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Day of the Dead
(El Dia de los Muertos)
Mexican Crafts and Activities

Holiday Crafts

On the Day of the Dead (El Dia de los Muertos), people in Mexico remember and honor their dead relatives. On this day, they decorate their homes with special home altars featuring playful imagery of human skeletons, and leave offerings of food for the spirits of the dead. Also, the graves of the deceased relatives are visited and cared for. The Day of the Dead is celebrated from the evening of October 31 through November 2.

These crafts projects are for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school children. The crafts use materials found around the house, like boxes, egg cartons, cardboard, paper, string, crayons, paint, glue, etc. See a page about color mixing to see how to combine paint to make all the colors of the rainbow.

Click on any of the crafts to go to the instructions. Have fun!

Pasta Skeleton


A simple skeleton made by gluing dried pasta on black paper.
Mr. Bones


A skeleton you can print and put together for a great scary decoration.
Ghost Necklace


Make a scary ghost necklace from white glue!
String of Ghosts


Make a string of ghosts to hang around a room.
Papier-Mâché Ghost Craft


A scary ghost made from a balloon, newspaper, and flour glue.
Balloon Ghost


This ghost is easy to make from a balloon and two plastic grocery bags.
PAPER BAG PINATA

Make a scary party pinata from a paper bag and colored tissue paper. You can shape the piñata any way you like, even as a skull!

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Bones and Skeletons

Rhymes, Crafts, a Quiz, and Coloring Pages to Printout.


Human Skeleton -Labeled

Human adults have 206 bones in their body - learn the names of the major bones.


Human Skeleton - Unlabeled

You can label the major bones in this human skeleton printout.
fish

Skull Connect-the-Dots Printout

Connect the numbers and letters to draw a skull.
ghost Maze

Ghost Maze Printout

This is a printable maze!
acrostic poem

Write a Ghost Acrostic Poem

Write a poem about ghosts. Start each line with a letter from the word "ghost."
Zoom School Mexico

flag of Mexico

Learn all about Mexico.
Mexican Flag Printout

flag of Mexico
Mexican Geography

Mexican Independence: Cloze Activity
flag of Mexico
Do a fill-in-the-blank activity on Mexico's fight for independence from Spain.
Answers
Mexican Map Printout

map of Mexico to label

Mexico Map Label Me! Printout

Label a map of Mexico.
Answers
Mexican Map/Geography Printout Quiz

Little Explorers English-Spanish Picture Dictionary

Spanish Numbers

1, 2, 3

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