Sunny Faces

Sunny Faces craft

Explore the rich culture of Mexico! Create this sunny sculpture of one of Mexico's most delightful images.

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    During Mexico's history, the sun has been an important symbol. Many different cultures have inhabited the Estados Unidos Mexicanos (United Mexican States). About 2200 years ago a temple was built in central Mexico. In time, this temple was used by many of different groups of people. Later, people in the Aztec culture named it "Pyramid to the Sun."

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    Why do you think the sun is so valuable to people living in Mexico? Study the country's climate and geography. Compare this location to Norway or other northern countries. How do you think the sun is important to these people?

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    Find pictures of Mexican sun images. Most people think of sunny as meaning cheerful and happy. In Mexico, the sun has not always been portrayed as a happy face. Why do you think that is?

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    With Crayola® Model Magic®, sculpt a sun. To create sunny colors, tint the Model Magic by pressing it with color from yellow and orange Crayola Washable Markers. Knead to blend the color into the Model Magic. For a marbleized effect, knead the modeling co

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    Roll the Model Magic in a flat circle. Add spikes of Model Magic for the sun's rays. Shape the face by adding or taking away Model Magic. Dry overnight.