Monday, October 28, 2013


This is my favorite Day of the Dead project thus far...mainly because it's fairly easy and has awesome results. 

We've been discussing and learning about the Day of the Dead, a joyous Mexican holiday celebrating the lives of departed loved ones. An iconic image associated with Day of the Dead is a Calavera or skull. So, we made these awesome pinterest inspired 'sugar skulls' out of paper plates!
I made some templates of the skull shape which makes everything easier. The kids always have the "art challenge" option where they can draw their own, but tracing isn't that big of a deal on something like this. 

We decorate the 'calavera' with black sharpie and color in with washable markers. 

I set some printed skulls out for inspiration.

After the decorating is done, we glued the skull to piece of black paper which was embellished with oil pastel designs. 

And finally, we added sequins to jazz it all up. 

(2nd graders!)

This nose looks like a mouth (to me) which gives it this crazy alien head look that is so striking!

Sugar skull with glasses


I recently attended a workshop at Cheekwood all about El Dia de los Muertos. It was super fun and I thought I'd try some of the projects with my kiddos. I've always wanted to teach a Day of the Dead lesson but never felt like I had all the facts right...and now I feel pretty good about it..hence all the fun DOD projects.Enjoy!

2nd Grade Barriletes
Barriletes is the tradition of flying kites on November 1st. The kites serve as a symbolic connection to departed loved ones. The kites are believed to help guide their spirits back to their families for El Dia de los Muertos. 

4th Grade Barriletes

More Information about Barriletes: 

The line up.      Look at the detailing!

"In Sumpango, Guatemala, a unique tradition has developed. For months, groups work to build giant kites. The kites frames are made of bamboo and the kites themselves are made of tissue paper. The designs are incredibly intricate and often hold a political message."