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Mexico Day Party Crafts for Kids

Cinco de Mayo Crafts Party for Kids

In second grade, the kids travel the globe to study Mexico, China and Ghana. It’s a wonderful social studies unit that culminates in a Mexico Day party that can also be used for a Cinco de Mayo party for kids.

Our teacher set up six stations and had parent volunteers run each station. It took about 3 hours for the party and the unit itself lasted about a month. I was in charge of the dried bean maraca craft.

Map of Mexico

The kids learned about the geography of Mexico.

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By the end of the unit, they learned a lot! I liked how they asked questions throughout and found answers. It was all tracked on this chart.

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Paper Plate Maraca Craft for Kids

The maraca craft was pretty easy. The tricky part was putting in just a handful of beans and then stapling the folded paper plate without letting any escape. I did the stapling.

What you need for the Paper Plate Maraca Craft:

  • Dried beans
  • Paper Plates
  • Stapler
  • Streamers
  • Markers or crayons

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The streamers can be attached after the paper plate is stapled shut but a few kids wanted the streamers inside the plate. That’s a little trickier to staple.

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All the kids opted to decorate their maraca with markers even though crayons were an option. A few used the Mexico flag as inspiration.

2nd grade studying Mexico

 

 

This is my son’s maraca.

Mexico party, maraca craft for kids

 

Marshmallow Aztec Pyramid Craft

Would you believe that only one kid got away with eating just a single mini-marshmallow for the Aztec pyramid craft?! My Mom Friend Stacey ran this craft and she runs a pretty tight ship. There were 27 kids in total, and she recommends at least 6 bags of mini-marshmallows. The base is cardboard from cereal boxes and the marshmallows were simply glued on with Elmer’s Glue.

Books on Aztec pyramids were provided as inspiration.

Aztec pyramid, Mexico unit, marshmallow craft

 Some kids built large pyramids going from the outside in.

marshmallow pyramids, mexico unit 2nd grade

 I think the smaller size pyramid works better though.

marshmallow Aztec pyramid craft for kids

 

Paper Bag Piñata Craft

A simple brown paper lunch bag gets turned into a festive piñata with steamers cut into a fringe. You can add candy. Our teacher gave out each kid a lollipop to take home.

paper bag pinata craft for kids

 

 

Learning Spanish from Frida Kahlo

We were lucky that Katya’s mother teaches Spanish at our local high school. She came in dressed as Frida Kahlo and gave the kids Spanish lessons. They had read books on Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, two of Mexico’s most prominent artists.

second grade mexico unit, Frieda Kahlo, Diego Rivera

Here are the days of the week in Spanish.

days of the week in Spanish

Domingo = Sunday

Lunes = Monday

Martes = Tuesday

Miércoles = Wednesday

Jueves = Thursday

Viernes = Friday

Sábado = Saturday

And here’s a fun song to learn to pronounce it correctly.

The colors in Spanish are easy to learn too!

colors in Spanish, spanish for kids, 2nd grade Spanish

These are the books they read on Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.

Click on image of any book to view at Amazon, or here at Barnes and Noble.

Foods of Mexico: Making Guacamole

The Guacamole station was very popular. You just need:

  • 3 ripe Avocados
  • 1/2 diced onion
  • juice of  1 lime
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic

Serve with tortilla chips!

kids make guacamole

 

Day of the Dead Mask Printable

My son delighted in making a Day of the Dead mask. He wore it home from school and for the better part of the day. I couldn’t find the exact printable but here is a similar one. Print the mask and then glue to a paper plate. Use yarn to tie the mask.

Day of the Dead Mask printable

Day of the Dead mask craft for kids,

 

There you have it. Crafts for a Mexico Unit 2nd grade party or for Cinco de Mayo. Learning about Mexico is fun!

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By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom

15 Comments

  1. It looks so cool! I bet the kids loved the teacher dresses as Frida.
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    • Hi Alexandra,
      It was weird because she looked EXACTLY like Frida to me. I did a double take before I realized it was someone dressing up. The kids loved her station where she taught them Spanish and about Frida Kahlo. We’re so lucky to have a parent who is also a Spanish teacher willing to take time to volunteer in the classroom! It makes the experience so rich to learn from her. Her daughter dressed up as well. She was adorable!
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  2. I like the marshmallow pyramids!

    • Hi Maryanne,
      And only 1 kid managed to get away with eating a single mini marshmallow! I’m glad I wasn’t the mom monitoring that station. That’s tough to keep the kids from eating. I did the dried bean maracas so the entire time I kept telling the kids to stop spilling the beans!
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  3. thanks for a collection of activities. Maracas looks fun!
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  4. Excellent suggestions! We will go to the library and check out some of your book suggestions. Also, one of these art projects will be on our “to do” list!

    Thanks so much for sharing!
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  5. Ann

    Sounds like a great event and I love your maracas! They look so easy!
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  6. GREAT!!

    I TEACH SPANISH. I WILL DO THE MARACAS CRAFT!!! THANKS FOR SHARING.

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    Have a wonderful week.

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