Día de los Muertos (Days of the Dead) is celebrated in Mexico from October 31st to November 2nd every year.
People celebrate Día de los Muertos to remember and honour their loved ones who have died. It is a festive time to reconnect with deceased loved ones and remember them joyously - the Mexican tradition believes that the dead will be insulted by mourning or sadness!
There are some very common traditions associated with Día de los Muertos that are carried out throughout Mexico. Settling up an altar with offerings, cleaning and decorating graves, spending the night at the grave site, and telling stories about these loved ones are perhaps the most common.
The most recognisable symbols of Día de los Muertos are the skulls or skeletons called Calacas and Calaveras. You can find them everywhere during the holiday - in lollies, masks and as dolls and more!
In this activity you can play a fun dice game to create your own Calaveras inspired by Día de los Muertos!!
you will need:
a pencil for each player
a printed skull template for each player
some coloured pencils, crayons or felt tips for colouring everything in!
To play the game, take turns rolling the dice and with each roll you can add an element as per the chart in the game download.
If you have already drawn in the element then skip your turn… play until you have finished your own calaveras - then you can have some more fun by colouring it in!
You can get this activity along with 2 others, Mexican recipes and a bunch of educational resources in our learn-at-home guides to Mexico, over here: