Preschool Cinco de Mayo Theme

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In The Kitchen

Sombrero Cookies

Take a flat round sugar cookie and add a gum drop on top. Use frosting for the "glue."

~Submitted by Mrs. Tricia

Polvorones (Mexican sugar cookies)

2 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup butter or margarine

Preheat oven to 300 F. In a bowl, stir together flour, sugar and cinnamon. Cream butter with a beater. Add flour mixture 1/2 cup at a time to the butter while still beating until it is all incorporated. Use a teaspoon to spoon out small pieces of dough and shape into a cookie. Place on ungreased cookie sheets and bake 25 minutes. Optional: sprinkle warm cookies with sugar and cinnamon. Makes 24 cookies

Taco Soup

11/2 lb ground beef
1 28 oz can tomatoes
2 15 oz tomato sauce
1 cup water
1 can pinto beans
1 14-16 oz cn corn, drained
1 envelope taco seasoning mix
Tortilla chips broken-up into small pieces

Shredded cheese, chopped tomato, chopped olives, green pepper, shredded lettuce

Brown beef, drain. Puree tomatoes in their liquid; add to pan with tomato sauce water, beans, corn & mix. Bring to a boil then let it simmer for 10 minutes. Top with chips and other desired toppings.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make Chocolate - (which originated in Mexico)

Gather 1oz Mexican chocolate, one cup milk. Pour the chocolate into the bowl with milk and allow each child to beat with an egg beater until frothy. If you can not find mexican chocolate then just get regular chocolate and add a dash of cinnamon.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mexican Punch

12oz can of frozen o.j. (thawed)
48oz can of cranberry juice cocktail
2 liters of lemon-lime soda
24oz water

Mix well.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make Guacamole

Let the children help make guacamole to eat with taco chips. Peel a large ripe avacado & remove the pit. Mash the avacado with a fork in a bowl. Pass this bowl around to the children to help mash the avacado. Add 1/2 cup chopped tomato, 1/2 tsp. minced onion & 1 T. fresh lemon juice. Stir well, then eat. (Save the avacado pit to plant. Place the pit with the fat side down & the pointed side up. Now insert 3 toothpicks horizontally into the side of the pit. Then balance the toothpicks on the rim of a glass jar filled with water so that the rounded end of the pit is covered. After 4 to 6 wks., watch for roots to begin to form.)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Make Cheese Nachos

Turn snack time into a fiesta time by using brightly colored construction paper for placemats & arranging paper tissue flowers in the center of the table.Let the children help make cheese nachos by sprinkling grated cheese on top of tortilla chips.Then bake at 350 until the cheese has melted.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mexican Tortillas

Made with either corn flour or wheat flour, these flat rounds are a staple of the Mexican diet. Tasty right off the griddle tortillas also provide a base for meat and cheese fillings.

2 cups masa harina corn flour, available in ethnic food sections of supermarkets)
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups warm water

Combine masa harina and salt in a large bowl. Gradually add water and mix with your hands until mixture forms soft dough. Form dough into 15 equal balls. each about the size of a golf ball. Using a tortilla press or a rolling pin, flatten each ball into a thin 6-inch circle. Cover tortillas with a moistened towel until ready to cook. Fry tortillas in a dry pan over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, turning once. Serve warm. Makes 15 tortillas.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Bread Pudding (Mexican Capirotada)


6 to 10 slices of dried bread or 6 flour tortillas
2 cups brown sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
2 cups grated cheese
1 cup raisins
1/2 cup pinons (pine nuts) or chopped pecans
2 cups water
6 T. butter, oleo, or oil

Mix sugar, cinnamon and water. Spread 1/6 mixture of cheese, raisins, butter, and nuts on tortillas. Stack and repeat until all ingredients are used. Pour syrup (sugar, cinnamon and water mixture) over the entire dish. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes at 350'. Serve warm.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Mexican Cascarones

Raw eggs
Egg dye colors
Hot water
Distilled white vinegar
Small bowls or cups
Empty egg cartons
Colored tissue paper
Candy and confetti
Clear paper glue

Poke a hole in the narrow end of each raw egg with the point of the scissors. Starting at the hole, cut off 1/6 of each egg. Pour out the yolk and white, rinse and let dry. Prepare several colors of egg dye in a small bowls according to instructions on the egg dye package. Dye eggs in assorted colors. Lift eggs out with spoon and let dry. Meanwhile, cut squares of tissue paper, large enough to cover the hole and strips of colored tissue long enough to wrap around eggs. When dry, fill each eggshell with trinkets, candy and confetti. Glue the square piece of tissue over the hole and decorate as desired with remaining tissue pieces.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Theme Ideas

Circle Time Discussions

Where is Mexico? Show on a map or globe. Is Mexico close or far from you? How would you travel to get to Mexico?

