruise.

You can’t miss a visit to Rio de Janeiro during your trip to Brazil, so don’t miss this post about the top things to see and do in Rio with kids.

Lastly, if you are like me, you love it when someone gives you all their packing advice. So here it is, what to pack for your fabulous trip to Brazil.

I hope you’ve enjoyed taking a virtual trip to Brazil with your kids. Learning about new countries and cultures can be a fun experience for both children and adults. I created this travel blog for families to inspire others to travel and create memories with their families.

Don’t miss our first Virtual trip to Greece, Virtual trip to Japan, Virtual trip to England, Virtual trip to France, Virtual trip to Switzerland and Virtual trip to China. Click the link to head to that post.

Please share your fun activities with me on Facebook or Instagram. Looking to plan an adventure with kids, but not sure where to start? Check out my top posts on my homepage to discover more of our favorite places to travel with kids around the globe.

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We love learning about new cultures and Brazil is a favorite. Teach your children about Brazil with this Brazilian Lesson Plan full of creative and fun ideas for all ages. Included are plenty of free resources from map activities, favorite books about Brazil, a STEM activities, plenty of Brazilian crafts including parrots, carnival dancers and recipes. Kids will be active during the Brazilian samba skills video and might learn a few Portuguese phrases in the video (included). Travel around the world in this virtual trip to Brazil. | Brazil unit study for kids | Brazil crafts for kids | Brazil homeschool unit | Brazilian crafts | virtual travel | virtual travel around the worlds |#Brazil #homeschool #virtualtravel #travelwithkids
I’m sharing all the free resources I used to teach my son all about Brazil this week, including free activities, crafts, Brazilian samba lessons, how to make Brazilian cheese rolls, links, educational activities, videos, recipes, and crafts! This comes from our around-the-world unit study, and I’d be thrilled if you used these ideas for learning in your homeschool or classroom. | Brazil unit study for kids | Brazil crafts for kids | Brazil homeschool unit | Brazilian crafts | virtual travel | virtual travel around the worlds | #Brazil #homeschool #virtualtravel #travelwithkids

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