Cinco de Mayo 2021 is tomorrow, Wednesday the 5th of May. Houston has a rich Mexican heritage and there is a lot going on to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. There are multiple events and celebrations that families can participate in. And of course, there are the Cinco de Mayo food & drink specials for Houston. However, a lot of times parents want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home and are wondering what activities, food, games are common for celebrating Cinco de Mayo with kids. 

We have rounded up some great, cheap ideas for Cinco de Mayo parties including activities for kids and toddlers, pre-schoolers, older kids. Also read up on the Cinco de Mayo fun facts for kids as well as the easiest and choicest Cinco de Mayo food and snacks that your kids and your entire family will love! 

Cinco de Mayo Fun Facts For Kids

  1. Who celebrates it? Cinco De Mayo is celebrated by people of Mexican heritage in the United States. It’s also celebrated in parts of Mexico, like the state of Puebla. Many non-Mexican people celebrate this day as well. 
  2. The 5th of May is not Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s a day that celebrates when the Mexican won a battle against the French. Mexican Independence Day is celebrated on September 16th.  
  3. Did you know that around 70 million pounds of avocados are consumed during Cinco de may in the United States?

Cinco de Mayo Kids and Toddlers Activities

  1. Make Papel Picado: Papel Picado is a traditional Mexican decoration that is fun and easy to make. All that is required is some colorful paper and scissors. 
  2.  Mexican Hat Dance: The Mexican Hat Dance is a fun activity that kids of all ages can participate in. Dancing around a sombrero is a fun way to mimick the national dance of Mexico while letting your kids get some energy out.
  3. Make Maracas: If you’ve ever heard a mariachi band, you’ve heard maracas! These instruments are easy to make. It’s easy to find plastic maracas that can be unscrewed to put beans inside. That way you can shake them and teach your kids to keep the beat.  

Cinco de Mayo Arts And Crafts For Preschoolers

  1. Ojo de Dios crafts: Ojo de Dios is a fun craft to do with preschoolers. For this age group, it may be easier to draw the ojo de Dios (which means the eyes of God) on a paper than it would be to use yarn and sticks. The typical way of making Ojo de Dios crafts is to get two twigs, glue them together like a cross, and then wrap yarn around them both. However, the craft is easily transferred to paper as well. 
  2. Draw a picture of the Mexican Flag: Since Cinco De Mayo is a celebration of the Mexican winning a battle against the French, what better way to celebrate than having your preschoolers draw the Mexican flag?
  3.  Make a homemade Poncho: Homemade ponchos are quick and easy crafts to do with younger children. You can use an old sheet, a towel, or a bag to easily cut arm and head holes into. 

Cinco de Mayo Trivia Games And Quizzes For Children

  1. Go through the history of Cinco De Mayo: Even most adults think that Cinco De Mayo is celebrating Mexican Independence. Take this holiday to teach the children in your life about why Cinco De Mayo is truly celebrated. 
  2. Give background on the Ojo De Dios Craft: Many times, kids make traditional or holiday themed crafts without understanding what they’re doing. Instead of simply allowing kids to make papel picado or the Ojo De Dios crafts, give them a brief history of what the craft is and why it’s relevant in Mexican culture today. 

Cinco de Mayo Kid Snacks And Food Recipes

1. Make Homemade Sopapillas: Homemade sopapillas are a great Cinco De Mayo snack that you can allow your child to help you make. Let them help you mix the batter for the dough and add in the necessary ingredients that make sopapillas so delicious, like cinnamon, sugar, olive oil and more sugar. 

2. Make Mexican Street Corn: Mexican street corn is an easy and fun thing to make with kids. If you want to make it on the grill, all you need is sour cream, cheese, lime, and chili powder. Letting the kids roll the corn in these ingredients before they’re put on the grill is an accessible way to include your kids in some fun Mexican traditions. 

 

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