Make a Poncho
Students can make a poncho out of a paper bag or piece of fabric.
Cinco de Mayo
For Cinco de Mayo on May 5th (or any day of the year), have a special day complete with Mexican food and Mexican clothes like brightly colored ponchos. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican national holiday. It marks the victory of the Mexican Army over the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
Find out more here: What is Cinco de Mayo?
What You Need:
- Large Paper Grocery Bags
- Bright markers
- Paint brushes and water
What You Do:
- Cut a hole in a paper bag so that your or your child’s head can fit through.
- Cut slits up both sides of the bag.
- Decorate the paper bag poncho with brightly colored markers or paints or crayons.
- Try a waterpaint wash technique, whereby you draw on the paper with crayons and paint a light wash of paint over top.
- You can also glue bits of fabric scraps onto the paper bag as well.
- Have a look at some real ponchos for inspiration.
To make a fabric poncho, you will need:
- 3 ft square of blanket or heavy fabric or old bed sheets
- waterproof fabric makers
- Fold the fabric in half.
- Cut a v-shaped slit in the middle of the fold. The slit should be large enough to let your head push through it.
- Cut fringes at the bottom of the poncho.
- Draw geometric designs on the bottom edge.