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Coloring Pages

Drop off completed coloring pages and we will hang them up in the YWCA Hanover.

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Make Your Own Pinata

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  • Bowl
  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt
  • Whisk
  • Balloon
  • Masking tape
  • Empty jar
  • Newspaper, cut into strips
  • Pin (to pop balloon)
  • Mod Podge
  • Double-sided tape
  • Yarn (for hair)
  • Printed picture of someone’s face
  • Utility knife
  • Pinata fillings (such as candy or art supplies)



  1. In a large bowl, add 1 part flour to 1 part water. Add salt to prevent mold. Whisk until smooth.
  2. Inflate a balloon. Tape down knot with masking tape. Rest balloon on empty jar.
  3. Dip strip of newspaper into mixture. Squeeze excess with fingers to minimize dripping. Lay several strips over balloon, and smooth with fingers. Repeat until balloon is covered twice. Let dry completely, then pop balloon with pin.
  4. Cut the face pieces to fit onto the balloon. Apply to balloon and brush with Mod Podge.
  5. Cut out trap door with utility knife. Fill pinata with various treats, such as candy or art supplies.
  6. Seal hole with tape.

Puerto Rican Guiro Craft (the guiro is an instrument)

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If you make any of the crafts, please send in a picture and we will put it on social media.

Materials Needed:

  • Empty water bottle
  • 3-4 acrylic paint colors
  • Paintbrushes
  • Wooden dowel
  • Plastic cups

How to Make a Water Bottle Güiro

Making a water bottle güiro is fairly simple. First, you’ll need to remove the label from your water bottle. Using plastic cups to hold each paint color, paint the water bottle in the colors of your choosing, alternating colors to create a striped design. Be sure to clean your paintbrush before switching from one color to another by dipping the brush into a cup full of water and wiping it on a paper towel.

Once you’re done painting the water bottle and your paint has dried, you may want to give your stripes a second coat of paint. (This is optional.) Allow your water bottle güiro to dry completely, then let your kids play it using the wooden dowel. (A güiro is played by scraping the side with a scraper – called a “pua” – using long and short strokes.) To add to the Latino cultural experience, play some Latin music and have some fun playing your homemade water bottle güiro along to the rhythmic tunes!

Make Your Own Mexican Paper Flowers

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These tissue paper flowers are lovely and exuberant, surprisingly easy to make, and infinitely customizable. I think I was taught how to make them in elementary school, but I had completely forgotten about them until a few years ago when I was getting ready for a party. After a few misfires, I got the hang of it again.

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Jose-Luis Orocozco and kids play ‘Chocolate’

Jose-Luis Orocozco ‘El Baile de las Legumbres’

LatinX Poetry

Like You

By Roque Dalton (1935-1975) Born in 1935 in El Salvador, Roque Dalton was the author of several influential poetry collections, including Taberna y otros lugares. He spent much of his life in exile in Mexico and Cuba and died in 1975.

Translated by Jack Hirschman

Like you I
love love, life, the sweet smell
of things, the sky-blue
landscape of January days.
And my blood boils up
and I laugh through eyes
that have known the buds of tears.
I believe the world is beautiful
and that poetry, like bread, is for everyone.
And that my veins don’t end in me
but in the unanimous blood
of those who struggle for life,
little things,
landscape and bread,
the poetry of everyone.

Como Tú

Yo, como tú,
amo el amor, la vida, el dulce encanto
de las cosas, el paisaje
celeste de los días de enero.
También mi sangre bulle
y río por los ojos
que han conocido el brote de las lágrimas.
Creo que el mundo es bello,
que la poesía es como el pan, de todos.
Y que mis venas no terminan en mí
sino en la sangre unánime
de los que luchan por la vida,
el amor,
las cosas,
el paisaje y el pan,
la poesía de todos.

Unmaking “Hispanic”: Teaching the Creation of Hispanic Identity

“Hispanic” heritage includes a diverse range of cultures, nationalities, histories, and identities.
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