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Level: Junior, Middle School
Grades: Gr. 3-8 | Age: 8-14 yrs | Written by: Written by: Anitra Redlefsen
[Anitra is a teaching artist from Medina Ohio.]

A popular subject for both Halloween and Mexico's Day of the Dead, is the skeleton. Students can create a day of the dead skull mask using paint, glue, glitter, puffy paint and more!

What You Need:
What You Do:
  1. Print out a mask template and cut it out.
  2. Look at some examples of Day of the Dead masks.
  3. Decorate the mask.


The Day of the Dead (El Día de los Muertos or All Souls' Day) is a holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Latin Americans living in the United States and Canada. The holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for and remember friends and family members who have died. The celebration occurs on November 1st and 2nd in connection with the Catholic holiday of All Saints' Day which occurs on November 1st and All Souls' Day which occurs on November 2nd. Traditions include building private altars honoring the deceased, using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts. source: wikipedia


Day of the Dead for Kids and Teachers

Recommended Books/Products:

Calavera Abecedario: A Day of the Dead Alphabet Book
by Jeanette Winter
A title that features jaunty illustrations inspired by Mexican folk art and a short story about preparations for the Day of the Dead that includes within it an alphabet book based on the Spanish alphabet. The heart of the book is the artwork: vivid pastel clothing and scenery set against shiny black backgrounds and complemented by the bright white of the skeletons that form an integral part of the Mexican and Mexican-American celebrations.

Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead
by Randel McGee
Do you want to make your own skeleton pet? Skeletons and skulls are very important to Day of the Dead. Follow storyteller Randel McGee as he explores Day of the Dead in Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead. Learn to make a skull mask, paper marigolds, and even a skeleton candy basket.

Day of the Dead Skeleton Craft Kit  (makes 12)

Day of the Dead Skeleton Craft Kit (makes 12)

Make traditional figures portrayed as skeletons. Includes 48-oz. art clay, chenille stems, hat patterns, tissue squares, glitter glue, paint, brushes, toothpicks, sandpaper, black netting and mini chili peppers. S&S©

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