How to Share Dia de los Muertos with your classmates

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Growing up, Dia de los Muertos was a holiday that I was aware of, but it wasn't something that my family celebrated. I don't know why, I wish we had, because I think it's such a beautiful way to honor your family. As a Latina Mom, I am going to take this opportunity to teach my girls the truth behind the tradition.  

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I wanted to come up with a fun way that my girls can share a bit about Dia de los Muertos with their classmates. Of course, treats and coloring sheets are the best way to make a lasting impression on kids. Am I right? So, today I'm sharing a quick little treat recipe that your kids can help you make, as well as a printable coloring sheet and kid-friendly description of Dia de los Muertos that your kids can share with their classmates. 

I found these BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cups Skulls while shopping at Walmart. I couldn't avoid the seasonal candy aisle, and as much as I love Halloween, I thought I would be able to use these skulls as a base for a Dia de los Muertos Calavera. (A Calavera is a colorful representation of a human skull used as a decoration for Dia de los Muertos.)
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Calaveras are typically white with colorful accents. Here is what you'll need to make your own BUTTERFINGER® Calavera.  

  • BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cups Skulls

  • White cookie icing 

  • Decorative icings in various colors (or food coloring, to mix your own) 

  • Colorful Sprinkles and candies 

  • Toothpicks 

*Did you know BUTTERFINGER® Peanut Butter Cups Skulls have no artificial colors or flavorings?

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These skulls are small, but not too small to decorate. I actually found it pretty easy to use the icings, sprinkles and toothpicks.  The good part is, you don't need a ton of icing either. All you do is outline and fill in with white and then decorate. What I did was, poured out some different color icings like a palette to paint and poured out some various sprinkles as well. I dipped my toothpick in a bit of icing and had fun decorating. 

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These Calaveras needed a base that I thought could serve as a frame. I always make regular rice cereal crispy treats, this time I used chocolate flavored rice cereal and Oh-em-gee. They are my new favorite thing ever, total game changer. To make these rice cereal crispy treats, follow the instructions on either the cereal box or marshmallow bag.  

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Once my crispy treats were set, I cut them into squares and dug a hole, the size of the calavera, from the top and removed just enough crispy treat to place the Calavera inside. Next, I dipped the bottom of the crispy square into melted white chocolate and then dipped into some marigold colored sprinkles.  

Marigolds are the flower that are most commonly used during Dia de los Muertos celebrations. It is both pungent and colorful and thought to help lead souls to the offerings put out on the day and back.  

Kid friendly Printable Dia de Los Muertos Coloring sheet

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I created this printable coloring sheet to accompany the treats, as a way to educate the kids a bit about what Dia de los Muertos is. I want to teach them that Dia de los Muertos is not a scary or sad holiday, instead it's a beautiful tradition and celebration of life. Feel free to right click and save, Pin or Print the sheet above. 

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And just like that you have a treat and a coloring sheet to go along with this teachable moment. This will be our first year creating an altar to honor those in our family who have passed away. For my family, it is a very sensitive time of year as Dia de los Muertos also falls on my son's birthday and the day he passed away. A mother losing her child is not something that is easy to celebrate, however, this year is my son's 10th birthday and I would very much like my girls to join us in honoring his life. Dia de los Muertos is a special time of the year and I am determined to make it memorable for our family. 

Do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos?