Searching for something to do with your students for Hispanic Heritage month? Look no further than your recycling bin, your refrigerator, your cupboard, and your junk drawers! That’s right – there are many easy-to-follow Hispanic Heritage related craft projects and recipes that you can do with your students, and all you need are a few simple supplies:
- Use plastic water bottles, wooden dowels, Duck Tape, and dried beans or beads to create your very own maracas. Afterwards, shake, shake, shake to some Latin rhythms!
- How about making a guiro? Just by rubbing a pencil against a water bottle filled with beans or other rattling things, students can feel like their playing Latin band in no time.
- What kid doesn’t like to bang on drums? Quench their thirst by collecting oatmeal cans, butter or ice cream tubs, and coffee cans to make percussion instruments, such as mini bongos or congas. The rhythm is gonna get you!
- Make a piñata from a balloon, newspaper strips, and your very own papier-mâché mixture using flour, salt and water. Add cupcake liners, tissue paper, or scraps from magazines and newspapers to decorate the outside. Then stand back and students try to whack it open and scramble for the treats.
- Don’t feel like getting messy? Try making a piñata from a large paper bag. Decorate the bag with layers of tissue paper, add some string to the bottom, fill it with candy and treats, and voila! Once your students break it open and rummage for the treats, they won’t care that your piñata was once used to bag your groceries.
- Whip up some fresh guacamole and serve with tortilla chips. Then, for dessert, make sombrero cookies using icing, gumdrops, sprinkles, and sugar cookies. Be careful not to eat too many of these or you may hear Mariachi music coming out of your ears!
- Print out coloring pages of the flags of Hispanic countries and have your very own United Nations (or should I say Las Naciones Unidas) in your classroom!
- Study famous Hispanic artists, like Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dalí, Joan Miró and others. Then have students draw a self-portrait in the style of one of these artists. Visit websites of art museums around the world that feature Latin artists to inspire students even more.
While students are recovering from all the celebrating, candy, and yummy snacks, have them unwind by listening to or reading a book featuring Hispanic characters or themes or a bilingual folktale. Your students will clearly see that celebrating Hispanic Heritage month is sure to be educational yet exciting and fun.
Congratulations to Ms. Beatriz Urrejola & her students from Morningside Middle School in North Charleston, SC! She has won a Personajes del mundo hispánico collection for submitting the BEST pictures of her classroom celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
Ms. Urrejola couldn't take her students to Chile to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, so she brought Chile to them! They celebrated Chile's Independence Day by dancing the national dance, La Cueca, and playing with the Chilean traditional toy, El Emboque. We love this unique take on Hispanic Heritage Month and would like to thank Ms. Urrejola for sharing the celebration with all of us here on Plaza Santillana! To view all of the pictures, click here.
Ms. Beatriz Urrejola and her middle school students from Morningside Middle School celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month with a Chilean twist. Since they couldn't go to Chile, they brought Chile to North Charleston, SC!
On September 18th & 19th her Spanish class celebrated Chile's Independence Day by dancing the national dance, La Cueca, and playing with the Chilean traditional toy, El Emboque. They learned all about Chile while having fun!
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Ms. Esperanza Sasser and her middle school students from Needwood Middle School in Brunswick, GA made sure no one was left out of their Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. They took the party to Greer Elementary School!
Her 6th and 7th graders make maraca hats for second graders at Greer Elementary School. The 8th graders dressed up in ponchos and read a story called “Carlos and The Cornfield”.
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Every year, Americans around the nation get together to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th through October 15th. The contributions Hispanic Americans have made to the United States are endless and inspiring, and they have had a profound and positive impact on our county.
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