Thursday, July 7, 2011

Frida Kahlo Lesson Plans, Activities, Coloring Sheets and More

"I am not sick. I am broken.
But I am happy as long as I can paint."
~Frida Kahlo

In honor of Frida's birthday (July 6th!), I thought it wise to put together an education page. Frida is actually a difficult character to study - especially for young children. Her life was filled with so much pain and suffering - and quite a bit of other adult subject matter - that I strongly recommend that parents review ALL lesson plans ahead of time for appropriateness. I have, however, found a couple of great coloring pages for children, as well as lots of books. Also, please check out my Pinterest board on Frida Kahlo for Kids which has some incredibly beautiful finds.

Lesson Plans

Jimmie's Collage again, is my go-to place on the topic of artists. She has a great Artist Study on Frida, and even includes notebooking pages.

PBS has made a Teacher's Guide and Parent's Guide available based on the Life and Times of Frida Kahlo. 10th -12th grade.

Deep Space Sparkle has what appears to be a really good 16-page booklet on the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. You can learn more about it - or be inspired by it - by visiting their site.

Coloring Pages

• I LOVE this free body cast printable from Pearmama! Color it in and add your own designs.

• has a great coloring page, too (also by Pearmama).

• HubPages has a version of one of my favorite Kahlo self-portraits (the one with the monkeys!) that I think your child would enjoy.

SuperColoring has Frida's Roots page available as a coloring page.


Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas, 24 Activities (For Kids series) by Carol Sabbeth

Frida Kahlo: The Artist who Painted Herself (Smart About Art) by Margaret Frith and Tomie dePaola

Frida (English Language Edition) by Jonah Winter and Ana Juan

Me, Frida by Amy Novesky and David Diaz

Frida Kahlo (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia

Arts & Crafts

Eclectic Chica has two great posts on art activities centered around Frida. See her two posts: Part A and Part B.

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas, 24 Activities (For Kids series) by Carol Sabbeth (see link above in "Books")

 Take a look at these Frida Kahlo paper dolls on Amazon.

• I really love this magnetic dress up set, Frida's Frocks and Smocks Dress Up Set, on the Unemployed Philosopher's Guild. They also sell this wonderful little set of Artist Finger Puppets, which includes Monet, Dali, Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo.

• Pearmama also has this fun Frida-inspired paper collage activity that I just love, love, love! 

Videos & Apps

• You may also enjoy sharing this great video that morphs the self-portraits of Frida together.

• Check out the app Frida's World, now available on iTunes.

Con mucho cariño...


  1. Hi! Thanks for the tips! Unfortunately, we never studied F. K. in art class, and I'd love to know her art and her life better!

  2. De nada! She's fascinating - in a difficult sort of way.

  3. Thank you! Love the coloring pages and other links. Frida is one of my favorite artists and I hope the 4th graders can appreciate her too! (:

  4. Hoy presenté a los peques a Frida, muchísimas gracias por este fantástico post.

    Un besiño

  5. How timely - I saw this wonderful book about Frida at the library, and knew I wanted to do an art lesson based around her for my homeschooler (4th grade). Your post has a TON of resources, thank you!


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