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Paletero Man Art Invitation

National Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month is a period from September 15 to October 15 in the United States for recognizing the contributions and influence of Hispanic Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

Continuously reading stories that honor cultures establishes an inclusive environment where every child feels seen. The more we learn about all cultures in classrooms or our homes, the more knowledge and understanding we provide for everyone within our communities.

Reading the story Paletero Man by Lucky Diaz and Illustrated by Micah Player celebrates the strength of a community coming together to enjoy ice pops also know as Paletero. With musicality and Spanish words the book spreads the theme of generosity and kindness.

To extend the literacy experience through the arts you can invite a child or the children in your classroom to create their own Paletero. You will need: cardboard paper, craft sticks, glue, liquid water colors, twisty droppers/pipettes, and rock salt or idolized salt. Cut out the shape of a Paletero, place a thick base of glue, and sprinkle thick salt all over. Let it dry. Then invite the child to paint the salt with twisty droppers or pipettes.

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