The Day of the Dead is a colorful Mexican celebration that honors the loved ones that have died. It’s a fun way for kids to learn about holidays around the world and an important part of Mexico’s culture!
The Day of the Dead takes place around the same time as our Halloween, November first and second, to exact. After a week of preparation of baking and decorating Mexicans traditionally spend those two days remembering the life of their deceased family members through a colorful celebration, not mourning.
Like Halloween the Day of the Dead is filled with images of skulls (calaveras) and skeletons (calacas.) Unlike Halloween the Day of the Dead images of skeletons and skulls are not scary or threatening. They are colorful and often silly.
Sugar skulls (or calaveritas de azucar) are some of the most popular images from the celebration. They’ve become a part of our pop culture and recognizable by many. Sugar skulls, as their name suggests, are actually made of sugar. Traditionally the name of a deceased loved one would be written on the forehead and the rest of the skull decorated with additional sweets and ribbons. It is meant as a way to honor the person who has passed.
A Day of the dead free printable resource….
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Day of the Dead books….
The Day of the Dead isn’t meant to be scary. Give your kiddos a little insight into the celebration with these colorful children’s books all about the Dia de los Muertos.
Day of the Dead books with Bilingual Text….
These Day of the Dead books go a step beyond just explaining the holiday. Not only will your kiddo learn about the Dia de los Muertos but they’ll also get a touch of the Spanish language with these bilingual texts.
Day of the Dead activity and coloring books….
This holiday is beautiful and colorful. It has a long history of amazing folk art and hold endless possibilities for kids making their own Day of the Dead inspired art. Check out these activity and coloring type books to get the ideas flowing!
Day of the Dead Activities and Gifts….
Beyond books there are so many fun ways to learn more about this holiday! Sugar skull tattoos- what a fun idea. And come on, a Day of the Dead barbie?!?