Día de los Muertos is a little over a week away, so maybe you are looking for some fun resources to teach your children about the holiday. Last year, we shared a list of some of our favorite Día de los Muertos picture books for kids. Today, we have five craft or activity books that celebrate Day of the Dead.
Day of the Dead Activity Book by Karl Jones and illustrated by Steve Simpson. Penguin Group, 2013.
One of the newest titles released this year for Day of the Dead is this fun activity book. The illustrations are fantastic and make the 16-page book seem longer than it is. However, it is the press-out 3D ofrenda, paper dolls, and stickers that truly make this book worth purchasing. The first 16 pages include your typical Día de los Muertos information and activities like what the holiday is about, how to make paper marigolds, and recipes for sugar skulls and “graveyard cake.”
Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead by Randel McGee. Enslow Elementary, 2012.
A fully-illustrated book with eight activities inside, Paper Crafts for Day of the Dead includes projects like making paper marigolds, a calavera mask, skeleton figures, as well as clothing for said figures, a skeleton candy basket (so cute!), papel cortado and Aztec animal decorations. Randel McGee is the author, and he does a good job describing how to make these little projects. The photographs that accompany some of the different steps are helpful. And he even includes templates/patterns in the back for those who would like to use them. This books is best suited for kids ages 6 to 12.
Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Stained Glass Coloring Book by Marty Noble. Dover Publications, 2011.
Sixteen line-art interpretations of this festive event find their inspiration in papel picado, a traditional Mexican folk art involving paper-cutting, and the images of Mexican cartoonist José Guadalupe Posada. The intricate detail of the illustrations make it especially fun to look through and color. The book includes bilingual text, and is fun for children and adults alike.
Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Paper Dolls by Kwei-lin Lum. Dover Publications, 2009.
Artfully and accurately rendered in the tradition of Mexico‘s Day of the Dead, this set of whimsical, vividly costumed skeleton figures honors the memory of the departed. This bilingual collection features 2 paper dolls, 15 ornate costumes, a variety of altar offerings, and a bonus sticker poster. The book comes with a Publisher’s Note at the beginning briefly describing the holiday and José Guadalupe Posada’s La Catrina.
Day of the Dead/Dia de los Muertos Sticker Book by Kwei-lin Lum. Dover Publications, 2009.
This graphic Day of the Dead sticker set celebrates a November holiday joyfully observed by people of Mexican heritage. With 25 colorful stickers that identify everyday items in English and Spanish, kids will be introduced to a second language and learn more about the festival that’s dedicated to lost loved ones. This book is best suited for children ages 6 and up.
Monica Olivera Hazelton, NBC Latino contributor and the founder and publisher of MommyMaestra.com, a site for Latino families that homeschool, as well as families with children in a traditional school setting who want to take a more active role in their children’s education. She is the 2011 winner of the “Best Latina Education Blogger” award by LATISM