We have a large population of Mexican children at our school, so I wanted them to learn about another culture, but still within the realm of Hispanic culture.
So the 2nd graders learned about the island of Puerto Rico and the traditional masks worn during Carnival called Vejigantes (Veh-he-gon-tays)!
We paper mâchéd but since we couldn’t use balloons because of allergies, the 5th grade art room helpers and I used balls of newspaper wrapped in foil for the 2nd graders to use.
It was most of the students’ first time doing paper mâché and it was pretty funny listening to them being grossed out when the were doing it! But they did an awesome job!
After I cut them open, the kids painted them. While they painted, I read a story about Ramon and the Vejigantes called Vejigante Masquerader.