Day of the Dead Skull
A Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, is a national holiday celebrated in Mexico and in other countries. It is a day to pray for and remember loved ones who have passed, and is celebrated on November 1. Families come together to eat, drink, and remember.
One Day of the Dead tradition is making artfully decorated sugar skills. They are so colorful and inspiring.
I love the idea of teaching my children about different holidays from all over the world, so we used packing peanuts to make our own decorated skulls.
How We Did It
Packing peanuts are a great material for kids to work with. They will stick together with just water, but for this craft we used glue so we could keep the bone-like look of the peanuts.
We started layering the peanuts with a little glue hoping that we would eventually end up for a skull form.
After a few layers, the sculpture became more skull-like, just as we'd hoped! My daughter enjoyed putting these together almost like a puzzle.
Once we had our skulls built, we pulled out beads, sequins, and pom-poms to decorate our creations. I had been showing Emma photos of all the beautiful skulls that surround this holiday, so she had a lot of inspiration to work with.
They came out more beautiful than I could have hoped for! The best part was that my children were now asking questions about this special holiday and learning to have appreciation and respect for different cultures and celebrations.