Classified: Easy and is best suited for children 3 and up.
Website: Inside Mexico- Cinco de Mayo
Book(s): Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Mexican Hat Dance (Stories to Celebrate)
Vocabulary: Cinco de Mayo, Mexico, celebration, maraca
What You Need:
- Small (dessert) plates
- Popsicle stick
- White, red and green paint
- White Glue
- Rice or dried beans
- Decorating accents such as streamers, beads, buttons, pom-poms, etc.
Preparation: Either you our your child/student poor rice (or dried beans) onto one of the dessert plates and apply glue around the edges. Place a Popsicle stick into the glue and sandwich it between two paper plates. Allow to dry. I personally stapled it for extra security (think.... rice, floor!) Plus I felt that it held the handle of the maraca (Popsicle stick) into place better once stapled.
1. Introduce Cinco De Mayo to your child/students. Make it fun by adding some Mexican food to share!
2. I painted my maraca to resemble the Mexican Flag (green, white and red). Have your child design their maraca as they wish using the traditional Mexican colors. They can paint, color, add some decorations, etc. Remember, it's the process not the product. If you are working with older children, you can discuss elements of art and design within the project. For example, you can have them make a pattern with green, white and red beads - or - use symmetry by designing one side of the maraca to look like the opposite side.
3. Allow their designs to dry completely before they can be shaken. Play some Mexican Music and shake your maracas to form a marching band!
|3 year old creation|
|5 year old creation.|
Note: As you see from above, my almost 3 year old sneaked into my art bin and pulled out some pink pom-poms........... It's the process.............she had to have pink and is the type of little girl who has to leave her mark in the world (or in art)!