Explore pictures of Mexican towns, homes, and people.

Compare the US flag and Mexican flag. How are they the same? Different?

The colors of the Mexican flag are red, white, and green.

Cinco de Mayo means the fifth of May. Festivities such as parties and parades are held on this day to remember the bravery and patriotism Mexican soldiers shown many years ago when demonstrating their desire to be free from Spanish rule.

~Submitted by Mrs. Tricia

Music and Movement

Diez Amigos (tune: 1 little, 2 little)
Uno, dos, trece amigos.
Quatro, cinco, seis amigos,
Seite, ocho, nueve amigos,
Diez amigos.

~Submitted by Mrs. Tricia

Creative Expressions - Individual Pinatas

Stuff a lunch paper bag with paper (and treats if you desire). Have the children glue tissue and crepe paper on it and then use construction paper to make anything extra on the bag. i.e. a beak and some tail feathers for a bird; You can use cut down toilet paper rolls to make the legs of any animal and then use construction paper to add other features. Attach streamers from the underside and a string or ribbon for hanging o the upper side.

~Submitted by Mrs. Tricia


Place an avocado pit on flat side and insert toothpicks horizontally so the pit can balance on a glass jar rim with rounded side in the water. Refill water as needed. In three to four weeks, roots will begin to form.

~Submitted by Mrs. Tricia


Count the number of hits it takes to break a pi˝ata.

~Submitted by Mrs. Tricia

Literacy/Language Development

Refresh all your environment print to reflect the English word as well as Spanish word. Have each child locate an environmental print sign and stand next to it. Walk around the room and read each sign to the children. Point out the letters. Do the English and Spanish words look similar? Where is Mexico? Bring out a globe and show the children where you live and where Mexico is. Discuss how long it might take to get there by car and then by plane.

~Submitted by Mrs. Tricia

Mexican Scenes

Gather several pictures of scenes in Mexico. You may get these from the Mexican Department of Tourism or from the library. Have the children look at the pictures to decribe what they see. Then ask them to tell you what might be happening in each picture.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Counting in Spanish

Talk with the children about Spanish, explaining that it is the language spoken in Mexico. Have children try to count in Spanish with your help. You may wish to make a chart.

1. uno (oo-no)
2. dos (doss)
3. tres (trace)
4. cuatro (kwah-tro)
5. cinco (seen-ko)
6. seis (say-ees)
7. siete (see-ay-tay)
8. ocho (oh-cho)
9. nueve (nuay-vay)
10. diez (dee-ace)

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Teach Some Spanish Sayings

PLEASE>(poor fah-VOHR) Po favor
THANK YOU>(MOO-chas GRAH-see-aahs) Muchas gracias
YOU'RE WELCOME (day NAH-dah) De nada
GOOD MORNING (BWAY-nos DEE-aha) Buenos dias
HELLO>(OH-la) Hola
GOODBYE (ah-de-OHS) Adios
GOOD NIGHT>(BWAY-nahs No-chays)Buenas noches
Buenos Dias> means good day
Adios amigos> means goodbye friends

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Jumping-Bean Jumping

Play music let the children jump like jumping beans, when the music stops they must freeze in the postion they were in. When the music starts again the they all jump again.

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare

Field Trips/Special Days

*Tour a Mexican restaurant
*Have a Mexican Fiesta
*Make taco's and/or burritos

~Submitted by Cheryl's Sweethearts ChildCare


Cinco de Mayo - A to Z Teacher's Stuff
Mexican Activities for Kids - DLTK
Cinco de Mayo: A Mexican Festival - First School
Cinco de Mayo Celebration - Kid's Domain
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Cinco de Mayo - Perpetual Preschool
Cinco de Mayo Music & Songs - Preschool Education


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