In South America, artist paint colorful images on the bark of the amate or fig trees. As a decoration for an upcoming Fiesta dance, 2nd grade students created their own amate. The Fiesta decorations are a project each year for my students but I don't want to be caught up in just decorating for the dance. I always try to bring in a historical or cultural connection for the projects. In the past, students have created colorful fans, papel picado and pinatas. For this work, students observed several examples of native Amata prior to designing their own. A crumpled and smoothed paper bag was used to resemble the amate paper.