Why should Halloween have all the fun? The Day of the Dead, or Día de los Muertos, is primarily a Mexican holiday, but many people in the United States have begun to acknowledge it, if not celebrate it outright. It's a celebration of those who we've lost, but it's not a sad holiday; in fact, traditional rituals include lots of music and color. Observing some kind of simple Day of the Dead tradition can add a more thoughtful component to the festivities at this time of year. Here are a few fun Día de los Muertos crafts that you can do with your kids to introduce this cultural holiday.
Traditional iconography for this day is, not surprisingly, skeletons and skulls (calaveras, in Spanish). It is celebrated October 31 - November 2. Many of us are probably familiar with the colorful, highly decorated versions that celebrate the holiday. Check out some of these fun kid crafts you can do to make your own calaveras.
1. Paper Plate Calaveras Masks at scrumdilly-do!
2. Claycrete Skeletons at Amaco.
3. Dia de Los Muertos Lanterns at Growing Up Bilingual.
4. Homemade Sugar Skulls at Blog Con Queso.
5. Salt Dough Skulls at Moment to Moment.