Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday that is celebrated from October 31st to November 2nd. It is a Mexican holiday in which they celebrate the lives of people who have passed away. The oftentimes bring things like presents, food, and flowers to graves. Rather than mourn for people who have passed, they celebrate the good memories that they have of the person. Although it traditionally depicts decorated skulls, it is not a scary holiday like Halloween. It is a joyous holiday.
This is my FAVORITTTTTTE project to do with my lil' artists. It's a quick one-dayer too. A couple days before I start this project, I press model magic (foam clay) into some skull-shaped ice cube trays that I found at the dollar tree. Then I poke a hole in the forehead and set them out to dry and harden. When the kinders arrived for class, we watched an adorable video about the Day of the Dead and talked about the holiday. We looked at some traditional sugar skull designs that I had printed off and drew them onto our skulls using sharpies. After they had finished drawing, they added a pattern (something we talked about that day) using beads to a colored wire that their skull was attached to. They were expected to make a pattern all the way up both ends of their wire.
Because this was a quick one day project, I let them take their necklaces home right away so I didn't get any pictures of their work. However, you get to see me wearing mine below!
Harmony and Consolidated Elementary Art Teacher in Milton, WI. UW-Eau Claire graduate. WAEA President-Elect. Apple Teacher.