HUGE Round Up of Resources for Cinco de Mayo for Kids

Cinco de Mayo is one of those holidays that, besides having some fun celebration ideas, is also a great learning time. The holiday- Cinco de Mayo, or the 5th of May- was established to celebrate Mexico’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War in 1862. It’s a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. In the US, people use it to celebrate Mexican customs and culture.

If you’re looking for a way to incorporate some learning activities with the celebration of a fun May holiday, I’ve rounded up a large collection of Cinco de Mayo resources here. You’ll find books, websites, learning activities, printables, crafts, recipes, and more. Click on some of the links and learn about Mexico as you celebrate Cinco de Mayo in your homeschool.

Cinco de Mayo resources for kids
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Websites and Videos

This video from the History Channel tells about the celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Watch.Know>learn has some great videos about the history of and celebration of Cinco de Mayo.

Social Studies for Kids has a simple explanation of the holiday.

You can read “How Cinco de Mayo Works” on How Stuff Works. And they’ve got links to relevant How Stuff Works podcast episodes too.

TIME Magazine has a slideshow with a history of Cinco de Mayo.

The Smithsonian has an article about foods to try for Cinco de Mayo.

This video from ABCNews gives a brief overview of the holiday.

My has a list of Cinco de Mayo vocabulary words and some interactive games and puzzles to play with them.


Print a free Cinco de Mayo writing pack with graphic organizers and themed writing paper here.
Find a free Mexican flag printable to color here.

Teacher’s Book Bag has a great printable activity book that celebrates Mexican culture and tells a little of the history behind Cinco de Mayo. (This one isn’t free.)

Blessed Beyond a doubt has a free Cinco de Mayo-themed printable pack for preschoolers.
The free printable Cinco de Mayo word search has words that will help kids learn about the history of the holiday.
Print a cute and simple Cinco de Mayo color by number page here.

ABCTeach has several free Cinco de Mayo printables. (There are some others that only be accessed with the paid membership.)

Cinco de Mayo resources for kids

Fun and Learning Activities

Make a simple sombrero with this craft from Mommyapolis. has a great collection of Cinco de Mayo activities.

Let the kids help with cooking Mexican brownies from this recipe.
These felt tacos from PreK Pages would be a fun activity for little people.
And you can also make tacos with this fun Taco Spinner Game from JDaniel4’s Mom. It includes a free printable to help.
Use your left-over Easter eggs to make maracas with these instructions at Made Everyday.
The Pinata Suncatchers at Inner Child Fun are cute and look simple to make.
These sugar cookie pinatas are super cute!
Make some fun playdough for Cinco de Mayo with the recipe here. There’s also a free playdough mat printable.

How are you going to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in your homeschool?

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