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Cinco de Mayo for Kids & Teachers

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For Kids

History: This holiday is not only celebrated in Mexico, but grows in participation and enjoyment each year in the United States and around the world, perhaps because it is a celebration of spirit.

Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day, but instead commemorates a Mexican victory in battle against the French.

The Mexican army was outnumbered, ill-equipped, and poorly armed, yet, they won this particular battle against incredible odds. It was a battle won through courage and spirit!

Cinco de Mayo Fun: To join in the fun, decorate (and wear, if possible) red, green, and white (the colors of the Mexican flag), make (or buy) some Mexican food, play festive Mexican music, and have a great time!

For dessert, fill a piņata with candy, and challenged your guests to one swing each, blindfolded, to see who can break open a piņata, for all to enjoy the candy inside.

You can make your own piņata out of a paper bag with painted or glued decorations.

Try this free online game: Spanish Heritage - Piņata Game

For Teachers

Free Presentations in PowerPoint format for Cinco de Mayo

Free Templates in PowerPoint format

Cinco de Mayo Mini-Unit

Cinco de Mayo - A Historical Celebration mini-unit

Cinco de Mayo (volunteer sue)

Make Cinco de Mayo Maracas (art activity)

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Cinco de Mayo links

Free Clip Art