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 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

 

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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!