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Portrait project! ¡Proyecto de retrato!


  • printed activity sheets
  • crayons or colored pencile


Let’s do a self-portrait! El Día del Niño (Children’s Day) is all about celebrating children. Think about all your unique, special qualities with this self-portrait activity.

Weekend Project: Here are some more ideas for celebrating El Día del Niño over the weekend:

  1. Do karaoke or have a dance party! In Mexico, they always have big concerts and festivals.
  2. Make a DIY piñata at home with paper mache or a cardboard box.
  3. Make a traditional treat like pan dulce (sweet bread) or arroz con leche (rice pudding).

Included in this lesson:
Self-portrait activity sheet


To help your little ones with the transition back to the school year, have them do a few activities from the Canticos Learning Hub at their desk or at a dining room table to practice doing focused, intentional academic work.


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