Cinco de Mayo – Fun Activities for Preschools

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.

**If your center or Family Child Care home services  Hispanic families, please utilize their expertise for this celebration.

Have fun while learning!


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  1. I love these ideas to get the little ones involved on celebrating the holiday at a young age. The coffee filter flowers have to be my favorite idea!

  2. I have a 2 and a 4 year old and this Friday I’m going to have my nieces and nephews so I think the Cinco De Mayo parade will be a hit.

    • Thanks, Mimi, please share with daycare as they are easy for teachers and preschoolers. You might even consider donating some of the items like coffee filters or tissue paper.

  3. These are such cute ideas for a celebration! I know my sons would love a living room parade with tacos for dinner. So many think the day is just about drinking margaritas!

  4. Aww these are great Cinco de Mayo activities for little ones! I homeschool my kids and I don’t have anything planned for May 5th yet. I couldn’t think of anything to do. Glad I read your post because this will be helpful!

  5. My daughter actually made a coffee filter flower at school this week. LOL. Love the ideas. We do lots of projects like these weekly. I have not introduced the idea of Cinco De Mayo to her but she does goes to a Spanish Immersion preschool.

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