Cinco de Mayo means the 5th of May in the Spanish language. It is the victory celebration of the Mexican Army, over the French Army, during the battle of Puebla, which occurred on May 5, 1862. While it is technically not a United States holiday, it is celebrated more here in the U.S. than in Mexico. Here are some fun activities for kids to do for Cinco de Mayo.
Read a book- There are several Cinco de Mayo books for kids to read. What Can You Do with a Paleta? Written by Carmen Tafolla is great for kids ages 3-7, Celebrate! It’s Cinco de Mayo, written by Janice Levy is also ideal for kids ages 3-7 and Cinco De Mouse-O! written by Judy Cox is perfect for kids ages 4-7.
Learn Spanish- Kids can learn easy Spanish words like numbers: uno (1), dos (2) and tres (3); colors like rojo (red), verde (green) and blanco (white) and animals such as la vaca (horse), el pato (dog) and el gato (pig).
Play a game- Jumping Beans is a fun game for kids. Jumping Beans is easy to play. Gather the kids in a circle, play some music and have them start jumping around the room. When the music stops, they need to stop jumping. If someone moves after the music has stopped, they are out of the game.
Sing a song– One of the more popular songs for kids to sing on Cinco de Mayo is called Cielito Lindo. The song is commonly played by mariachi bands and the lyrics are easy to learn. Another popular song is called La Cucaracha. It is a Spanish folk song that kids love to sing.
Make salsa– Salsa is a popular Mexican food that goes great with corn chips or tortilla chips. All you need is 2 tomatoes, diced; ½ onion, diced; 2 garlic cloves, minced; 1 tablespoon cilantro; 3 tablespoons lime juice; salt and pepper, to taste. Then, just combine all the ingredients into a bowl, mix well and enjoy!
What do you do with your kiddos for Cinco de Mayo???