Happy Fall, everyone! It’s Crystal here and although I LOVE Halloween I know many schools cannot celebrate it. You can, however, teach cultural lessons on the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos - and this little book is great for letting kids get artistic and take home a little book of facts.
You’ll need your SuperStar Machine along with the following items:
Sizzix Bigz Die Skeleton Part #1
Sizzix Bigz XL Die Book, Earth Cover & Page
Cardstock or Printer paper – bright colors
Printer Paper (white) or notebook paper
Optional – sequins, rhinestones, glitter, small flowers, magazines, stickers
Using your Earth Book die, cut out just the solid part of the book. Die cut two pieces for each book you need to make (a front and back piece). Make sure to use brightly colored pieces of paper – Dia de los Muertos is a very colorful celebration! You can also use this same part of the die to die-cut white pages from printer paper or even notebook paper.
Die-cut one skull per book per book using your white paper. Your students can decorate their skulls before or after they attach them to the front of their books.
I chose to glue my skulls onto my books before decorating so that I could decorate the book in the eye and mouth “holes”. Slip your white paper inside to complete the book and either tape or glue the left “binding” of the booklet. You can also punch two holes and tie small pieces of yarn to hold the book together as well.
Inside the booklet, depending on the age of your students, they can cut out pictures from magazines that correlate with what they’ve learned about the Day of the Dead, write facts about what they’ve learned, or even draw pictures of various things! You can also use this same idea to write mini reports on the skeletal system!