Day of the Dead is a beautiful tradition from Mexico to remember beloved ancestors.
Meet Calaquita, our main character, in this magical, touching, amazing adventure with her grandma “La Calaca”. You will travel with them through time and discover more about Mayan and Aztec civilizations and the legend surrounding Monarch butterflies, which lie at the heart of this colourful tradition.
Grandma and grand-daugther meet happily once a year and help other people to arrive safely in the “other fantastic life”, thanks to their superpowers.
Build an “Altar” with all the important elements like food, candles, papel picado, sugar skulls etc…
Other activities available: How to make an “altar” with papel picado and cempasúchil flowers, Cook pan de muerto or decorate chocolate sugar skulls.
Participants: maximum 60 children
Language: Spanish, English or both.
Duration: from 30 minutes to 1 hour storytelling session ( cooking activities optional -1 hour required for each group of 30 students)
Spanish activities pre and post workshop availables.
These are some of the lyrics from a Mexican band to sing with the children:
Me agarra la bruja, me lleva a su casa
me vuelve maceta y una calabaza,
me agarra la bruja, me lleva al cuartel
me vuelve maceta y me da de comer
“It was a tremendous day!. It took me a couple of years to be brave enough to choose this workshop. I was very concerned about how it would be received by children and parents. However, Carolina, the storyteller, is utterly perfect for the role. She listened carefully to our concerns and was so sweet and kind with the children. Her incredibly varied professional experience shone through. I was most impressed by her ability to differentiate between the various ages and special needs of the wide variety of children we teach at Brookham. On top of that, Carolina looked wonderful in her authentic Mexican clothes and I for one would be very happy for her to be my friend and to kindly lead me to the after-life. We need to ditch Hallowe’en and The Grim Reaper! Ugh! Muchísimas gracias”
Sarah Hollingworth – Brookham School – 150 children from nursery to year 3
“All the conversations I had with teachers and pupils were really positive, Laura was really well organised and very informative. Thank you so much for everything, it really helped to add an extra bit of magic to the day”
Victoria Gonzalez Spanish & Music Coordinator – London Fields Primary School, 260 year 3, 4, 5, & 6 students