Every week we feature a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. To date, Heifer Mexico has helped rural families in 23 states with over 3,000 farm animals, mainly pigs, sheep and dairy cattle.Over the weekend many families in Mexico will celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the anniversary of one victorious battle in the fight for independence from the French. It is a festival of Mexican pride and heritage celebrated with parades, traditional food and of course, a party with family and friends.
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Create your own mini pinatas
Paper mache pinatas can be time consuming and messy, but these mini pinatas are a simple, fun activity for kids at a Cinco de Mayo party. They can also be passed out as party favors!
What you need:
- Paper Cone Cups
- Colorful Ribbon
- Hot Glue Gun
- Colorful Tissue Paper
- Candy, etc.
Follow these steps:
- Cut the tops off two paper cone cups
- Top cone: loop ribbon over and tie a knot, then push through the top hole.
- Bottom cone: knot two pieces of ribbon together and push the loose ends through the hole.
- Fill the cones with candy and other party favors.
- Hot glue the top and bottom cones together.
- Use scissors to make fringes with tissue paper.
- Decorate the pinata.
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Learn more about Cinco de Mayo
Once a week we will be featuring a fun and/or educational activity you can try at home or in the classroom. This week we are celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Spanish lesson.
Today is Cinco de Mayo, the perfect day to share the Spanish version of The Chicken and the Worm, or El Pollo y el Gusano, written by Page McBrier, New York Times Best-Selling author. She drew from her own experiences with Heifer project partners to write books for Heifer International, inlcuding this one.
The book will introduce your child to chickens and worms and what they do for the Earth. And, if your child doesn’t speak Spanish, It’s a great opportunity to introduce him or her to a foreign language in a fun way.
In the book, the chicken and the worm, along with you and your child, learn about everything they have in common, and how they both care for the Earth in their own special ways.
You can use the Google translator and figure out the words as you go, or you can view the English version for comparison.
If you enjoyed this activity, you can find several lesson plans related to this book in the Classroom Resources section of our website in Spanish or English (look under Pre-K & Kindergarten), as well as other books and activities in Spanish.
¡Buena suerte y diviértete!