Spoon Skulls – Lesson Plan
Spoon Skulls – Lesson Plan

(squeaking) (pop) (♪♪♪) Sugar Skulls are a folk art
tradition in Mexico, made as part of
the Dia de Muertos, Day of the Dead celebration. They’re made with
sugar mixture that’s pressed into
a mold and decorated. They’re designed to be
whimsical and humorous, not frightening like many
of our Halloween traditions. Today we’re going to make
these skulls out of clay, not sugar. Not nearly as tasty,
but they’ll last a lot longer. They can be worn as necklaces,
made into ornaments or clip ons, and the best part is they
glow beneath a blacklight or in the dark. We’ll start with some clay. I’m going to be
using Fimo Air, which is a microwavable clay. It’ll also harden
on it’s own over a couple of days. I’ll work it in my hands
for just a minute so that it’s smooth and pliable. You can see it’s very soft,
it’s very easy to work with. Next we’ll need
a tablespoon measure and a little white flour. Dip the spoon into the flour, and the clay
won’t stick to it. Press the clay
into the spoon part, and down the handle
just a little bit. I don’t want the clay to
spill out over the sides. This is going to form
the shape of the skull. I’ll need
a little bit of string, and if I were to air dry this,
I could also use wire, but since this is
going in the microwave I’ll use string. Press it into
the back of the clay, kind of pinch the clay
around it so that it stays. And this will give us
something to hang it on when it’s done. Okay, now we’ll turn it over and remove the clay
from the spoon. There’s our skull shape. Place it on a microwave
safe plate, then use your index fingers to
determine the placement of the eyes
and just press down. Well now that the shape
of the skull is ready, I’m going to go put it in
the microwave for about 10 minutes
on a medium level. I need to place a container of
water in with the skull while it cooks, or the clay might dry out
too quickly and scorch. Alright, I’ll be right back. Here’s a plate of skulls that
have either been air dried or placed in the microwave. You can hear,
they’re very very hard. When they first come out of
the microwave they’re just a little bit hot, but if you let them sit
for just a minute they’ll be cool enough
to pick up and hold. Now’s the fun part. It’s time to decorate them. Let’s look at some ideas. Fluorescent colours,
using markers, tempera, or acrylic paints,
will glow under the black light. I also have with me some
glow-in-the-dark paint that I could coat
the skull with first and then apply decoration. You’ll need to use very small
brushes and fine line markers of course. Then we could decorate it
with glitter glue, sequins, rhinestones,
feathers, as well as small flowers
and ribbons. That makes the skulls look
really fun and whimsical. Or, you might prefer
a scary skull. This one was made by
first coating it with black acrylic paint, then using a wooden stick
to scratch away areas of white. Now the back side
could be designed as well, and for extra durability,
spray the skulls with a clear coating to keep it
clean and smudge free. Let’s turn off the lights
one more time and take a look, shall we? You can find a lesson plan
with a complete materials list, teaching standards,
and more, at DickBlick.com Type Spoon Skulls
in the keyword search. (♪♪♪) Captioned by GigEcast

3 thoughts on “Spoon Skulls – Lesson Plan”

  1. Jeanie Gregory says:

    I love these they would be perfect for children to make at a Halloween party! Thank you

  2. JustKK says:

    I love these!

  3. Susan Binder says:

    Cant wait to try this in my class 🙂 Going to start tomorrow.

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