Welcome to this learning block, all about Mexico! You can choose to discover all about Tenochtitlan, the lost Aztec Capital, learn some Spanish and explore the traditions behind Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead. You could also choose to create your own Dia de los Muertos celebration with decorations, facepaint and your own altar, before settling down with a film!
There are several videos to choose from about Mexico. Feel free to watch one, or all of them!
Carlos is the Spanish teacher at Omnis Education! If you liked his lesson, be sure to check out the Spanish learning blocks he’s created.
Carefully colour and label the map.
Also print out the map of North America and label Mexico. Colour Mexico red. Colour and label the neighbouring countries.
Start by watching the video above to learn what Dia de Los Muertos is, how it is celebrated, and how it is different from Halloween.
Next, we’re going to make some traditional decorations, an altar, and learn how to paint our faces!
Then, we’ll celebrate with a special movie night!
To make your Papel Picado you will need:
First, draw a simple, symmetrical pattern on a piece of computer paper, like the pattern you see in the video.
Then, layer up your tissue paper and start cutting!
You can use the kind of tissue paper you buy for wrapping gifts to do this craft.
You will need:
If you want to get really fancy, you can MAKE your own sugar skulls!
For this recipe you will need:
Now learn from a master altar maker how and why to make your altar.
Things you might place on your altar:
Learn how to do a simple sugar skull face paint.
Now you’re all ready for your Dia de Los Muertos party!
Finish off your Dia de Los Muertos project by watching Coco! If you have Disney Plus, you’ll find it there. If not, you can rent it online or buy it!
Click on a book to buy it from Amazon. Or, you can ask for them at your local library.