around the world: mexico

DAY OF THE DEAD MASKS

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Each summer, my school holds an International Day and each classroom celebrates a chosen country through the arts.  A few years back, I chose Mexico and we created these Day of the Dead masks.

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I attempted to cut black plates into a skull shape and stuck lolly sticks, painted black, onto the back.  As you can see, the children chose to ignore the mouth section at the bottom so,  in hindsight, I should have just given them the round plates and saved myself the work!

Children cut out brightly coloured paper and card and stuck on big eyes, nose and teeth.  They then added decoration with glitter glue and feathers.

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PLEASE NOTE: NOW THAT I’M AWARE OF HOW ENVIRONMENTALLY DESTRUCTIVE GLITTER IS, I NO LONGER USE IT. INSTEAD, I WOULD REPLACE IT WITH METALLIC PAINTS AND PAPERS.

MEXICAN BOWLS

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After studying the colours and patterns used to decorate Mexican bowls, these children had a go at painting paper bowls in a similar style.

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