Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos – Masks

Day of the Dead – Dia de los Muertos – Masks

Today in our homeschool, we are going to introduce some of the aspects of Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead.  Then we will do a couple projects.  One of our projects will be to make or color our own Dia de los Muertos masks (instead of painting our faces).  I thought I would go ahead and share the page before I do my recap that way any of you who would like to use the printable for this year, could also take part in our fun craft.

I explained to my children that Dia de los Muertos is not the same or affiliated with Halloween.  And that our culture we live in has taken the two and combined them.  As I read in a few of the links, Halloween is about self:  decorating yourself, getting yourself candy, partying for yourself.  Dia de los Muertos is about giving to those who have gone on – to those outside yourself.  It is about remembering.  The skull – when affiliated with Halloween – is thought of as scary and morbid.  The skull – when affiliated with Dia de los Muertos – is thought of as a reminder, not of something morbid, but of those who were loved and have gone on.  It is a symbol of love and happiness of those past.

When I looked up why those who celebrate wear masks or paint their faces, I got a few different answers.  Some said they wear the masks to poke fun at death.  Some said they wear them in honor of those (representative) who have gone on before them.  Some say they wear them as a reminder that we are all the same and we all will face the same fate…death.  Either way, the masks we are presenting here are not given or taken lightly.  These are simply ways of allowing children to experience or understand another culture.  I will explain to my children that this is not like Halloween makeup, but that this is part of ceremony and culture and deeply ingrained in the beliefs of those who celebrate their lost loved ones.  This is not shared to be disrespectful, but as a means for those who would like to learn more about other cultures.

Here are a few links that tell about why (and how) people paint the skulls on their faces and also why the skulls are used and their meanings:

https://crueldazeofsummer.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/sugar-skulls-status-in-popular-culture-what-is-their-meaning-and-where-do-they-originate-from/

https://blog.redbubble.com/2014/10/day-of-the-dead-sugar-skull-art/

https://holidappy.com/holidays/Meaning-Dia-de-los-Muertos-Face-Painting

https://holidappy.com/holidays/Meaning-Dia-de-los-Muertos-Face-Painting

http://www.newsweek.com/day-dead-dia-de-los-muertos-sugar-skulls-696811

 

I have included a colored mask version (for those who only want a printed mask), a black and white version with designs for coloring, and a blank canvas one for those who wish to add their own designs and colors.  I hope you enjoy!

 

Sugar Skull Colored mask

Sugar Skull color your own mask with designs

Sugar skull color your own designs

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Shark Week 2017 – Day 4

Shark Week 2017 – Day 4

We took an easier day and didn’t do much on Thursday of Shark Week 2017.

I worked on and finished up some artwork for some free games/printables to share today (Fri). And the kids went swimming.

But other than that we didn’t do anything other than make and munch on Shark Bark.

We took our inspiration from this bark from Sandy Toes and Popsicles

We gathered up these supplies for our version:

Oreos (crumbled)

Light blue and dark blue candy melts

Vanilla Almond bark

Nerds

Sprinkles

Red Swedish fish

Gummy sharks

 

First we crumbled up about 15 Oreos in the bottom of a foil covered 9 x 13 dish.  And we sprinkled in a handful of Nerd candies for color and crunch.

 

We then melted up our 3 colored of melts and almond bark and dropped it by the spoonful all over the dish.

We then swirled the melts together to look like water.

  

Then we added different sprinkles.

Next we added gummy sharks and Swedish fish to the top.


  

Once we finished adding the toppings, we popped the dish in the freezer for about a half hour.

After freezing the bark for a half hour, we pulled the foiled piece out and busted and broke the bark up into hand held pieces.

Our Finished Bark!

Shark Roll Bingo

As I was searching Shark games for our Shark Week activities, I came across this fabulous Shark roll game.  I LOVED the idea.  But I wanted to revamp it so that we could make it into a Bingo type game for several players.  So I used my custom Shark bite design and made it the same way only I made 12 different Shark cards with a different mix up of numbers.  The idea is the same in that each player takes a turn rolling, counting, but then ALL the players cover what is rolled on that roll.  But they only cover it up once (meaning if an added two is rolled – you only cover up one #2 and leave the other for another roll).  The dice are then passed to the next player who rolls, all cover and so on!  It is a great way to practice counting but still be able to play with multiple players.  I also provided a single player roll game (1st card in the file).  So page #1 is for a single player and all the following pages are for multiple (up to 12) players.

Just print out all the 12 Bingo Player cards on white cardstock (pages 2-13 in the document).  Then trim out all the teeth cover “chips”.  Pick a player to roll first then go clockwise taking turns rolling.  If you get the number rolled, cover it with a tooth chip.  Play until one player has cover all their teeth and shout out BINGO!

