Emma has always been fascinated with the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration and imagery. When she was in kinder she even organised a Mexican festival day for the whole class with music and dancing. Now that Dia de los Muertos is approaching, I thought it would be fun to create a FREE printable Sugar Skull colouring page to keep the kids entertained, and introduce them to this colourful cultural festivity.
About Dia de los Muertos – Day of the Dead
Dia de los Muertos, The Day of the Dead, is a holiday celebrated on November 1 & 2 in many Latin American countries in various ways, but it most strongly a associated with Mexico, where the tradition originated. Celebrated on All Saints Day it’s a custom that combines indigenous Aztec ritual with Catholicism.
On those days, many people in parts of Latin America construct altars in their homes to honor their deceased relatives and they decorate them with flowers and candies and other offerings. A common symbol of the holiday is the skull in (calavera) and sugar skulls can be given as gifts to both the living and the dead.
Recently the Day of the Dead iconography has become associated with Halloween which falls at a similar time, and even though their origins differ, they both originate from the tradition of remembering the departed.
Sugar Skull Colouring Page – Free Printable
I love the vibrant colours and floral motifs used to embellish sugar skulls so I thought it would make the perfect colouring page with lots of details to decorate. I didn’t originally intend on creating a colouring page, this design is actually a by-product of another fun craft activity I’ve designed (which I’ll share soon).
Print as many copies as you like for personal use. It’s designed to fit on an A4 page so if you are using another size paper, just select ‘fit to page’ on your printer settings. Get the link to the printable at the bottom of this post.
Tag me on Instagram @mypoppetblogs to show off your artistry, I’d love to see your colourful Day of the Dead sugar skulls.
Just a little note: This printable is for personal use only, please do not resell this printable or items made with it. Feel free share this on your own blog but make sure you link back to this post (not the printable image link), thanks for understanding.Print Sugar Skull Colouring Page Here
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