Sombrero Art

Sombrero Art

A Mexican sombrero is an iconic cultural symbol that is often used in traditional celebrations and folkloric festivities. It typically has a very wide brim that provides protection from the sun and has a high pointed crown. It can be made of straw or felt, and comes in different colors, patterns and embellishments.

By using dried beans and corn, foods that are prevalent in Mexican cuisine, your child will create a three-dimensional model of a sombrero. Manipulating and gluing these small items on to paper is a great workout for youngsters’ fine motor skills. It also works on expanding your child’s attention span and focus.

What You Need:

  • Paper plate
  • Small paper bowl
  • Glue
  • Assorted dried beans
  • Dried corn

What You Do:

  1. Help your child glue a paper bowl upside down onto the paper plate and let it dry.
  2. Show your child how to pour a dot of glue onto a bean and position it onto the bowl. Press down for a few seconds to let the glue set. Don’t use too much glue, otherwise the beans will tend to slide around on the bowl.
  3. Have your child cover the entire bowl, working in small sections at a time. ;Once that part is complete, your child can glue other types of beans onto the “rim” of the hat and incorporate some corn kernels, as well. Encourage him to be creative and make fun patterns using the dried beans and corn.
  4. At this stage, the hat is almost finished, but there is a little more work to do. Right now, the hat has a flat crown; to make it look more like a Mexican sombrero, ask your child to add additional layers of beads all the way around the crown. Make sure that each layer gets progressively narrower, creating a pointy shape.
  5. Que bueno! Use the new sombrero to add a little flare around the house for Cinco de Mayo.

Suggestion: For a simpler and quicker alternative to this project, simply help your child draw a picture of a sombrero on a paper plate and have him decorate it by gluing on assorted beans and corn! It will still give your younger child’s fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, patience and creativity a good workout!

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Toilet Paper Roll Maracas

Toilet Paper Roll Maracas

Music instruments can be expensive. Sidestep steep prices with this art project that uses recycled materials to create a melodious music maker! Quick, simple, and mess-free, toilet paper roll maracas are the perfect activity for lazy afternoons and slumber parties.

What You Need:

  • Cardboard toilet paper roll
  • Colored paper
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Dry pasta, beans or rice

What You Do:

  1. Set the toilet paper roll on the colored paper.
  2. Carefully use a pencil to draw the dimensions of the roll on paper. It’s okay if the paper is longer than the roll—you’ll just glue over it.
  3. Let your child cut out the colored paper along your penciled lines.
  4. Glue the colored paper on the toilet paper roll.
  5. Encourage your child to draw and cut out fun shapes, designs, and fringes from other sheets of colored paper.
  6. Have her glue her decorative pieces on the roll.
  7. Help your child make “caps” for her homemade maraca out of the colored paper. The caps should be slightly larger than the paper roll openings.
  8. Put a small amount of glue around one end of the paper roll.
  9. Place one cap gently over the glued end.
  10. Let your child add beans, pasta or rice into the paper roll.
  11. Glue the cap on the other end. Wait for your maraca to dry.
  12. Give your maraca shake! How does it sound?

What’s more fun than one maraca? Two maracas! Three maracas! Help your child make a maraca collection or create toilet paper roll maracas for each member of the family. Who knows? Maybe she can start her own band!

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