 

  

I hope you enjoy!  And if you are looking for a roll over game with several different counting versions, go check out Playdough to Plato’s Roll and Cover Game!  It is so cute!

 

Shark Teeth Bingo Game

 

Please remember my copyright and usage clause.  You may use any of my free printables for personal use only.  You may not resale them in any way, sort or fashion – whether digital or physical.  You may also not use any piece or portion of the art in any new way or part of any other digital design or collaboration.  The art may not be tampered with and must stay in it’s original form.  Please also remember to credit and refer others back to us when you use these pieces – especially when posting online or on any social media.  We appreciate your respecting our policies on this.  Thank you!

Interesting Sharks – Fun tidbits & Memory Game – Shark Week 2017

I collaborated with the local artist The Madcat_her (@themadcat_her on Instagram) to bring you this fun Shark Memory game with fun tidbits of information.

 

**** DISCLAIMER****

We gathered the information for these cards from Wikipedia.  We do not claim all of these pieces as facts.  We only gathered this information in this way.  Please be polite if you find a discrepancy and feel free to email me any new/correct information (with a link to source).  I would be glad to update the cards at my convenience.  I will, however, not tolerate any rudeness or ill manners.  Do not email me with rude comments.  This was just a quick – for fun type game.  I am completely open to correcting anything.  But as stated, I did not come up with this information and I used the best source I could for this quick type game.  I will accept any nicely handled corrections.  Thank you!

 

  

 

Shark Card Game

Attached you will find a pdf of the Shark cards.  Just print the file once as I have already duplicated the cards in the file.  I would print them on heavy white card stock or on regular paper and glue to another dark or heavy card stock or chipboard piece.

Shark matching cards

 

Please remember my copyright and usage clause.  You may use any of my free printables for personal use only.  You may not resale them in any way, sort or fashion – whether digital or physical.  You may also not use any piece or portion of the art in any new way or part of any other digital design or collaboration.  The art may not be tampered with and must stay in it’s original form.  Please also remember to credit and refer others back to us when you use these pieces – especially when posting online or on any social media.  We appreciate your respecting our policies on this.  Thank you!

Shark Week 2017 – Day 3

Shark Week 2017 – Day 3

 

Shark word find

We started our day pretty lax.  We didn’t do any shark activities until early afternoon…. at the eye doctor.  Big sister had an eye appointment so the younger two took along their shark word finds from Jinxy Kids to keep them busy.

Later in the day, we made our shark clothespin craft.  We went off the idea here from Kix Cereal.  But I have provided you with art you can print and cut yourself, if you do not have the supplies they recommend.  You will still follow the same directions – just use this artwork.

Shark Clothespin art

 

After we made our shark clothespin craft, we made some shark attach drinks for snack time before church.  There are a few different alcoholic recipes out there.  But we obviously like to keep things kid friendly around here and so we use kid friendly drinks.

Shark Attack Drinks

We start with having some clear round glass bowls (we got ours from the Dollar Tree a long time ago and I use them for many different type parties).  We also use my tall taster dessert cups from one of my mini dessert server sets.  We start by gathering all of our ingredients:  7 up (or some sort of clear soda), punch or red koolaid, Swedish fish (we use tiny mini ones from Dollar General), a package of Nerds or if you have time to order them, use Candyfetti from Sweets Indeed.  You can find her shop on Etsy and her candies are THE BEST!  Also grab a bag of gummy sharks – we found ours at Dollar General.

Start by putting a gummy shark in each of the mini tall tester glasses and pour some of the red koolaid punch into the glasses as well.

 

Then you will wet the rim of the taster glass (use your CLEAN finger or use a clean wet paper towel).  Over turn the round glass “fish bowl” and place the taster glass to the middle of the bowl.  Once you have secured the glass completely against the bottom of the bowl, gently turn the bowl right side up.

After you have righted the bowl, add your sea “rocks” aka Nerds or Candyfetti and also add in any other underwater life you wish – we used our mini Swedish fish.  You will then add in your clear soda.  You can stop here at this step before doing your “shark attack” or you can add blue food coloring to make the drink more “bluish tinted”.  The blue does tend to make seeing a little harder and the red “attack” less of an “attack”.

Once you have your drink ready, you can uplift your taster glass and let your gummy shark and red punch rush out.  The red will float through the drink and give an appearance of a shark attack in the drink.  If you wish to do a less gory version of this drink, simply omit the taster glass and red punch and just add your shark, pebbles, and fish all to the bottom of the glass bowl and pour in your soda or drink of choice – for an “Under the Sea” version of the drink.  Now just add a straw and ENJOY!

