Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican-American holiday celebrated in the United States and parts of Mexico, commemorates the victory of the Mexicans over France at the Battle of Puebla. Teaching preschoolers about this Hispanic celebration can fun as well as educational.
Cinco de Mayo activities can reinforce colors, enhance eye-hand coordination, small motor skills, physical and social development.
Below are a few ideas of activities your Preschool or Family Child Care can use for your own Fiesta:
Colorful Festive Flowers
- Give each child 3-4 large 6 x 6 squares of colorful tissue paper
- Have each child to lay the squares on top of each other
- Show each child how to fold the tissue like a fan-accordion style
- Assist child with wrapping a twist tie or pipe cleaner around the middle of the folded tissue paper squares
- Have child separate the layers of the flowers by pulling layers down, starting with outside layer.
Colorful Coffee Filter Flowers
- Give each child 2-3 coffee filters (round) and washable markers
- Allow children to color the filters with bright color markers
- Let children spray water onto the filters and watch the colors spread throughout the filter.
- Allow filters to dry, then stack the filters on top of each other.
- Fold the filters in half and then fold in half again
- Lay a pipe cleaner near the bottom of the folded filter and wrap filter around the pipe cleaner.
- Let children softly spread the folds of the flowers open.
Mexican Dancing Ribbons
- Use green, red and white tissue paper
- Cut the tissue into 5-12 inch strips.
- Use masking(colored if available)tape to tape the strips together at one end.
Cinco De Mayo Parade
Have children wear red, green or white t-shirts(Mexican Flag Colors) on Friday, May 5, 2017. Each classroom can wear one of these colors, ex 2-year-olds(red), 3-year-old(green), 4 year olds(white).
Use maracas and tamborines from music center for parade.
The parade can be held outside if weather permits.
Lunch and Snack
Serve Tacos or Taco salad with these colorful toppings which represent the colors of the Mexican Flag, tomatoes, lettuce and white/yellow cheese with soft, hard and taco bowls.
Churros can be served for snack
Preschools can make this a day long celebration covering all curriculum areas for the day including language development, music, and movement, art/crafts. There are so many more ideas for this celebration, however, I only included a few in the post.
Have fun while learning!