5 Free Printables to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With Your Kids

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Are you looking for a fun Cinco de Mayo activity for your child this year? If so, these free Cinco de Mayo activities are the perfect no-prep activity for your preschooler or kindergartener to learn more about Cinco de Mayo and Mexico’s rich history and culture.

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A brief history of Cinco de Mayo for kids

free cinco de mayo activities for kids

Cinco de mayo is a celebration that honors the Mexican’s victory over the French on May 5, 1862 in the Battle of Puebla.It was a surprise victory for Mexico, since their army was much smaller and less equipped to win the battle. It’s often compared to the story of David and Goliath.

Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday, but a lot of people celebrate it because of its connection to the American-Mexican culture. It always falls on the 5th of May. It’s turned into an annual celebration of appreciating Mexican heritage, history, and culture. These celebrations often consist of parades and festivals full of traditional Mexican music, dancing, and food.  

What to do with kids on Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo is coming up, which can make a lot of parents wonder what they should do with their kids. Here are a few ideas.

1. Enjoy a savory Mexican meal together. It’s great that we have such a fantastic local Mexican restaurant nearby. If you haven’t already tried chicken chimichangas, today’s the day!

2. Listen to Mexican music. Some of my favorite Mexican singers are Alejandro Fernandez, his father, the late Vicente Fernandez, Carlos Rivera, Lucero, and Yuridia.If you’re a Spotify user, you can find easy-to-access mixes for any occasion. There are tons of great Cinco de Mayo playlists. Get ready for a fun dance party!

3. Download these free Cinco de Mayo printables. These are the perfect printables to introduce and discuss Cinco de Mayo with your kids.

How to prep and use the Cinco de Mayo activities

These low-prep printables are a hands-on fun and engaging way for preschoolers, kindergarteners, and first graders.

Your child will work on their counting and number recognition skills, as well as how to describe pictures. Since the theme is Cinco de Mayo, all the pictures are related to Mexican culture.

Activities included in this packet:

Cinco de Mayo roll-&-find game

The player going first will roll the die. Then they’ll count or identify the number on the die and find an image with that number. Use something to cover the number/image on the gameboard. You’ll take turns rolling the die until all the numbers/images have been identified and covered.

Tips to make the game more enriching

  • When your child covers up and image, ask them to describe the picture and ask them questions like, “What is that a picture of?” “Do you like pinatas? Why or Why not?,” “What do you think the pinatas in Mexico are filled with?” (FYI – the answer to that last one is candies, fruits, and small toys). The goal is to get your child talking, describing, and thinking about the images. This helps your child to develop and reinforce their vocabulary, speaking, and picture recognition skills.
  1. Watch a kid-friendly video about cinco de mayo or search for some fun facts online. As you play the game, ask your child if they can recall a fun fact about an image in particular. If your child covers up the avocado, ask them if they know or remember anything about avocados. It can be as practical as, “What color are avocados?” Then you can share the fact that around 70 million pounds of avocados are eaten on Cinco de Mayo in the US (woah)!
  1. Work on your child’s listening comprehension skills. Instead of using a die, call out a number and/or image (or both) and have your child identify it on the gameboard. You can speak slowly at first, and then speed up your delivery to make it more challenging. You could even call out the numbers/images in goofy voices and at different volume levels to add some more silliness and playfulness to the game.

Cinco de Mayo count & color activity

This activity really helps to strengthen your child’s number sense by showing them multiple ways to represent a number. First they must count before they color, really getting them to think! This activity covers numbers 1-6.

Cinco de Mayo memory matching game

An oldie, but goodie! Let’s work your child’s brain muscles and help them develop and improve their concentration, focus, and attention to detail with a memory game! There’s a black and white version and one in color.

You can play this game the traditional way, or if your toddler needs a simplified version you can make their own matching game.

Print out a copy of the memory game printable on cardstock paper, place it in a sheet protector or laminate it for durability. This is your “game board.” Then print a second sheet and cut out the pictures. After that, have your child match the cut out pictures to the pictures on the gameboard.

To have your child work on reading and vocabulary, use the same game board as above, but instead of matching picture to picture, cut out the supplemental printable that lists the vocabulary words for each image.

For this version, your child will match the vocabulary cards the images “game board.” You can even play the traditional memory game by matching up the images to their words. So many different ways to play, you choose what’s best for you and your child!

Cinco de Mayo color by number printables

The Color by Number printable is a great choice for your preschooler to get some number sense practice by recognizing numbers 1-3. It also makes for a relaxing and stress-free coloring experience for kids 5+.

Cinco de Mayo Q-tip painting art activity

For this activity, your child use a Q-tip to “dab” each circle with paint. This fun and creative activity helps to strengthen your child’s fine motor skills and explore color in a fun and engaging way!

Recommended Supplies for Our Printables:

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Free Cinco de Mayo printable PDF

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All activities to be done with adult supervision.

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