Once a upon a time, I walked into my son’s class as they were singing and the teacher leading them begins by saying, “Just like Mexicans do, we are going to put on our sombreros and ride our donkeys.” I seriously thought, “Oh no, she didn’t just say that,” but then I almost laughed out loud. I have been a Mexican for well over 30 years (ha, I am not going to share my age with you) and I have never owned a sombrero and much less ridden a donkey.
Let me clarify first by saying I don’t think there is anything wrong with fun sombrero and donkey activities. Really I don’t.
As my multicultural blogger friend and song writer Daria shared so beautifully, ” Perhaps it’s more about not stopping at burros and sombreros but sharing a deeper, fuller understanding of culture and cultural pride. Not seeing Mexicans (or any group) as one- dimensional stereotypes, but daring to dig deeper and see more of what makes us all who we are!”
Just a little fun facts before I share with you our fun activities:
- Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence day.
- On this day we celebrate the victory of the historical battle of 1862 between Mexico and France.
- This holiday is a symbol of Mexican pride and unity and includes great festivities, not to mention delicious food!
- It is celebrated in regional parts of Mexico, but has also found a special place in the hearts of our friends in the United States.
With Cinco de Mayo around the corner, I am hoping that these activities will inspire you to go past busting out the donkey and sombrero activities this year. Below I am sharing with you a few ideas that have helped me and hopefully help school teachers and parents think outside the box when coming up with Cinco de Mayo activities.
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