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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

In this project, students will learn about the Day of the Dead and the use of niches in Mexican culture. The day of the dead is a beautiful celebration on November 2nd; it is believed that at night, the people that died will return to celebrate a reunion with their families. Houses and cemeteries are decorated with flowers, items and food that dead family members used to like when they were alive. Niches are folk art originally used to honor saints, and they have a recessed space with a sculpture or a photo. Students will use elements of both traditions to create their own personal memory of a loved one.

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Supplies Needed:

  • Download Templates, print and cut. (Please have templates cut before the class)
  • Regular Size Cereal Box (Painted on the outside with white acrylic paint, to help cover
    the pictures and letters of the cereal box)
  • Toilet paper roll
  • Photo of a loved one that want to be remembered on the Day of the Dead. (4” x 6” is
  • 2 sheets of tissue paper, different bright colors (to create flowers)
  • Tape
  • Double sided tape (glue dots, hot glue or regular glue can be used too)
  • Regular all purpose white glue
  • Scissors
  • Stapler
  • Black or dark color sharpie marker
  • Pencil
  • Acrylic paints (white, black, and several bright colors like magenta, cerulean, yellow,
    orange, aquamarine, red, royal blue)
  • Flat paint brush (not too big)
  • Round paint brush (Not too thick)
  • Toothpick or skewer (to paint details)
  • 2 Paper or foam plates
  • Cup with water (to clean brushes)
  • Paper towels or an old rag to clean work area and brushes.
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