Explore Brazil with your Child: Read, Cook, and Craft
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Explore Brazil with your Child: Read, Cook, and Craft

Olympics-series-buttonWith the Olympics set to kick off in Brazil in a few days, it’s a great opportunity to teach kids about the world and explore cultures together. As part of the Multicultural Kid Blogs Olympics for Kids series, here’s a book, recipe, and craft activity about Brazil brought to you by Pack-n-Go Girls! So, take a few minutes and explore Brazil with your child.


PNG-TroubledToucan-cropYou don’t need to leave home to visit Brazil. That’s the beauty of a book! Join Sofia and Júlia as they solve a mystery in the heart of the Amazon. Plus, you can learn a few Portuguese phrases in the “What to Know Before You Go” section to practice while you are watching the Olympics.

Mystery of the Troubled Toucan

Travel with Sofia and Júlia deep into the Amazon rainforest where crocodiles swim in the dark waters, spiders scurry up the twisted tree trunks, and a crazy toucan yelps a warning. There they stumble upon a shocking discovery. Can the little girl in your life solve the mystery?

And coming soon is the next mystery in Brazil, Mystery of the Lazy Loggerhead. This book is set on the northeastern coast of Brazil in the beach town of Praia do Forte.

Sofia and Júlia visit the coast of Brazil. It’s fun in the sun until they notice mysterious markings in the golden sands. Someone or something is after the loggerhead sea turtles. But why? It’s up to Sofia and Júlia to uncover the truth before it’s too late.

We always like to bring all the senses to a reading expedition, so pair Mystery of the Troubled Toucan with a yummy treat and a craft activity.


Explore the taste of Brazil with Brigadeiro. If you like chocolate, this one is for you! And it’s super easy to make too, which is a requirement in our household.



1 can sweetened condensed milk

1 tablespoon of butter

3 tablespoons of cocoa (use Nesquik for a more authentic flavor)

Sprinkles (chocolate and/or rainbow)


Mix the first three ingredients together in a sauce pan.

Cook on medium heat until it thickens.


Allow it to cool to room temperature.

This is where it gets fun! Butter your hands. Yup, butter them!

Form the chocolate mixture into 1-inch balls.


Roll each ball in the sprinkles.

Bite into the yummy chocolate goodness of Brazil!

You can find this recipe and what to know before you go to Brazil in the back of our latest Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure in Brazil, Mystery of the Troubled Toucan.


After reading a few chapters, take a break and create an Amazon tree boa to hang in your house. It’s fun, it’s easy, and you probably already have all the supplies you need.


1 Paper Plate

Scissors, Glue, and Crayons

String for hanging

Tin foil, cut into triangles (10-20 pieces)


Step One

Color the plate. The whole plate. Anyway you want. As fast or as slow as you want.
Just color!


Step Two

Cut the plate in a circular path from the outside to the inside. I drew a blue line on to the plate to help my daughter. You can draw it on before or after the coloring.


Step Three

Add the tin foil “scales.” Draw on the eyes or add googly eyes. You can also cut out a tongue from red paper and glue that on.



Step Four

Punch a hole in the head area. Add string, and hang your snake!
Hopefully it won’t keep you awake at night.


We hope you had a great trip to Brazil!

Today, you can find more about other travel posts about various countries thanks to our participating bloggers:

Book review: Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboahw – Multicultural Kid Blogs
Latino Kids Lit Featuring Mexico – Mommy Maestra
Children’s Books Featuring Chile – La Clase de Sra. DuFault
5 Popular Dutch Children’s Books – Expat Life with a Double Buggy
Kids Books Set in Jamaica – Kid World Citizen
Children’s Books Set in South Africa – Colours of Us
Children’s Books about the Amazon – Hispanic Mama
Portuguese Favourite Books for Under 6’s – the piri-piri lexicon
Explore Brazil with Your Child: Read, Cook, and Craft – Pack-n-Go Girls