Day four of Dia de Los Muertos Week and you didn’t think I’d let you go without a new coloring page, right? This one means a lot to me so I left it basic enough so that even little children could color it. I thought sitting with your little ones while coloring would be a really great way to open the somewhat difficult discussion of death. Death and dying is never a fun topic but I truly believe it’s an important one and there’s no better time than Dia de Los Muertos to bring it up!
A few years ago, when my boys were really little, we had a series of deaths in our immediate family and while my husband and I were learning how to work through our sorrow, we were at a complete loss with how to help our boys. We decided to just be honest and explain life and death even though they were really too little to understand. Flash forward four years and we’re still having to talk about the permanence of death and the big emotions that come from understanding that basic part of life.
So, what do we do when we know something is on one of the boys’ minds but they don’t know how to talk about it? We pull out the colors and have a family coloring session! Big topics like loss and grief come so much easier to kids when they maybe don’t have to maintain eye contact or can focus on something else like a coloring page. Of course, all kids are different and this may not work for your family but this coloring page has been really helpful for us. I hope you and your family enjoy it!
Tomorrow is the last day of Dia de Los Muertos Week on my blog (boo!) and we’re going out with a bang! I’ll have one more project for you guys PLUS I’m pairing with Crafty Chica (and some other great bloggers!) to bring you a super awesome blog hop and giveaway so make sure you stop by!