Día de Muertos is a wonderful celebration. It has lots of color and fun and is also an opportunity to remember and honor people we love.
It is important to teach children about the true meaning of the Day of the Dead. I recently wrote a post for Multicultural Kid Blogs with Day of the Dead facts for children. It is a printable reading, available in Spanish and English. Read the article and download the Día de Muertos facts.
You can find more fun activities and articles about Día de Muertos in the Multicultural Kid Blog Day of the Dead series. There are articles with excellent book recommendations and Day of the Dead crafts like calavera puppets and masks. More articles will be added to the series all month, and there is a link-up where other bloggers have added their Día de Muertos posts.
Día de Muertos lends itself many bright decorations and games. In Mexico this time of year, papelerías are full of papel picado and other paper decorations. Ceramic skulls and La Catrina statues are everywhere, and you can buy all kinds of Día de Muertos themed products for your celebrations.
As a part of the the Day of the Dead celebration, families build altars in their homes for loved ones who have died. Day of the Dead altars have many traditional elements. A few the essential elements are candles, marigolds, a photo, sugar skulls, water, food and papel picado. Again, stores are full of sugar skulls, pan de muerto, and whatever else you need to complete your altar.
Spanish Playground is happy to share some Día de Muertos fun with a giveaway. Enter to win one of 3 packages using the Rafflecopter below.
Each package has ceramic calaveras, a memory game (my favorite item because the images are labeled so kids get more Spanish!), a Día de Muertos tote bag, paper masks and a paper puppet.