If you are teaching Aztec or Mexican history, you may want to include crafts or artwork to enhance your lesson plans. These art projects and crafts are a great way to further investigate the Aztecs' vivid culture and let your pupils embrace the ideals of another culture first hand.
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Aztec Paper Plate Pottery Craft
Gather paper plates, scrap paper, a pencil, paints and a paintbrush. Paint your paper plate a solid colour. Practice a design on your scrap paper. Keep it simple. The sun is a design very common in Aztec art. Once your plate is dry, paint your design in the middle of the plate
Gather an 18-by-12 inch piece of construction paper, 16 1-by-12-inch pieces of construction paper, scissors, glue, a ruler and a pencil. Lay your paper down so that the longest side is horizontal. Leaving a one-inch margin on each side of the paper, draw horizontal lines across the page that are one inch apart. Then fold your construction paper width-wise. Following the lines you just drew, begin cutting at the fold, making sure to leave the one-inch margins at the end of the paper. You should now have created a loom. Now it is time to use your strips of paper to weave in and out of the slits on your construction paper. When you are finished weaving, you will have a woven placemat that you can laminate using contact paper.
To make this poncho, you need three square feet of a heavy fabric, perhaps cut from an old blanket. You also need scissors and waterproof fabric markers. To begin, fold your blanket in half and cut a neck hole in the shape of a "v" on the folded edge. Use scissors to make fringe by cutting slits on the bottom of the poncho. Finally, use the fabric markers to decorate your new poncho.
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