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Creative Thinking Prompt: Heritage Shapes Us

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Creative Thinking Prompt: Heritage Shapes Us

Yesterday was Cinco de Mayo, a holiday celebrated in the town of Puebla, Mexico to commemorate the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War. In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has become a popular holiday celebrating Mexican heritage and culture.

What is your heritage? Did your family immigrate from another country? Is there a certain day when your family celebrates its traditions and culture? For many of us, our family heritages are blended because family members have descended from more than one country. Does your family celebrate more than one culture? If you aren’t able to find out answers to these questions, think about another culture that interests you. What makes that culture special to you? What cultural holiday would you like to celebrate?

Think Deeper:  If you could be any geometric shape, what shape would you be? In what ways are you like the shape you chose? Make a piñata using the shape you picked.

Watch this two minute video to learn how to make a mini pyramid piñata. How can you use the information presented in the video to design and create your geometric-shaped piñata?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGdqz2cENX4&feature=youtu.be

To learn more about the history of the piñata, visit: http://www.mexconnect.com/articles/459-history-of-the-piñata

Creative Thinking Prompt: Mosaic Art

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Mosaic Art 

How many shapes can you find in this picture?

Creative Thinking Prompt: Use small shapes to make up a larger picture.

Think Deeper:  SHAPE GAME: With a partner, set a timer for 60 seconds. Both players draw a picture using only geometric shapes – circles, triangles, squares, etc. The winner is the one who uses the most different shapes. Change the game rule, the winner is the one who uses the most circles or who uses the most shapes.

Check out these mosaic artworks:

http://mosaicworks.com/gallery/architectural/walls-at-childrens-medical/

http://mosaicartsupply.com/mosaic-artists-gallery/