9 Ways to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Your Kids


1. Pick up some festive books! Here are some of our favorites:

  • Dragons Love Tacos
  • Chicks and Salsa
  • Cinco de Mouse-o!
  • El Perro con Sombrero
  • Mango, Abuela, and Me 

2. Create flashcards 

Write up interesting facts about Hispanic culture to show your child. This will help them understand how the holiday started, and why it's celebrated.

3. Teach your child some simple Spanish words and phrases:

  • Hello = Hola
  • Goodbye = Adios
  • Please = Por favor
  • Thank you = Gracias
  • You’re welcome = De nada
  • How are you? = ¿Cómo estás?
  • Good = Bien
  • Yes = Si
  • No = No

4. Put on a Cinco de Mayo playlist

Give your child some maracas, turn on Pandora’s Cinco de Mayo radio, and let them dance to some festive tunes!

5. Make a Mexican spread for dinner 

Search Pinterest for a great kid-friendly Chicken Paella recipe to get you started. Don’t forget the tortilla chips and salsa!

6. Make Paletas for dessert 

They’re super simple and delicious. These are another great Pinterest find! 

7. Fill a piñata with healthy snacks

Grab a donkey piñata and pack it full of healthy treats. Then let your child take a whack at it! You can find the traditional rainbow donkey piñata at your local Party City. 

8. Make your own Mexican salsa

Let your child accompany you to the grocery store to pick out the ingredients. You can also bottle up any extra and save it for a snack later! Just be sure to keep it refrigerated. 

9. Create your own cactus art 

Put out some construction paper, watercolor or acrylic paints and let your child draw their own cactus. Then, show them how to use tooth picks to dip into the paint and draw the small prickles on their cactus creation.

Cinco de Mayo is a great opportunity to introduce your child to another culture and give them the opportunity to be creative!

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