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1st Grade – Day of the Dead Skeletons

1st Grade – Day of the Dead Skeletons

First Graders want in on the Day of the Dead celebration too!  I have done these skeletons in several different ways over the years.  Here are three variations of the same idea.

Backgrounds – Anything you want!!! I like the skeletons on purple, magenta and black paper best.  Flowers of some type are necessary, I have printed with foam stamps, made simple cut paper flowers and painted flowers.  Whatever you are in the mood for!

Skeletons – Students create a sugar skull with a 3×4 piece of thick tag or watercolor paper.  Then I pass out 1×12 strips of thick watercolor paper, (my scraps left over from other projects).  Students cut the length of the strip and than cut bones!

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  • Mrs. C
    Posted at 07:19h, 20 October Reply

    Again another great project! I'm sharing your Day of the Dead projects with our 3-5 Spanish teacher if you don't mind! 🙂

  • Paintbrush Rocket
    Posted at 21:44h, 20 October Reply

    Of course share! Kids love Day of the Dead projects. This is a very simple. I have done this before with cut paper flowers decorated with oil pastels which is easier if printing with paint is out. LOTS of variations for this one!

  • jaeartworks
    Posted at 18:08h, 30 October Reply

    Gosh…I LOVE these too! So great for younger ones.

  • Paintbrush Rocket
    Posted at 19:52h, 30 October Reply

    Thanks so much! I love Day of the Dead, I go a little crazy every couple years. 🙂

  • tinyartroom
    Posted at 09:17h, 14 November Reply

    I love these!!! They are so bright and beautiful and they would go along perfectly with the 5th graders learning about the skeletal system!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  • Art on my hands
    Posted at 16:44h, 27 December Reply

    I do a similar project to these but use the craft straws to create the bones. Its a favorite project every year with my 3rd graders.

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