In March 2014, Messalonskee Middle School in Maine chose Middleworld for their community read. In cahoots with DDG Books in Farmington, every student was given a copy to read and we kicked off the event with a day of presentations and workshops. The program finished several weeks later with a school-wide Maya Festival and, of course, we had to go back to join in the fun. MMS generously shared many of their teaching materials and their schedule with us. You’ll find links to all you need to hold a Maya Day at your school in the side bar. If you have any more questions please feel free to email us at




In the gym:

The Mesoamerican ballgame “Pitz”.

In the school hallways:

A. Pyramid building.

B. Mural drawing.

C. Maya warrior face painting.

D. Spicy soup challenge.

In the classrooms:

  1. A.Bul: an ancient Maya board game.

  2. B.Maya weaving.

  3. C.Maya math games.

  4. D.Phases of the moon race.

  5. E.Clay Maya glyph necklace craft.

  6. F.Seashell decorating.

  7. G.Popul Vuh puppet show.

  8. H.Jaguar Stone treasure hunt.


  1. A.Maya obstacle course.

  2. B.Cenote excavation (fishing for items in water/gunk filled paddling pools).

A collection of ideas and lesson plans to help put on your own Maya day (pdf files 22.5MB)



PLAY BUL: Recreate the Ancient Maya warrior game of chance. For a simple description of the game and how to play click here, for a more comprehensive view download this pdf here.

WEAVING: Build a simple backstrap loom and weave the way the Maya did. Project instructions here.

PYRAMID: For a video tutorial on how to make the pyramid blocks click here.

If you have any questions, or would like to receive a free copy of our full Lesson Plan CD, please email your name and school address to:

You’ll also  find more free Maya lessons plan on our lesson plan links page.

Playing Pitz, the Mesoamerican ballgame

Drawing murals in the hallways

Pyramid building

Making clay Maya necklaces

Moon phase race

Popul Vuh puppet show

Maya math games

Playing Bul - the ancient Maya board game

Finish line of Jaguar Stones treasure hunt

(with genius idea of colored ping pong balls to represent the stones)

Maya weaving workshop