Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexican culture that happens, of course, on the fifth of May. It’s a day of fun, food and friendship. If you’d like to learn more about this special day, “Celebrations in my World: Cinco de Mayo” by Kate Torpie is a great place to start.
This book covers the holiday in detail, from its origins, to how it’s celebrated today, to instructions about how to make tacos and piñatas. The explanations are simple, and the book features lots of pictures. This book would be suitable for anyone six and up, and for an even younger audience with an adult present to explain some of the terminology.
Here are some fun ideas to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at your house:
Make a Piñata
Just like the book suggests, making a piñata is a great way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo! The easiest way to make a piñata is to blow up a balloon, mix flour and water (so it’s about the consistency of white glue), dip strips of newspaper into the flour-and-water mixture and place them on the balloon. You’ll need about three layers of newspaper on the balloon (let each layer dry before adding another one). Pop the balloon inside, cut a little hole in the top, fill it full of goodies and hang up your piñata. Take turns whacking it with a stick to get the goodies out!
Have a Parade
Encourage your kids to get dressed up in colorful clothes and have a parade around your backyard. Give them maracas to keep the beat as they walk.
Listen to Mexican Music
Check your local library or look around on the internet – you’ll have no trouble finding lots of Mexican music for your child to enjoy.
Make a Mexican Feast
Visit your local library and take out a Mexican cookbook. Look through it with your child and choose a few dishes to make. Invite some friends over for a real fiesta!
No matter how you celebrate it, have a happy Cinco de Mayo!