Looking for some Spanish Day of the Dead crafts and activities, but not sure where to start? Or maybe you’re dreading making those messy sugar skulls and are looking for a simpler, cleaner craft (because the janitor is still giving you the evil eye from last year’s sticky mess)?
Then check out these 10 simple, but engaging Spanish Day of the Dead activities – so many great ideas – pick and choose your favorites or try a different one each year to keep things fresh.
1. Skull Rocks
Love these! Perfect cheap Day of the Dead decorations that will last for years to come. Or if you want these decorations, but don’t want to do the work, suggest that your art teacher have students make these to donate to Spanish class.
– oval rocks – Send your students out rock hunting the week beforehand. If they have any landscaping rocks in their yard, those work well, too.
– acrylic paints and small tipped paint brushes
How: Students paint the white oval first and let it dry. The next day, students paint the details.
Learned this idea from: https://secondaryspanishspace.com/2012/10/stone-sugar-skulls.html
2. Sugar Skull Piñatas
Making these in class can be messy and time-consuming, but this makes a great extra credit assignment or Spanish Club project. Or, you just make a few at home to use as decorations for class and keep them from year to year to hang up.
Supplies: Newspaper, paper mache mix (flour and water), tarps/cut up plastic bags (to go prevent mess), paint, paintbrushes, balloons
How: Blow up a balloon. Mix flour and water to make a liquidy paste. Tear newspaper into strips, coat with paste, and then cover the balloon with the strips. Let dry completely. Pop the balloon with a needle. Cut out a small circle, paint, fill with candy and tape over the bottom hole and paint it. Attach a string to hang it.
Learned this from: https://blog.partydelights.co.uk/day-of-the-dead-party-pinata/