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Fun Crafts for Kids for Hispanic Heritage Month

Eye of God (Ojo de Dios)

The Huichol Indians of Mexico and the Aymara Indians of Bolivia weave brightly colored yarn on a simple frame of crossed sticks to make a design called "Ojo de Dios" or "Eye of God."

ojo_de_dios

Materials

  • Popsicle sticks (2 per Godís eye)
  • Brightly colored yarn
  • Small bells (optional)
  • Age range: 5 years old and up

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Piñatas

Make your own mini piñata using paper cone cups.

pinata

Materials

  • Paper cone cups (pointed bottoms - like the ones used for water dispensers)
  • Gold, silver and brightly colored paints
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Crepe or tissue paper
  • Glue (or needle and thread - for older students)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Goodies to put inside (you could also leave the piñata empty and pretend)

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Age range: 4 years old and up


Piñatas

A simple-to-make piñata — made from a paper bag and tissue paper.

pinata

Materials

  • A large paper bag
  • String
  • Tissue paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Crepe paper streamers
  • Optional: Googly eyes, paint

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Age range: 4 years old and up


Retablos

A retablo is usually a painting of a saint or holy person. Retablo artists often paint on tin. Sometimes they add bits of paper or cloth to the painting. The artist leaves part of the tin showing. This makes the painting shiny and special.

Frida Kahlo, one of Mexicoís most famous artists, did many self-portraits in retablo-style, including objects and events that defined her: her illnesses, her animals, her jewelry and clothes that showed off her heritage, of which she was proud.

retablo

Materials

  • Cardboard (12" x 18")
  • Tin foil
  • Soap flakes or liquid hand soap
  • Tempera paint
  • White glue

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Age range: 10 years old and up


Maracas

A maraca is a hand-held percussion instrument, usually one of a pair, consisting of a gourd or similar hollow shell filled with dried beans, pebbles, etc., which make a rattling noise when shaken.

Materials

  • 2 identical paper cups
  • 1/4 cup uncooked rice
  • Masking tape

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Age range: 4 years old and up


Maracas

Materials

  • Cardboard paper towel or toilet paper roll
  • Packaging tape
  • Dried rice

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Age range: 4 years old and up


Papel Cortado

Papel picado/cortado (punched paper) is a Mexican popular art form with roots in the country's ancient cultures. The Aztecs used the bark of wild mulberry and fig trees to make a rough paper called amatl. Amatl was used to make flags and banners to decorate temples, streets and homes.

papel_cortado

Materials

  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Scotch tape

Click here for directions.

Age range: 5 years old and up (must be able to use scissors)

 

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