A simple way to introduce the concept of Day of the Dead to your kids is through arts and crafts. If your children are anything like mine, they love to color and use scissors. I’ve discovered that I have their full and complete attention while they are coloring and drawing. Sure, their heads are down and their hands are busy but their ears are wide open. While they are being creative, they can learn about the Mexican tradition of Day of the Dead, and how it’s a special day to remember and honor our loved ones who have passed away.
This craft project comes with a free printable so if you don’t want to make a mask, you can use the template as a fun coloring page. Whichever way you decide to use it, let your inner artist out! After you color the mask, you can decorate it with glitter, paint, embellish it with crystals, feathers, flowers, etc. Make it as unique as the person who will be carrying it.
What you’ll need:
- sugar skull template
- black card stock
- glue stick
- popsicle sticks
- Print out sugar skull template on white computer paper
- Color skull with markers
- Cut it out
- Glue sugar skull on cardstock with a glue stick, then cut the cardstock along the edges of the skull, allowing for at least an inch of the cardstock to show.
- Glue popsicle stick to the back and secure it with a piece of tape.
You can also use crayons, color pencils or oil pastels–either one works great.
Add to the designs on the mask by using a black marker.
Feel free to further embellish your sugar skull with glitter, Tulip Beads in a Bottle, scraps of fabric, tissue paper. You can also glue buttons, ribbon or small rhinestones onto the mask.
If you want to cut out the eye shapes so you can hold it up to your face, use a #11 X-acto blade. Pop out the circle shapes.
Dia de los Muertos has this unique way of stimulating the senses–from the bright colors associated with the day, altars, skulls, calaveras, music, dance, food and art. Maybe it’s the notion that as we talk about death and remember those who have left us to the next world, we–the ones who are still in this realm–truly feel alive.
FREE eBOOK: Ofrendas | Celebrando El Dia de Muertos
I’m very happy to share this lovely eBook that I had the blessing to be a part of called Ofrendas: Celebrating Day of the Dead. Together with several of my favorite bloggers, we decided to collaborate and share some of our favorite Dia de los Muertos recipes and crafts that we like to make with our families to celebrate this special time of the year. This free Day of the Dead Printable was just one of the amazing projects inside of the eBook. It’s lovely and the photos are gorgeous–it really makes Dia de los Muertos come alive. Best of all, it’s free!
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