Dia de los Muertos Sugar Skulls

Why

Sugar Skulls are confections made in remembrance of lost loved ones. Use Crayola® Chalk, Glitter Glue, and dark paper to make symbolic sugar skulls for your Mexican Day of the Dead celebration.


Steps

1. Locate images of the sugar skulls used in observances Mexico's Day of the Dead celebrations. Obtain authentic sugar skulls, if possible. Observe their details and bright, colorful ornamentation. Why does Mexico celebrate this multi-day holiday? What other countries have similar holidays? What do these holidays have in common?


2. Use Crayola Colored Drawing Chalk to draw a large skull on black paper.


3. Decorate the skull with Crayola Washable Glitter Glue. Use Crayola School Glue to attach sequins, metallic paper, or other recycled shiny craft items. Dry.


Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Glitter Glue— WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD—Small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Not for use on skin.

Adaptations

  • Research information about the foods, flowers, masks, and other festivities that take place during the Day of the Dead celebration. Prepare and eat authentic Mexican foods.
  • Invite a recent immigrant from Mexico to explain this widely celebrated holiday. Find samples of the many folk art decorations that are part of the celebration in ethnic markets.
  • Obtain recordings of authentic Mexican music, such as a Mariachi band. Learn dances traditional to Mexico.
  • Find a recipe for Sugar Skulls and work as a class to measure ingredients. Enlist the help of parent volunteers to manage oven use.

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Supplies

crayola supplies
  • No-Run School Glue
  • Glitter Glue
  • Colored Art Chalk
  • Construction Paper
household supplies
  • decorative craft items

Overview

grades

  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6
  • Grades 7 to 12

subjects

  • Science
  • Social Studies
  • Visual Arts

time

  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions

benefits

  • Children find information about the Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos), a major celebration in Mexican culture, and compare it to similar holidays in other cultures.

  • Students research various folk arts and festive traditions associated with the Day of the Dead.

  • Children draw replicas of sugar skulls, which are a prominent feature during Day of the Dead celebrations.

Cirriculum

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