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These five free sugar skull coloring pages are the perfect way to celebrate the Day of the Dead.
What is the Day of the Dead…
The Day of the Dead is a traditional Mexican holiday that celebrated over the course of three days in the fall. Despite the fact that the Day of the Dead, or Dia de los Muertos, overlaps Halloween the two holidays are very different.
The Day of the Dead is a celebration of those who have passed. It’s believed that the spirits of those who have died return to earth to visit their loved ones. People celebrate by building altars, or ofrendas, and decorating them with food, drink, flower, photos, and of course, sugar skulls.
Why are sugar skulls a part of the Day of the Dead…
Sugar skulls are just what they sound like. They’re traditionally three dimensional models made out of sugar pressed into a mold that’s then decorated with icing, feathers, and flowers. These skulls are used to decorate the altars of the dead and as sweet treats for giving. The skulls aren’t meant to be scary but are full of vibrant colors and designs.
Five free sugar skull coloring pages…
Sugar skulls re such a fun theme to explore in art. I’ve drawn four detailed sugar skulls designs for you and your kids to print and color. These were so fun to draw. I think they’ll be just as fun to color!
I’ve also included one simple, blank sugar skull template for you and your kids to fill in with your own original version of a sugar skull!
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