Monday, May 5, 2014

In this post I am sharing several ideas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, Mexican heritage and history with children of elementary school age (age 6-11).
Cinco De Mayo - Planet Smarty Pants

Cinco de Mayo on Planet Smarty Pants

In early April, we went on a cruise to Mexican Riviera. It was an excellent opportunity for our 7 year old to see our Southern neighbor up close, and she enjoyed the sightseeing, shopping at Mercados set up with the goal to get tourists part with some of their cash, and attending a special performance of folklore dancers and mariachi band. We extended the Mexico theme all the way to May:
Mexico Books for Kids
Building mini adobe mud bricks and comparing which bricks are stronger
Building with Mud - Planet Smarty Pants
Making Mexican food at home – Fiesta Lime Chicken and Mexican Brownies
Mexican Brownies

Ideas from After School Participants

1. Schooling a Monkey also shares books about Mexico, she is focusing specifically on Cinco de Mayo.
Cinco De Mayo from Schooling a Monkey
2. JDaniel4’s Mom has a fun Taco game that has a little bit of math built into it.
3. The Educators’ Spin On It made Mexican fish emplanadas on their journey around the world in 12 Dishes.
Mexican Empanadas from The Educators' Spin On It

More Mexico For Kids?

Visit my Mexico for Kids Pinterest board!

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Backyard Barbecue Blog Hop 2014
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Ticia said...

I'd heard somewhere that Cinco de Mayo is not as celebrated in Mexico as it is in USA, don't know if that's true, but it stuck in my head once I read it.
Supposedly their big date is September 16 (I'd spell it in Spanish, but I'm sure I'd spell it wrong), that's much closer to their version of 4th of July.
Now, that's got me thinking, do other countries have these parallels...

On the actual subject of your post, I love learning about Mexico, it's so much fun and has quite a large culture to learn about. But, I guess all countries do.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

So many great ideas! Emma's school had a big Cinco de Mayo event, where she enjoyed performing some ballet folklorico she has been learning for months. The principal even sang with the mariachi band!

KiddyCharts said...

Thanks for linking this up to PPIP too :-) Love these ideas as well, particularly the Taco game!

Jill R. said...

Fish Empanadas? Yum!

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