Cinco de Mayo is observed in the United States and Mexico to commemorate an important military victory by Mexican forces, and also to celebrate Mexican heritage and culture. Use this opportunity to expand your child's appreciation of the richness of Mexican culture, from savory soups and snacks to creative crafts!
Cinco de Mayo Crafts
Let your child add her creative touch to Cinco de Mayo celebrations by showing her how to make chili pepper napkin rings.
This green, white and red flag makes a festive addition to any Cinco de Mayo celebration, while developing your child's fine motor skills and ability to work independently.
To pay tribute to the ancient Mexican art of mosaics, your child can craft a colorful mosaic using old magazines, a paper plate and lots of imagination.
A serape is a long, blanket-like shawl worn over the shoulders. With a few simple materials, your child can fashion his very own serape!
These maracas make a racket, and they couldn't be easier to make!
Your child can celebrate Mexican culture by making his very own percussion instrument using simple materials such as paper plates, construction paper and tissue paper.
By using dried beans and corn, foods that are prevalent in Mexican cuisine, your child will create a three-dimensional model of a sombrero.
Frida Kahlo was a famous Mexican painter. In this activity, your child can put pick up a paintbrush and create a self-portrait inspired by this renowned artist.
The Huichol Indians, or Wixaritari, of the remote Sierra Madre Occidental areas in Mexico are famous for their brightly colored and elaborate yarn paintings.This fun and colorful cultural craft will help your child build his fine motor skills and open his eyes to a new world of art making.
Cinco de Mayo Recipes
A great recipe for a Cinco de Mayo party or any fiesta, any time of the year!
Let your child show off his culinary prowess as he whips up this nutritious and delicious salmon recipe!
This popular Mexican dish is perfect for any Cinco de Mayo celebration.
Be adventurous this Cinco de Mayo and give this simple recipe using pickled nopalitos a try!
The next time you are planning a Mexican inspired menu, let your child contribute with a batch of this guacamole!
If your child likes watermelon, then she is sure to love this highly popular agua fresca, or "fresh water" beverage, that is enjoyed by many locals at street stands and restaurants throughout Mexico.
This colorful recipe includes lots of healthy, fresh ingredients, and of course, yummy melted cheese that the kids can grate by hand!
Horchata is a very popular type of agua fresca, or fresh water, that is enjoyed throughout Mexico. Make a batch to go with your Mexican inspired menu this Cinco de Mayo!
This custard style dessert with a caramelized sugar topping is a traditional treat in Mexico. Your child will delight in baking this delicate dish, learning some nifty tricks of the culinary trade!
Cinco de Mayo Activities
If you're throwing a party this Cinco de Mayo, be sure to include the Mexican Hat Dance!
Teaching your child some basic words in Spanish is a breeze at home, with this simple and fun activity that doesn’t require special educational materials.
Your child will have no problem counting from 1 to 10 in Spanish with this easy-to-make picture book that you can create together.
Cinco de Mayo Coloring Pages
Get your child to color the delicious-looking images in this Mexican party in honor of the holiday Cinco de Mayo.
Get your child in the Cinco de Mayo spirit with this beautiful coloring page.
This Mexican musical instrument-filled worksheet will get your child into the Cinco de Mayo spirit!