There are two videos to choose from to learn about Día De Los Muertos.
The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!
You may see a number of other videos that are a deeper dive into things you might be interested in. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project.
High school students or any student who wants to dig deeper, continue your study with one of the advanced learning projects in the Projects section.
In the 16th century, African enslaved people were brought to Mexico. Read this article to find out how they came to incorporate aspects of Mexican culture, like Dia de los Muertos into their own.
Celebrations of Día De Los Muertos
Monarch Butterflies and Día De Los Muertos
El Día De Los Muertos is NOT Halloween!
Día De Los Muertos is a time to remember and celebrate loved ones who have died. Write a letter to one of your ancestors. It may be someone in your family who you have heard stories about but never met or someone you knew and loved before they passed away.
Tell them what you admire about them and what you remember when you think about them. Maybe a certain food reminds you of them. Maybe it’s a song or funny story you think about. You can also tell them one thing you plan to do to celebrate and remember them. Add your letter to your portfolio.
If thinking about your loved one who has died feels hard, you may want to check in with someone you trust and let them know how you are feeling.
Sugar Skulls are placed on altars, or ofrendas during Día De Los Muertos to represent the loved one who has passed. They are created with lots of color and creativity and sometimes bear the name of the deceased.
Watch the video to learn how to draw a sugar skull. You can get creative and add your own ideas of color and shape to the skull. Add your drawing to your portfolio.
Pan De Muerto, or Bread of the Dead, is made during Día De Los Muertos as an offering to be placed on the altar of the deceased loved one. It is believed to give them sustenance on their journey back to the land of the living.
The bread is round and topped with long shapes of bread that resemble bones. Watch the video and create a recipe card using this template from KeepingLifeCreative.com. Ask an adult for permission or help to make the recipe if needed. Add your recipe card and a photo of your Pan De Muerto to your portfolio.
Create a poster advertising a Día De Los Muertos celebration. You have learned that celebrations may include music, face painting, ofrendas, flowers, and lots of food. If you were going to plan a Dia De Los Muertos celebration in your community, what would you include?
Use drawings, collage, digital images, or whatever medium you like to advertise your celebration. Add your poster or a photo of your poster to your portfolio.
Artistic expression is a big part of Día De Los Muertos. Food, decorating ofrendas, face paint, flowers, poetry, and music are all ways art is used in the celebration. Think about your own family and community. What forms of art are used in your celebrations? Which forms do you enjoy most? Are there ways of creating art you learned about in this block that you’d like to try yourself?
Create a piece of art using your favorite medium. You could try making a food you learned about in this block or one of your family’s favorite recipes. Maybe you’d like to create art from flowers or other natural items as they do in Mexico during Dia De Los Muertos. You could paint or write poetry as shown in the videos above.
Save your art or a photo of it, as well as a short written or spoken explanation of why learning about Dia De Los Muertos inspired you to create the piece. Add the art and description to your portfolio.