Cinco de Mayo Activities

The Cinco de Mayo seasonal pages will provide you with great resources to celebrate this Mexican holiday. Ideas within this section include resources such as crafts, mini units, and lesson plans.

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Cinco de Mayo Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for "Fifth of May") is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the unlikely victory of the Mexican Army over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

Cinco De Mayo takes place on the 5th of May.

Check our May Events Calendar for more important dates

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More Lesson Plans! Also see our May Lesson Plans, Thematic Units and Activities

A Close Look at Mexico Grades Primary
This unit covers various subject areas and will introduce your students to the country of Mexico.

Cinco de Mayo for Teachers
Find lesson plans, activities and thematic units here.

Discovering Mexico Grades K-12
Brought to you by National Geographic. In Your Classroom presents several geographic ideas, accompanied by questions, activities, and supporting references. Every screen can be printed to use in a classroom or at home.

Families Grades Primary
This lesson does not focus on Cinco de Mayo, but it does help students understand that family structure, ideals, and traditions vary according to culture.

Find the Fiesta
A fun maze to print and copy for students.

Food, Fun and Festivities for Cinco de Mayo Grades Various
Resources from the School Nutrition Association.
Lesson Overview - This is a sample lesson plan on how to bring Cinco De Mayo to life for your students.
Wrap Activity - A tasty hands-on activities fun for students.
Traditional Mexican Foods - Learn about food essentials.

How to make a Star Pinata Grades Various
Step-by-step directions to help your create your own pinata.

Mexican Independence Day Grades 3-5
Students will learn about this important day. They will also learn that many cultures have special holidays.

Paper Bag or Fabric Poncho Grades K-6
For Cinco de Mayo on May 5th (or any day of the year), have yourself a special day complete with Mexican food and Mexican clothes like brightly colored ponchos. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican national holiday.

Mini Unit Grades 3-4
Here is a great resource for learning more about the holiday.

Welcome: Mexico for Kids
Information about Mexico for the holiday, Cinco de Mayo.

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