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.

Crayola has this mini lesson for students in elementary grades.

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

Kimball Art Center has this lesson plan for older students.

Deep Space Sparkle has this really good 16-page booklet on the artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo. 

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).

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 Edition and Spanish 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

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown

Arts & Crafts

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! 

• RedTedArt has this tutorial for making Toilet Paper Roll Frida Kahlo Pinatas. (Oh my gosh!)

• Of course, you can't talk about Frida without mentioning La Casa Azul, which makes this origami craft from Fun for Spanish Teachers just brilliant.


Kahlo's life was colorful and there were a lot of adult themes present. But here are a few videos geared for students. As always, parents and teachers should watch the videos first to determine appropriateness. 
These links are to YouTube. If you'd like to share them with your students without giving them access to YouTube, check out the cool tool Video.Link

Watch and Learn has this school-friendly video about her life on YouTube.

Comic Kids Org has this video that has many great photographs of Frida throughout her life.

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

• TED-Ed also has a great biography video, but it is best geared for older students. (Note: Some nudity in the artwork is shown.)

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