*This post is sponsored by General Mills. However, all opinions are my own.*
I remember observing Día de los Muertos as a kid. It was a great way to celebrate loved ones who had passed away. As I got older, I’ll be honest- I didn’t really celebrate it as much anymore. My mom unfortunately passed away almost 3 years ago. On top of dealing with the loss of my dear mami, I had to figure out how to explain death to my little one, who was 5 at the time. Luckily, a kids movie all about Día de los Muertos had come out, which sparked an interest in Gabby. She asked if we could observe Día de los Muertos in honor of Grandma. How could I say no to that? Plus, she was right, it would be a great way to celebrate my mother’s life!
Some ways we observe Día de los Muertos is by making an altar with some of my mami’s favorite things. Her favorite cookies, tamales, horchata. Her favorite marimba music playing in the background! Gabby really likes the sugar skulls that are pretty symbolic for Día de los Muertos. This year I decided to make a Mini Sugar Skull Piñata to help us observe that special day! The mini piñata was so much fun to make, especially while munching on one of our favorite Big G cereals- Trix! So many options down the cereal aisle at Walmart, where we stopped by to pick up some supplies as well!
Mini Sugar Skull Piñata
- Cardboard or whiteboard (any heavy paper material will do)
- Tissue Paper
- Black Marker
- String (to hang and to pull on)
- Any other materials for decoration!*
- Draw out Sugar Skull shape (or get a print out if you prefer)
- Cut cardboard pieces (2) to the shape.
- Decorate the Sugar Skull face.
- Cut a long piece with slashes along the side to attach both pieces of the Sugar Skull together. Leave a space to stuff the piñata.
- Tape pieces together.
- Decorate Sugar Skull!
- We used tissue paper and a black marker to decorate. Skies the limit!
- Fill piñata and cover opening.
- Attach string on the top to hang and on the bottom by the opening to pull.
- Have fun!
I miss my mom so much! I am looking forward to Día de los Muertos to observe and remember such a fabulous woman, along with some other loved ones who have passed away. I know my mom is going to love the Mini Sugar Skull Piñata! She was quite crafty! Making the piñata was so much fun! Arts & crafts + snacking on Trix from Big G cereals makes for a great time! There is nothing making memories that will last a lifetime, plus reminiscing on the past is fun as well!
3 Generations. Last Mother’s Day with my mom & Gabby. (2013)
Mami and I on my Baptism day!
Do you observe Día de los Muertos? What is your favorite Big G cereal? Let me know in the comments!