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At-Home Adventures: Costa Rica Unit Study for Kids

With our At-Home Adventures, you'll find everything you need to create a fun and engaging journey with your kids to a new county. Through carefully selected books, hands-on activities, virtual tours, and culinary treats, you'll be immersed in new cultures without leaving your home. At-Home Adventures are a fantastic way to prepare your kids for an upcoming trip or simply learn about new places around the globe.

Destination: Costa Rica

Costa Rica Unit Study

Unit Book: We're Roaming in the Rainforest

Begin the unit by reading this book together - and no worries if you don't have the book on hand, I'll read it to you! Watch the video below.


Additional kid's books about Costa Rica:

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Find Costa Rica on your globe or wall map. Here's a printable world map your child can use to identify and use a colored pencil to fill in Costa Rica. HINT: keep this map and color each new country you explore a different color!

Virtual Field Trip: Go to this link and scroll through - select a few panoramic, 3D images to view from locations throughout Costa Rica.

Watch these National Geographic for Kids videos about activities and animals you'll find within the rainforests of Costa Rica:

Video: Costa Rica Animal Rescue

Video: Costa Rica Ziplining

Video: Costa Rica Rafting



Rainforest -

Online education games at the Rainforest Alliance's website:

  • Climb up to our Treehouse to play games and explore the many wonders of the rainforest.

  • Jewels of the Earth Game Play this game to see if you can place unique rainforest flora and fauna in their correct forest layers!

  • Do you know where the food you eat comes from? Where is it grown? How is it harvested? Play Track it Back and place the steps of production in the correct order to discover the journey that chocolate, bananas, and coffee take to get to your supermarket.

Volcanoes - Costa Rica is home to a great number of volcanoes — there are six active volcanoes and another 61 dormant or extinct ones. For the past 50 years, Arenal was the country’s most active volcano. Although it has been in a resting phase since 2010 (eruptions have paused), Arenal still is one of the country’s best-known and most-visited volcanoes.

Hop over to Scholastic's Study Jam's site to watch a short video about volcanoes. Then consider making your own volcanoes with the classic play-doh activity. Provide a cup and let your child create a volcano around the cup, leaving the top open. Once complete, explain that chemical reactions occur when two substances combine, and a change occurs creating a NEW substance. Let them add baking soda to the inside of their volcano (the base) and add vinegar (the base).



Visit Deep Space Sparkle's website for a video tutorial on how to make chalk pastel rainforest animals.

Central America Unit Study



Play soccer! Soccer is the national pastime and the favorite sport in Costa Rica. Don't have a soccer ball? No problem, any ball will do. Practice passing or even use a laundry basket as a goal.


Good Eats

Gallo Pinto via RainyDayMum

"Rice and beans are a staple for the majority of families in Costa Rica, there are various combinations and ways that they are presented but my upmost favorite is Gallo Pinto"

Costa Rica Kids Books

Arroz Con Leche (Costa Rican Rice Pudding) via Olivia's Cuisine

One of the most traditional desserts in Costa Rica.

Central America Kids Recipes

Bolitas de Coco via 196 Flavors

There are a lot of coconut balls recipes worldwide but the bolitas de coco combine two interesting ingredients: condensed milk and biscuits.

Costa Rica Kids


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