Wednesday, May 5, as the name suggests, is Cinco de Mayo, a holiday commemorating the Mexican army's victory over the French during the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Â While the holiday is surprisingly not considered a federal holiday in Mexico, it is widely celebrate in the United States, perhaps as a show of support for Mexican culture. Â In this same vein, here are some ideas for Cinco de Mayo activities for kids, designed to engage them and help them to develop an active interest in Mexican history and culture.
Prepare an authentic Mexican meal. Â Cooking with your kids is a wonderful way to peak their interest in new and different items, while providing a built-in math, history and science lesson. Â Ask them to measure simple items, such as the broth or water needed for preparing Mexican rice, to roll out dough for homemade tortillas, or to assist with sorting peppers, onions or other vegetables for a flavorful fajita meal.
Create an artistic replica of the Mexican flag. Â Using whatever craft supplies you have lying around the house - green, white and red paints, beads, cotton balls, etc - create a replica of the Mexican flag, explaining the history behind the colors and design as you go. Â Not only will you have a productive art project on hand, but your child will walk away with a little more knowledge of Mexican trivia.
Decorate a sombrero. Â Head over to your local craft store (try Hobby Lobby or Michaels if you have one) and pick up a plain sombrero, along with some festive fabrics or other supplies to decorate with. Â Your child will love this craft project, and will have a new piece of dress-up clothing for years to come!
What are some ways that your family or school celebrates Cinco de Mayo? How do you ensure that you foster a respect for diversity in your child(ren)?