15 Magnificent Mexico Crafts for Kids
We love these Mexico crafts for kids & think they’re perfect to learn more about this amazing country! From sombreros to tacos, we’ve got a lot here!
Most countries can be identified by their flag, a monument, or maybe even a person. However, few countries can be identified by something as simple as a dish, and that says a lot about how popular the nation is. Yes, we’re talking about Mexico!
We say Mexico, but the country’s name is actually ‘The United States of Mexico’ – I know, most of us don’t know that! Here’s another fact that’ll surprise you – there are more Americans immigrating to Mexico than vice versa!
Mexico is a country whose heritage is just unparalleled – in fact, it is the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage sites in the Americas. Mexico’s culture goes back several centuries, and it is considered one of the cradles of civilization. You’ve probably heard of the Mayans and the Aztecs; well, they originated in Mexico!
We’re talking of Mexico today because this is an important month for the nation – the 6th of February is Mexico’s Constitution Day and the 24th of February is Mexico’s Flag Day. There’s a lot more to learn about this country, and that’s why we’ve rounded up some magnificent Mexico crafts for kids – and for anyone who wants to know more about this amazing place!
15 Magnificent Mexico Crafts for Kids
1. Sombrero Art Project
One aspect of Mexican culture you’re probably familiar with is the Sombrero, Mexico’s traditional hat. Mexicans call the hat ‘sombrero de charro’. It’s similar to a cowboy hat but has a wider brim to offer better protection from the sun. Deep Space Sparkle has a fun painting project where you can design and paint your own style of Sombrero!
2. Mexico Flag Activity
At the beginning of this list of Mexico crafts for kids, we talked about Mexico’s Flag Day, so we had to include this project from Kids Activities Blog! The Mexican flag is a tricolor, where the green represents independence, the white is symbolic of the Catholic religion and the red indicates the “Three Guarantees” of the Iguala Plan. The emblem in the center is a symbol of the Aztec empire.
3. Ojo de Dios God’s Eye Craft
The Ojo de Dios or ‘God’s Eye’ is a spiritual ornament made by the Mexicans by weaving yarn around a cross made of sticks or wood. The ornament is believed to provide spiritual protection, while also representing the ability to see the unseen, hence the term ‘God’s Eye’. Art Bar Blog shows us how to make our own God’s Eye ornament using plain sticks and colorful yarn.
4. Luchador Paper Mask
Mexico is quite impressive when it comes to sports, particularly boxing – the country has 13 Olympic medals in professional boxing! However, the real crowd puller is Lucha Libre, which translates into ‘free fight’ and is a form of freestyle wrestling. The fighters are known as Luchadores and they often wear colorful masks with various designs. First Palette shows us how to design our very own Luchador mask – even if you aren’t planning to wrestle!
5. Mexico Mini Fact Book
This Mexico mini fact-book is a great addition to this list of Mexico crafts for kids since it has a lot of fun facts and trivia about the country. For instance, did you know that avocado is Mexico’s national fruit? Or that one of the seven wonders of the world is in Mexico? To know which one it is, download the fact book!
6. Dancing Señoritas Craft
The Mexicans take their music and dance very seriously, and each region has its own tradition of folk dance. Mexican dance has strong influences from Europe and Africa. The national dance of Mexico is Jarabe tapatio, also known as the ‘hat dance’. Denna’s Ideas makes some lovely dancing Senoritas out of paper, wearing gorgeous Mexican skirts.
7. Mexican Paper Star Ornaments
Mexicans believe that their handmade crafts should be both beautiful and useful, and this thought can be seen in all their traditional crafts, which they call ‘artesania‘. Handicrafts differ from place to place and are made using locally sourced materials like wood, clay, metal, yarn, and leather. With 78% of the population being Catholic, handmade Christmas ornaments are quite popular, and Happy Thought gives us a fun project to make Mexican Christmas stars out of paper!
8. DIY Lucha Libre Ornaments
Earlier in this list of Mexico crafts for kids, we mentioned that luchadores used colorful masks when wrestling. These masks aren’t just for decorative purposes – they are also tied to the identity of the luchador. The mask has a great deal of importance – forcefully removing an opponent’s mask can get you disqualified! Dream a Little Bigger has a project for luchador mask catnip toys, but you can change the stuffing to turn them into simple ornaments.
9. Papel Picado Folk Art
You will love this beautiful Printable Mini Paper Picado craft from our November Bundle – a lovely addition to our list of Mexico crafts for kids!
Papel Picado is a traditional Mexican papercraft that translates into ‘perforated paper’, and it’s exactly what it sounds like! Sheets of paper are stacked together, and a chisel of a specific shape is used to cut out patterns. It is believed to have originated from the ancient Aztecs chiseling spiritual images onto bark.
10. Printable I Spy Mexico Activity
Mrs. Merry has the perfect thing to round up all the things you’ve learned after making these Mexico crafts for kids! This I Spy printable features many popular Mexican motifs – let’s see how many you can spot!
11. DIY Fiesta Flower Wreath
Planning a ‘fiesta’ at home? Then this beautiful floral wreath from Design Improvised is a must-have! ‘Fiesta’ means festival in Spanish, and Mexican fiestas are quite something! There’s music, dance, yummy food, bright decorations, and in some cases even parades and fireworks.
12. Mexican Tin Heart Folk Craft
Some of Mexico’s finest art is on metal, like copper and silver. Even today, artisans create art using traditional methods. Mark Montano tries to recreate the magic of this art form by using more malleable materials.
13. Mexican Mirrors Painted Art
Art is huge in Mexico, starting all the way from cave paintings 7500 years ago to famous artists of the 20th century, like Diego Rivera, José Clemente Orozco, David Alfaro Siqueiros, and the one and only Frida Kahlo! Painted Paper Art tries to revive Mexican art motifs in this painted paper art project.
14. Paper Taco Craft
When you think about Mexican food, you probably think of lots of chillies and heat, but the truth is that authentic Mexican food isn’t as spicy as people think! Yet, Mexican cuisine has incredible global appeal and it has even been added to UNESCO’s list of Immaterial World Cultural Heritage. Make your own paper tacos with this fun project and maybe set up your own pretend taco stand!
15. Huichol Style Yarn Art
Huichol is a term used to refer to a group of indigenous people of Mexico, and they have their own unique art forms. Yarn painting is one of them, where beeswax is spread on a board and yarn is pressed on it in a specific design. The designs are often based on Huichol culture, but you can try your own patterns using this fun project by Happy Hooligans.
We hope that these Mexico crafts for kids have been helpful in learning a little about the amazing country that is Mexico. Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg – there are many more fun facts to learn! For instance, the largest pyramid in the world isn’t in Egypt – it’s in Mexico! So let this be a starting point for your study – have fun with it!
Don’t forget to check out more arts and crafts related to Mexico:
- Frida Kahlo Art Projects for Kids
- Day of the Dead Crafts for Kids
- Cinco de Mayo Crafts for Kids
- Cactus Crafts for Kids