The water (drink) will appear murky – just as sea water might.  And you never know where your shark will be lurking!

 
  

  
  

That was the end to Day 3.  We had other activities planned, but due to unforeseen events (doctors appt etc) we just went with the flow of what we could get done.  We may try to carry over some of our activities into next week – just so we can still do them and learn.  Or we may save them for another time.  Either way we are enjoying our time spent together and learning more about and having fun with sharks!

 

Shark Week – Free printable Banner

It wouldn’t be a festive Shark Week without having a mini party or at the very least some fun Shark Week decorations.  Last year we shared with you this fun BEWARE banner printable.  This year we thought we would share this mini Shark bite “Shark Week” banner for you to add to your collection.  We hope you enjoy it!

Please remember my copyright and usage clause.  You may use any of my free printable for personal use only.  You may not resale them in any way, sort or fashion – whether digital or physical.  You may also not use any piece or portion of the art in any new way or part of any other digital design or collaboration.  The art may not be tampered with and must stay in it’s original form.  Please also remember to credit and refer others back to us when you use these pieces – especially when posting online or on any social media.  We appreciate your respecting our policies on this.  Thank you!

Just click on the link below for a pdf version of the file.

 

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Shark Week 2017 Day 2

Shark Week 2017 Day 2

Today we started our Shark Week activities by making these cute Shark Cootie Catchers from over at Easy Peasy and Fun.

 

The girls had a fun time crafting them. But more enjoyable was when they were done, they used them as puppets, singing different versions of “Baby Shark”.

 
  

We ended up not getting to our other craft for the day – which was this cute shark tube figure from Hello Wonderful.

 

Shark tube craft

(Picture is from Hello Wonderful.  This is not my picture.)

 

This site shows the tutorial for this craft.  I have provided (below) some printout in case you might not have these colored supplies on had.  Just print and craft you own.  These won’t be exact to his tutorial.  But will be close enough to figure out.

Shark tube figure 1Trim out the blue tail fin box and fold in half on the tailfin line.  Then trim out the tail fin shape.  Glue together the flaps and you have a two sided colored fin.  Do the same thing for the top fin as well.

Shark tube figure 2

Cut this cone out and shape into a cone that is just slightly wider (at the open cone end) than the width of your tube of your shark body.  Then push this piece through the body tube and pull out the other side just enough for it to act as a tail.  Do not pull the piece all the way through the body.

Next up  – later in the day – we made our afternoon snack to eat while watching our Shark video for the day

Shark Teeth Chow

We used this recipe from Show Me the Yummy except we added in a couple of chunks off a vanilla almond bark bar and added plenty of powdered sugar to cover the extra.  We melted the almond bark and the peanut butter together and our chocolate separate.  Then we added them in one at a time and then mixed it all up.

First we put a whole bag of Bugles in our large bowl.

We melted the chocolate, mixed it until smooth and also poured that over the bugles.

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Then we melted the peanut butter and the almond bark together, mixed it until smooth, and also poured it over the bugles.

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Then with a spatula, we mixed the coatings and the bugles gently until all of the bugles were coated really well.

  

Then we started to add in the powdered sugar.  We added about a half cup at a time and mixed, then added more and then mixed.  We just kept adding and mixing until all of our pieces were very well coated and dry looking and white appearing.  And just like the recipe link said, it will have extra powder at the bottom of the bowl doing it this way.  Just scoop out your snack into a large (or a couple large) ziplock bags and discard the extra powder.  We ended up using about 3/4 of our bag of powdered sugar.  But we did have to toss some of it out after bagging as well.

  

We spooned some up in these cute little blue ice cream bowls (from Dollar Tree).  These are perfect little bowls to keep around for dishing up snacks at snack time.  They help me portion control what the kids are actual having rather than just letting them use bigger bowls to dish up their own snacks.

This snack is a little sugary and way sweet.  The kids didn’t even finish their little bowls in one setting but ate them over the course of the afternoon and even evening as their dessert after dinner.

While enjoying our afternoon snack, we first worked on this fun and informative crossword puzzle from Kids Zone.  We didn’t know offhand what most were.  So we looked up the answers.  This still gave us information to discuss.  Plus we were often able to see a picture of the shark this way – which was a fun and beneficial side to this activity.  After we finished up this activity, we looked up Wild Krats “Stuck on Sharks” on YouTube and watched that episode.  That also was quite informative and was done in such a way that my 7 year old was able to remember several of the details and the information.

Yesterday, we also shared this adorable mini “Shark Week” Banner.  This is a FREE printable for your free use – with abiding by my copyright and usage clause.  Go check it out and download it today!

 

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