Brazil Facts for Kids – 5 Brilliant Facts about Brazil

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Updated on: Educator Review By: Michelle Connolly

Have you ever been to Brazil? It is an amazing country! Brazil is famous for it’s carnivals and lots of more things, so let’s learn five brilliant facts about Brazil.

Brazil Facts for Kids Fact Number 1: Brazil Gets Its Name From a Type of Tree

The brazilwood tree is native to Brazil and is valuable as it makes very strong red dye that can be used to make clothes. This valuable dye was what Brazil became known for and the land was given that name.

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Brazil Facts for Kids: The brazilwood tree

Brazil Facts for Kids Fact Number 2: Brazil Is The Most Biodiverse Place in The World

Brazil is home to many types of habitats where animals and plants live, they have desert, rainforest, mangroves, savannas, and scrublands. All these amazing habitats are home to some interesting animals. There are over 100,000 types of animals that live in Brazil and over 40,000 species of plants. That means that Brazil is home to around 70% of the plants and animals we know exist. Scientists also think that there are many more to be discovered there.

In the rainforest rivers of Brazil there are even a very rare type of dolphin with an unusual colouring. When those dolphins are born they are grey but they turn pink when they grow up! Brazil is also home to the Capybara which is the world’s largest rodent. They look a bit like a giant guinea pig and live in water and on land. They are very cute.

Brazil Facts for Kids Fact Number 3: Brazil Has The Biggest Carnival in The World

The Carnival in Rio de Janeiro is a brightly coloured festival filled with music and elaborate floats depicting animals and people. Carnivals date back to the 1650’s when it was started as a way to honour the Greek god Bacchus, he was the god of the grape harvest.

The festival still happens in Rio de Janeiro today and 2 million people flood the streets every day. If you go to the carnival you will see lots of different styles of dance including polka and samba.

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Brazil Facts for Kids: People are dancing during the carnival in Rio

Brazil Facts for Kids Fact Number 4: Brazilian People Wear Specific Colours for Their New Year’s Resolutions

A lot of people in Brazil go to the beach on New Year’s Eve and lots of parties are thrown there. When it is the new year they jump over 7 waves for good luck. When they go to these parties they wear a special outfit. The colours they wear to their new years parties represent their wishes for the new year.

Each different colour of the rainbow means a different thing. If you want luck in the new year wear yellow, if you want health you wear green, and if you want inspiration you wear purple.

Brazil Facts for Kids Fact Number 5: Brazil Has The World’s Largest Rainforest

The Amazon Rainforest is a huge forest which covers 6.7 million kilometres squared. The state of Florida in America could fit inside of it 40 times. Over 30 million people live in the Amazon Rainforest. The rainforest helps the planet by taking in carbon dioxide from the planet, which helps prevent global warming.

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Brazil Facts for Kids: The Amazon Rainforest

We hope you enjoyed learning more things about Brazil as much as we loved teaching you about them. Now that you know how majestic this country is, you can move on to learn about other geography stuff like: Australia, United States, Italy, Day of the Dead in Mexico, Festivals in Mexico, 8 Amazing Places to Visit in Egypt, Egypt, Festivals in India, Oceans, Rocks, Rivers, Mountains, Trees and 1 Interesting Fact about Every Country in Asia.

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