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.
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.
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
- Markers or crayons
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.
All the kids opted to decorate their maraca with markers even though crayons were an option. A few used the Mexico flag as inspiration.
This is my son’s maraca.
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.
Some kids built large pyramids going from the outside in.
I think the smaller size pyramid works better though.
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.
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.
Here are the 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!
These are the books they read on Mexican artists Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo.
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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!
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.
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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