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Explore daily life in Mexico, particularly the practice of the mid-day siesta. Use Crayola® Fabric Crayons to design a siesta pillow with traditional Mexican images.
Provide students with resources on the country of Mexico, its culture and people. Students work independently or in collaborative groups to research the origins of siestas in hot climates, as well as traditional and contemporary Mexican images. Choose authentic symbols that could represent a dream theme for the Siesta Pillow.
After cutting an 8-inch (20 by 20 cm) square of white paper with Crayola Scissors, students use Crayola Fabric Crayons to draw dream symbols on the square. Draw in reverse so it will transfer right side up to siesta pillow fabric. Press hard for intense crayon colors.
Cut white synthetic fabric (not 100% cotton) into a 9- by 18-inch (23 by 46 cm)piece.
On a flat surface, students place several blank sheets of white paper over layers of newspaper for ironing. Place fabric on the paper, face up. Lay design face down near one end of fabric. Top with white paper.
An adult sets an iron on cotton, with no steam, and preheats it. The adult places the iron in one spot, presses down, then lifts and moves the iron to another spot until the entire design is transferred to the Siesta Pillow. Carefully remove the paper.
Fold fabric in half with the image inside. Glue pillow sides together with Crayola School Glue. Dry completely, then stuff. Glue open side closed. Dry.
Students write a dream story that includes your pillow images. Write with Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils, in Spanish or another language of Mexico if possible.
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