I’ll take any opportunity to teach my kids about other countries and cultures. This huge list of Cinco de Mayo Activities for Kids is a fun way to practice our math, reading, writing and more, while also learning about the beautiful country of Mexico! I even got these fun Cinco de Mayo Sparkly Tattoos as rewards for good behavior this week (we use these Printable Chore Cards, in case you need a chore system! It has been life changing for our house!).
In this Cinco de Mayo Lesson Plan, we will learn about sustainable agriculture and build a drip irrigation system as our STEM project. We will also do loads of fun Cinco de Mayo and Mexico themed worksheets to work on our reading, writing and math. For our arts and crafts project, we will make super easy DIY pinatas and create a “Build a Taco” game. There are LOADS of mouth-watering recipes, because who does not love a good taco with guacamole?! If you love tacos (and dragons), then you also need to checkout our Dragons Love Tacos Worksheets & Activities. But, before we begin, join our Facebook Group and “like” our Facebook Page, so you won’t miss out on any of our educational fun!
🧪 Mexico STEM Activities – Sustainable Agriculture & Drip Irrigation
- Use these Cinco de Mayo STEAM task cards to have fun while learning!
- Learn about sustainable agriculture in Tapachula, Mexico, which is used to make a chocolate bar, in the video below.
If you become super motivated, you can even build an entire sustainable agriculture model. How cool is that!
🥣 Cinco de Mayo Recipes
Want an awesome Mexican cookbook? The kind that actually teaches you how to make delicious, authentic Mexican food (like a grandma in Mexico would cook?). Then, you need Pati’s Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking, which you can read for free on Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited. (And the best kept secret is that you do not even need a Kindle to read it for free!) I am craving Mexican food so hard right now, especially while writing this lesson plan! Here are some other fantastic Mexican recipes to make a real fiesta in your home!
- Authentic Mexican Horchata Recipe
- Mexican Black Bean Recipe
- Restaurant Style Mexican Rice Recipe (SO good!!!)
- Chiles Rellenos Recipe
- Chicken Enchiladas Recipe
- Beef Taco Recipe
- Vegetarian? Checkout this “Fauxrizo” Taco Filling Recipe
- Baked Caramel Custard Mexican Flan Recipe
- Churros Recipe
📚 Cinco de Mayo Reading Worksheets
Take your pick from these free, printable Cinco de Mayo worksheets and reading materials!
- Kindergarten – 2nd Grades:
- 3rd – 5th Grades:
To learn even more about Cinco de Mayo, here is a kids video with fun facts about the Mexican national holiday!
Another kids video, is the following Sesame Street segment on Cinco de Mayo.
✏ Cinco de Mayo Free Writing Worksheets & Writing Prompts
Below are some fantastic Cinco de Mayo activities for kids to practice their writing skills.
- Kindergarten – 2nd Grade:
- Use this free, printable template to make your own “Let’s Taco Bout How Awesome You Are” card. Have your child write a sentence on the taco “fillings” complimenting the recipient of the card. Then put it together like this.
- Complete these Cinco de Mayo word searches!
- This is a really cute writing activity that teaches new Cinco de Mayo vocabulary words and then encourages your child to write a story using “spicy words” to make it more exciting!
- Play this Cinco de Mayo Bingo-Style Word Game.
- Want to do some creative writing? Use this free Cinco de Mayo lined writing paper!
- 3rd – 5th Grade:
- Cinco de Mayo celebrates the victory of the Mexican Army over the French in a battle at Puebla. Research this battle, Mexican culture and the country of Mexico in general. Pick five interesting facts that you learn to write a summary of you mini-research project.
- Use these Cinco de Mayo writing prompt cards to practice your writing.
🧮 Cinco de Mayo Math Worksheets
- Kindergarten – 2nd Grades:
- I love a good Dice Game, which is why I did an entire Dice Lesson Plan! Practice your addition facts with these free, printable Cinco De Mayo addition mats. Have your child roll two dice, add the two numbers together and then use a small object (like a pom pom, or a bead, or even a mini marshmallow) to cover the answer they get.
- Here is another Cinco de Mayo roll, add and color math game to practice addition!
- Learn your numbers in Spanish with this coloring squares worksheet.
- 3rd – 5th Grades:
🖌 DIY Cinco de Mayo Crafts
I love these DIY Mexican-Inspired arts and crafts projects!
- Remember all of those leftover, plastic, eggs from our Easter / Spring Lesson Plan? Well, you can recycle them into these cute DIY Easter Egg Maracas!
- Preschool friends, make your own DIY “Build a Taco” game that is perfect for Cinco de Mayo!
- Make a sombrero hat out of a paper plate, a plastic cup, pom poms and some string! These are so fun for kids who like to dress up or to decorate your table for your dinner fiesta!
- Make this super easy, DIY pinata. You can even use the same idea to recycle one of the Amazon boxes in your home… not that any of us have extra Amazon boxes laying around or anything…
Mexican Hat Dance for Kids
Follow along as you learn The Mexcian Hat Dance!
Or how about this dance and song for children? So much fun!
Mexican Songs for Kids
Listen to this kids song for Cinco de Mayo!
Here is another song called “La Cucaracha” (The Dancing Cockroach).
And the most fun part… share a photo or video of your Cinco de Mayo activities for kids on Facebook! Make sure to include a link to this website or to our Facebook Group and Facebook Page, so that we can see it too! I’ve purposefully added a lot of options for parents who need to keep their kiddos occupied for more time and to allow you to cater to your children’s preferences.