Maya Arts and Craft

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To explore how the Maya expressed their culture through the arts.

Slideshow to accompany lesson plan.


Rather than generating a specific lesson we have suggested a range of activities that could take place at any point in the topic. They could act as stand alone lessons or could be combined to create a carousel lesson displaying a range of Maya art.

Skills activities:

  • Identify features of various resources- looking for identifiable links to Maya culture e.g. students could spot the use of language or other artistic patterns
  • Show images of Maya art and include a text explanation on the reverse
  • Order sources into chronological order- Preclassic, Classic, Postclassic

Activity suggestions – instructions for many of these can be found under the children’s section of the website

1) Canvas painting e.g. once students have identified their own nawales/nahuales or the symbols for their birthday (see religion lesson plan)

2) Design nawales (spirit animal companion)

3) Design a huipil

4) Write a song/poem

5) Build a temple e.g. design a net and build a cardboard temple or use sugar cubes to measure area

6) Conduct a Maya ceremony- use as an opportunity to study a Maya language or the symbolism of the nawales

7) Make a headdress

8) Make your own Maya chatterbox

9) Design a boardgame such as snakes and ladders

10) Make your own worry doll

11) Design a Maya mask

12) Plan the holiday of a lifetime in the countries where the Maya people lived

13) Maya Museum Leaflet


Ipad projects donated by Ellie Payne, Lomeshaye Junior School


Curriculum Links

  • Art
  • DT
  • History
  • Music
  • Language
  • Maths


  • Pupil chosen activities – support where appropriate with choices of materials and skills



5 Responses to "Maya Arts and Craft"
  1. Toby says:

    You are eut

    • Toby says:

      What is the oldest artefact you have found

      • ra says:

        Nice post over craft specially according to lesson plan.
        thanks for writing such a good article.

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