Thursday, October 27, 2022

Day of the Dead Crafts, Printables, & Recipes

I am seeing just so many wonderful Día de los Muertos crafts, printables, and recipes on the internet. I had to put them together and share them with you. There are so many clever ideas and ways to decorate an ofrenda or simple activities to teach families about this holiday. I could just keep adding and adding to this, but here's a start. I hope you find something to try. And if you'd like to learn more about Day of the Dead, be sure to visit my page: Día de los Muertos, Day of the Dead Lesson Plans and Activities.

Día de los Muertos Crafts

Day of the Dead Pumpkin by Our Crafty Mom

Día de los Muertos Printables

Dia de los Muertos Recipes

Pabassinas: Raisin Nut Cookies for Day of the Dead/ Dia de los Muertos by The Monday Box

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Monday, October 24, 2022

10 Videos for Kids on How to Draw Sugar Skulls

10 Videos for Kids on How to Draw Sugar Skulls

There are literally dozens of fantastic tutorials on YouTube on how to draw sugar skulls. Some of them are just the cutest things I've ever seen. And some of them have been turned into really clever crafts. With my own kids in mind, I went through and found some of the best videos for drawing or painting calaveras. Scroll through the ones I've listed below and let your kids pick out the ones they'd like to try!

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Gather Your Art Supplies

Before you get started, first decide on the video tutorial you'll be using. Then go ahead and get all your art supplies together. Here are some of the supplies used in the following art lessons.

How to Draw Frida Kahlo Videos

The first ones come from Miss Teresa Art (I've shared her art tutorials before)

Art for Kids Hub is one of my absolute favorite online drawing programs for kids. I've written about them before.

iCanHazDraw has a two part tutorial. Part one is shown below. And here's a link to part two.

Here's one from Articco Drawing:

Deep Space Sparkle is always one of the best art resources online. Here's their tutorial for a mixed media art piece:

Frazier Tales has this simple and easy to follow tutorial for younger students.

Maybe your student is really into pixel art? Then they'll like this tutorial from Hello Pixel Art.

I really love these little Sugar Skull Bookmarks from Red Ted Art!

Jessica Rocks has this fun tutorial for painting sugar skulls on rocks.

And if people calaveras aren't really your thing, then here's a lesson for drawing a calavera CAT from Draw So Cute:

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Around the World Equations in Spanish

Have you heard of the classroom game, Around the World? It's a super versatile game that can be played with a variety of topics. And our awesome MommyMaestra sponsor, Spanish for You! has cleverly adapted it as this month's Spanish freebie!

Around the World Equations in Spanish

Today's download is a 12-page game to help a group of Spanish learners practice number vocabulary. It's also a great way to strengthen simple math skills and quick thinking. The file comes with an introductory page with instructions on how to play the game. The rest of the pages are made up of printable game cards. This time, there is no audio file.

Bilingual Number Puzzle Cards

If your children are still learning to count in Spanish, then this set of bilingual number puzzle cards may help. These three sets of puzzle cards teach children numbers 1 - 20 by ones and 20 to 100 by tens in two languages! Just print the version that best suits your needs.

Budget-Friendly Spanish Learning Program

Remember! Spanish for You!'s program is geared for middle schoolers and is the perfect choice for homeschoolers and afterschoolers alike because their concepts are carefully divided up into manageable bundles that are available for immediate download from their website.

If this is your first time here, you can find other free samples from Spanish for You! here. There are some fantastic downloads of games and activities for you and your family to enjoy. If you enjoy this activity, be sure to visit the Spanish for You! website where you'll find tons of additional resources for you to help your young Spanish learner!

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Sunday, October 2, 2022

Celia Cruz Lesson Plans, Coloring Pages, Crafts, Activities and More

Did you know that the Cuban "Queen of Salsa" Celia Cruz, originally studied to become a literature teacher? But she interrupted her studies to pursue singing opportunities that eventually led to stardom. She has become beloved by generations all over the world for her operatic voice, flamboyant costumes and intimate relation to the music of Salsa. I've listed resources available for educators and parents below. If you want to learn about other important figures, check out my post on Latinos in History Your Children Should Know.

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Lesson Plans for Celia Cruz

Elementary Lessons

Resources for Middle & High School

Kid-Friendly Videos for Celia Cruz

Here's my favorite biography video for kids of any age from Cultura Colectiva Plus: The History Machine: Celia Cruz

Read Alouds

Here are a couple of video read alouds of two different children's biographies about Celia Cruz.

Activities & Crafts


by Lisbeth Kaiser

It's also available in Spanish:
¿Quién fue Celia Cruz?: ¿Quién fue? Un libro de cartón

by Veronica Chambers

by Monica Brown

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