30+ Cinco de Mayo Activities, Worksheets, & Recipes for Kids

30 Cinco de Mayo Activities, Worksheets, & Recipes for Kids

Countdown to Cinco de Mayo! If you’re a Spanish teacher, a private tutor, or a parent teaching Spanish to your child, this is a great time of the year to focus on Mexico’s rich history. Whether you’re looking for printables, games, Cinco de Mayo vocabulary, or traditional recipes to try, we’ve rounded up the best of the best to explore with your kids!

But First, Why Do We Celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that is celebrated in both the U.S. and Mexico. This day, the 5th of May, commemorates the battle between Mexican and French soldiers in 1862. France wanted to conquer Mexico during the Franco-Mexican war, and both armies fought in a battle in Puebla, a city in Mexico.

Though the Mexican militia were outnumbered, they managed to defeat the French army. Today, many people, especially Mexican Americans, celebrate Cinco de Mayo to recognize this victory. Although there’s some debate about the “Americanization” of the holiday, it’s still an important event to recognize in Mexico’s history.

As part of the celebrations, it’s common to see street festivals or parades for the holiday. You may see women and men wearing traditional Mexican dress; men may wear trousers, a shirt, and a sombrero (hat). Women may wear colorful puebla dresses or pico skirts. Puebla dresses are full-length dresses that are decorated with flowers or traditional Mexican symbols. Pico skirts are long flowing skirts that are made of a light fabric.

Participants also engage in plenty of dancing and eating. Common foods during this celebration include tamales, enchiladas, and mole. Sometimes, parades include a reenactment of the battle in Puebla.

Cinco de Mayo Activities

Now, let’s get to the activities! Jump ahead to specific categories, or explore everything we’ve rounded up.

Cinco de Mayo Vocabulary

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Cinco de Mayo Activities

Free Printables, Word Searches, & Worksheets

Cinco de Mayo Crafts

Kid-Friendly Cinco de Mayo Recipes

Did we miss a good resource? What Cinco de Mayo activities have you used with your kids? Leave a comment below and let us know! And for even more fun, check out our live, online Spanish class for kids — view the schedule and register your child here.

Breeana D.Post Contributor: Breeana D.
Breeana D. teaches Spanish lessons in Abington, PA. Specializing in Early Childhood, Elementary, and Special Education, she is currently enrolled in Temple University’s Elementary Education program. Learn more about Breeana here!

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  1. Karina Benavides
    Karina Benavides says:

    TAMALE is not a word in Spanish. The correct Spanish word is TAMAL (singular) and TAMALES (plural).

    It is really disappointing to see such a lack of knowledge (or at least research) on a site that is supposed to be teaching Spanish.

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