Cinco de Mayo Fun

Celebrate Cinco with a few awesome crafts

Cinco De Mayo is Spanish for the 5th of May, a day celebrating Mexican heritage. Cinco de Mayo marks the date of an important victory of Mexico over the French army in 1861. Although the victory was short-lived, the story of the vastly outnumbered Mexicans overcoming the odds to beat a much better equipped army was an inspiration to the country, who went on to expel the French three years later. Today, Cinco de Mayo has grown to such proportions in the U.S. that the celebrations north of the border are more widespread than those in Mexico, no doubt due to the great number of Mexican ex-pats who now make their home in the U.S.

We think May 5th is the perfect day to introduce your children to the Mexican culture with a Cinco de Mayo themed evening in your own home. Served up tacos, guacamole, quesadillas, and pick up a bottle of margarita mix to blend with some ice.

Here are some more ideas to bring a fiesta feel to your family dinner.

Whack a piñata

Pick up a piñata from your local supermarket and fill it with treats and toys from the dollar store.

Dress Yourselves Up:

Have the boys wrap a colorful blanket or beach towel around their shoulders and wear over sized sunhat as a sombrero. Girls can put on a colorful dress or skirt, and drape a wide scarf over their shoulders as a shawl and put a flower in their hair.

And Dress Up the House:

Festive banner

Decorate your home with Mexican themed items based on the colors of the Mexican flag. A paper banner made with paper cut-outs in red, green and white is a simple craft that is fun to make with kids.

Craft Supplies:

  • Red paper
  • Green paper
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • String
  • Tape

How to Make It:

Fold and cut each piece of paper into two triangles of about 4 x 8”. Alternating between red, green and white, tape the flat end of triangle piece to the string to create a banner you can hang in your dining room.

Create a Cactus Centerpiece

Craft Supplies:

  • Two cucumbers
  • Toothpicks
  • Bowl or planter
  • Sand

How to Make It:

Break toothpicks into 1 ½ to 2” pieces and push into cucumbers to make cactus spikes. Fill the bowl or planter with sand and place in the center of your table. Cut one cucumber about 2/3 of the way down so that you have two pieces of different lengths. Place the uncut cucumber and the two cucumber pieces upright in the sand in the bowl, with the cut sides down.

Sombrero Place Cards

Craft Supplies:

  • Paper plates
  • Paper cups
  • Ribbon
  • Pompoms
  • Markers
  • Hot glue gun

How to Make It:

Using one paper cup and plate for each guest, paint cups and plates yellow or orange. Hot glue a piece of ribbon around the top of a paper cup. Invert cup onto paper plate and glue in place in the the middle of the plate.  Glue pompoms around the edge of the plate and with a marker write each guest’s name on a plate and set it at their place around the table.

Mosaic Placemat

Craft Supplies:

  • Black or brown construction paper
  • Brightly colored construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick

How to Make It:

Pressing lightly with a pencil, draw a simple pattern on a piece of brown or black construction paper. We went with a chili pepper, but you could draw a cactus or a sombrero, or whatever you like, as long as it’s not too detailed. Cut brightly colored construction into strips about ¼” wide and then cut strips into squares ¼” x ¼”. Using glue, stick squares to your paper, following the pattern.

You can create the same placemat for each guest or do different patterns for everyone.


About The Author

Mandy Webster
Mandy Webster is a writer at Ganz and the author of the middle grade Young Marian series, including A Viper in the Forest and Echoes in the Cavern. She’s also an artist and graphic designer whose work has been featured in InStyle, Redbook and Style at Home. A mother of three, Mandy has worked as an advertising copywriter as well as contributing to publications such as Playback, Strategy and Canada On Location.

8 Responses to Cinco de Mayo Fun

  1. barbie0103 says:

    I am in Panama. We have a lot of Mexican people here, so we celebrate with them. Cinco de Mayo is a great celebration for everyone. Let’s have some fun

    • woofgal says:

      hey i´m from mexico cinco de mayo is very speical and i can´t wait to celibrate with my family

  2. mihai says:

    wow, it’s very cool

  3. Lissa says:

    Might try these c:

  4. poodlydoodles says:

    I feel like we’ve already got so many dates to celebrate, I’m dialing it back. Since our family doesn’t have anyone of Spanish descent, this is one we’re just choosing to not celebrate. It’s right on top of Mother’s Day, my Mom’s birthday, and the Spring Cleaning time. This one’s just not happening.

  5. robotkoala says:

    Although my family does not celebrate this holiday, these activities sound interesting. I think we will try it next year.

  6. icedragonlee says: