Cultural Craft for Kids: Mexican yarn art

April 23, 2013

To make this craft with your kids, download the Mexican yarn art template here from Cultural Care Au Pair.

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Children’s Day, otherwise known as “El Día Del Niño” in Mexico. is celebrated today, April 30th. In Mexico, children are honored with special activities, games and presents! To celebrate this special day, we invite you and your children to make Mexican yarn art, a craft native to he Huichol people of Mexico. They are famous for their “yarn paintings”— small tablets covered with a mixture of beeswax and pine resin into which threads of yarn are pressed. These paintings are brilliantly colored designs featuring spiritual ideas about themselves—they typically include likenesses of animals, birds, plants and people.

MATERIALS:

  • Mexican yarn art template (download here)
  • Piece of poster board or cardboard
  • Different colored pieces of yarn
  • White glue

INSTRUCTIONS:
Choose an important idea you would like to represent in your painting (friendship, love, family, etc.) or choose some typical Mexican symbols to copy (you’ll find just a few to the right). Sketch your design first in pencil and then glue yarn on top. Use additional pieces of yarn to outline your design until the whole page is filled in.

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