This idea as well as many others, was inspired by www.artprojectsforkids.org (a fantastic website for elementary art lesson plans). We began by learning about the Mexican holiday of Day of the Dead or Dios De Los Muertos. I explained how it was a holiday that celebrated loved ones who have passed away in a joyous manner. We created Day of the Dead masks by first drawing the other half of a skull (I gave all students a piece of card stock with half a skull photocopied onto it). We discussed symmetry and after the skull was drawn drew symmetrical designs on it. We reviewed cutting skills and how to cut the eyes out by bending the paper and cutting a small slit to put a scissor blade through. The finishing touch was a taped on popsicle stick so that they could be used as a mask.