Cinco de Mayo Streamers
Paint toilet paper roll with craft glue and roll in colored sand. Allow to dry thoroughly. Use hole punch to punch six equally-spaced holes about 1/2-inch up from the bottom of the toilet paper roll.
Give each child two sheets of 9- by 12-inch sheets construction paper in constrasting colors. Instruct them to pencil in one-inch margins on the narrow sides of one sheet of paper, then cut one-inch slits from margin to margin as show in the diagram on the right. The second sheet of paper should be cut into one-inch strips. (Instruct them to cut from wide edge to wide edge, resulting in twelve 9- by 1-inch strips.)
Jumping Bean Paintings
Give each child a sheet of paper. Let children take turns putting their sheets of paper in the bottom of a paint box. Have them dip a handful of beans into various colors of paint, then drop the beans into the box. Cover the box and shake for at least 30 seconds. Remove finished painting and allow to dry.
Copy flag pattern onto cardstock or tagboard. Give each child a copy of the flag, tissue paper of each color, and glue. Direct students to tear tissue paper into small strips, then crumble into small balls. Use paper balls to cover flag, coloring in each section correctly. Students may use markers to color center medallion either before or after decorating the rest of the flag. Allow glue to dry thoroughly, then use masking tape to attach yarn for hanging to back of each flag.
Before distributing cups to students, cut a 1/2-3/4" gash in the bottom center of each cup. (Length of cut depends on width of popsicle sticks purchased. Gash should be about 1/8" longer than stick is wide.) Insert popsicle stick into opening of each cup until about 1/4" of stick is visible inside cup, and hot glue stick securely in place. Be sure to use a LOW TEMP glue gun. At higher temperatures, glue will melt the plastic cups. You may wish to glue the stick both inside and outside cup the cup for added strength. Allow glue to cool completely before distributing cups to students.
Fill large bag with treats, fold down top, and tape closed. As a class, decide on a design for the pinata. (Animals work particularly well.) Use pieces of tissue paper to cover paper bag and decorate. Small bags filled with newspaper and covered with tissue paper can be used to create features like ears, noses, legs, tails, and so forth.
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