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Parties, Kids and Cinco de Mayo - a Great Combination

May 23, 2008
Cinco de Mayo is a great time to have a kid's party -- not only is it a lot of fun, but a great way to teach. This holiday isn't one made up by the greeting card companies, its a celebration of history. On May fifth in 1862, Mexico and the United States worked together to help Mexico get a victory against the French.

Don't forget the decorations for a great party

The decor is one of the most important parts of the party. The number five should be displayed prominently throughout the room, and all the colors of the Mexican flag should be represented. At least one actual Mexican flag should be included. Things will liven up by the addition of balloons and streamers.

3 Children love being able to make something different and fun out of ordinary objects. Give each child a paper plate and cup with which to make their own sombero. Glue the cup to the center of the plate, and have the children add pom-poms, string or ribbon to decorate. These crafts are a fun addition to the party and they'll have fun with their new festive hats.

Make Some Maracas

Paper cups can also be made to make maracas. The only thing that the kids need to do is fill one cup with any item that will make a clacking noise. Next, tape a second cup to the top of the first cup, making sure the open ends of the cups are touching, so the items can move between the two cups.

Give It a Mexican Twist

Most children's party games could easily be turned into a fun Cinco de Mayo game with a little imagination. The ordinary can be turned into the extraordinary with just a few small twists.

Giving a children's party a south-of-the-border twist can be simple and fun. Rather than a game of "Pin the Tail on the Donkey", why not play a game of "Pin the Metal on Benito Juarez, the Mexican resistance leader. Mariachi music makes musical chairs a Mexican experience, and even Pictionary takes a Mexican turn if you use Spanish words. If the children don't know enough Spanish, acquaint them with Mexican culture by offering tacos to eat, or sombreros to wear.

Folk Dancers

Another great activity idea is to bring in Mexican folk dancers that could show the kids how to perform a dance. To create an even more authentic atmosphere, why not provide skirts for the girls and hats for the boys? The dancers will not only provide a good time, but will also teach the children about some aspects of Mexican heritage.

Keep It Simple

If you want to go to a lot of trouble, you can of course -- but keep in mind that the children will primarily remember the fun they had with each other and not the homemade cake shaped like a five colored like the Mexican flag. The party can be quite simple. Keep the games going, and make sure there are plenty of snacks and the kids will remember it being fun (and probably learn a few things about Mexican culture in the process).
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