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10 Easy Dia de los Muertos Crafts for Preschool Kids

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Inside: Ideas for arts and craft projects and classroom decorations that preschool children can make to celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos.

As a Mexican preschool teacher working in the UK, I find it very important to share my culture with our children because they are developing in a global society and we can all benefit from more exposure to different cultures and traditions than the ones we experience at home.

This will not only bring creativity to their ideas as they grow up but also can help to develop a sense of diverse community and tolerance that is much needed in our modern world.

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10 Easy Day of The Dead Crafts for Kids

I’ve put together this list of simple craft projects that young children can make to celebrate Mexican Día de Muertos this November (or end of October, if you want to pair it up with Halloween celebrations).

I hope you and your kids enjoy them!

1. Paper Plate Day of The Dead Sugar Skulls

Catrina Paper Plate skulls to make with kids for Day of the Dead #dayofthedead #paperplate #craft #halloweenCatrina Paper Plate skulls to make with kids for Day of the Dead #dayofthedead #paperplate #craft #halloween

These adorable Día de Muertos Skulls come with a free printable template of the eyes for the sugar skull that you can easily cut and paste into a paper plate to then decorate with your favourite craft materials.

Group of children wearing sugar skull masks for day of the dead
Get the printable from my TpT shop to get extra designs and a skull’s template

Find the template with several designs to start your craft on TpT

2. Sugar Skull Black Glue Art Project

Sugar skull black glue art project by i Heart Crafty Things

If you haven’t used black glue with your children, what better time to do it than around Halloween or Day of the Dead celebrations? You can either buy it on Amazon or make your own following the tutorial over I Heart Crafty Things.

3. Neon Day of the Dead Mask

Neon Day of The Dead Mask By Arty Crafty Kids

These skulls use neon pens to get that “glowy” effect that I bet your craftiest kids will go nuts for. If you run out of ideas for a halloween costume you can always let the kids do your make-up with these pens. Cyber-Punk Preschool Teacher Costume? Anybody? …ok.

Check out the tutorial for this mask over Arty Crafty Kids.

4. Sugar Skulls Rocks Using Puffy Paint

Sugar Skulls Rocks Using Puffy Paint by Color Made Me Happy

These calorie-free sugar skulls look great indoors and outdoors. The fact that you decorate them using puffy paint makes them a complete sensory experience that continues after the paint is dry. Don’t you also get tiny bits of joy when you feel dry puffy paint with your fingers? Ooooh yeah.

See the tutorial over Color Made Happy.

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Stamped Ladybirds for Bugs and Nature Simple Stamping Art activity for Preschool Kids using Apples. #preschool #crafts #apples #stamped
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5. Paper Day of the Dead Luminaires

Make these luminaires to light up your ofrendas of Día de Muertos. They are so simple to make that you can quickly make enough luminaires for every ancester your children have had all the way back to the Flinstones Age.

Get the template over Red Ted Art.

6. Day of the Dead Paper Puppet

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?? Frida opened her eyes. The face she saw was not that of the woman she had seen every morning since she placed that mirror above her bed so many years ago. Instead she saw a pale skeleton staring back at her. -“Wait a second…” She thought -“AM I…PLAIN?”. She wasn’t having it. She jumped out of the mattres and felt a bunch of cempasuchil flower’s petals under her foot. It was probably Diego who scattered them there. Frida hopped with her only leg along the petals path and she arrived to her beloved art studio. The artist fiercely grabbed a paintbrush and started to work her magic on her new skeletal body. A moon later, Kahlo hopped back to her bed, looked at her reflection and said: -“Much better”. . ?? Paper Frida Kahlo made by teacher @rodrigomacias using the printable puppet template by @RedTedArt

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The best thing about this paper puppet is that each child can put it together as crazy as they want. The template includes print-ready accesories such as hair flowers and a sombrero to make unique calaveras.

Day of the Dead Paper Puppet Template by Red Ted Art

In the picture above you can see the skull puppet I made which is supposed to look like one of my favourite Mexican artists who happens to be dead. Can you guess who it is?

Grab the printable over Red Ted Art.

7. DIY Day of the Dead Bookmarks

DIY Day of the Dead Bookmarks by Red Ted Art

A good way to encourage children to read more is to let them make their own bookmars. Even if the book they are reading doesn’t belong to their household, seeing their own bookmarks in the books can give the kids a sense of ownership to keep reading.

Follow the tutorial to make these Day of the dead themed bookmarks over Red Ted Art.

8. Sugar Skull Craft – Painted Flower Pots

Sugar Skulls Painted Flower Pots by Color Made Happy

Day of the Dead-ify a bunch of tiny flower pots to decorate your Día de Muertos shrine. If you don’t want to use plants because children give you enough beings to keep alive, you can also put a small veladora or tea light.

See the step-by-step instructions at Color Made Happy.

9. Day of the Dead: Stone Skulls

Day of the Dead: Stone Skulls by Red Ted Art

If your kids can’t find smooth rocks lying around, you can get a bag from Amazon. Wait a minute… are there any preschool teachers with enough extra budget to buy ROCKS?

Check out the tutorial on Red Ted Art.

10. Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

Glow in the Dark Pumpkins by Color Made Happy

If you have a bilingual classroom, why not make a multicultural craft that involves Halloween AND Dia de Muertos in the same project? These skull-looking pumpkins are a great way to marry both holidays in the same craft.

See the step-by-step instructions at Color Made Happy.

children making sugar skull masks on paper plates for day of the dead
Get the printable from my TpT shop to get extra designs and a skull’s template

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About the author: Rodrigo Macias (Roy) is a qualified Early Childhood Teacher full of creative ideas. More about Roy here.

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