Healthy Halloween Games
Halloween is synonymous with candy and can tempt your students to throw their healthy habits out of the window. Change their minds by introducing healthy Halloween treats and games as a fun alternative!Read More
In Disney/Pixar’s Coco, an aspiring young musician, Miguel, travels to the land of his ancestors to learn more about his families’ stories and traditions on Dia de Los Muertos (the Day of the Dead). The Day of the Dead is a Mexican celebration also celebrated in parts of Latin America and the United States, with the practice going back thousands of years in South American cultures. This multi-day celebration brings together family and friends to honor and remember family ancestors with many traditional elements like calaveras (decorative skulls), Aztec marigolds, and cut paper decorations called papel picado. Celebrations typically begin around All Saints Day and continue through All Souls Day, October 31st through November 2nd. Although this celebration takes place around the Halloween holiday, it is important to honor and respect the many differences of the two.
This year, take some time to learn more about the varied history and practices around Dia de los Muertos and consider your own cultural celebrations and traditions. Explore your family history and learn more about the celebrations of your ancestors.
Family traditions are celebrated throughout Dia de los Muertos, and often reflect the things loved most by ancestors. In Coco, Miguel learns that his love for music originated with his great great grandfather and is an important part of his life today. Think about how music and other things you enjoy might be connected to your ancestors. Get your brain (and body) moving with some of the activities below!
Rubber Band Guitar
Dance to the Music
Musical Statues (A classic game that can be played with one or more people.)
Move Like the Music (This is a great way to consider emotions and feelings through creative movement.)
Create Your Own Rhythm
Colorful Fruit Salad
Dia de los Muertos traditions and celebrations are full of vibrant, beautiful colors. Each color has a different meaning. Pink, for example, means happiness and yellow means sun and unity. Fuel up with a healthy fruit salad and think about what each color means to you!
Prep time: 20 minutes
In Coco, Miguel learned about his great grandparents’ lives and about how significant music was to his family’s history. Ask students to invite parents, grandparents or other family members to come in for an Ancestor Day at school and, together, share stories about their culture and family history.
Make Ancestor Day an even bigger event by inviting families to bring in a healthy snack from their culture to share with other students in class or at lunch.
Send out a call for parents or family members who are talented musicians and invite them to come in and add their own live music to the Dance to the Music ideas above!