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Mexico Activities for Kids (including Cinco de Mayo)

As many of you know...  I'm Canadian, not Mexican.  One of our Mexican viewers wrote to us with some information about Mexican customs and holidays. Click here to read what Guadalupe had to say.

Mexicans have a celebration called Cinco de Mayo every May 5th (Cinco de Mayo means the fifth of May). Click here to learn more about the origins of Cinco de Mayo.

Disclaimer: Please keep in mind this website is meant for children, so I do generalize and simplify quite a bit!

For a resource for North Americans (and others) to find out where they reside, please see this interactive map of Indigenous territories, treaties, and languages. A disclaimer from the project: "This map does not represent or intend to represent official or legal boundaries of any Indigenous nations. To learn about definitive boundaries, contact the nations in question."

Mexico, a country in North America, is known for its delicious cuisine and rich culture. It is an important and interesting country for children to study.

image of the world famous Chichén Itzá in Yucatán, Mexico

Kulkukan's Pyramid, Chichén Itzá, Yucatán, Mexico
Photographed by David Stanley; used with permission under C.C. BY 2.0

Mexico has no official language; however, the de facto official language is Spanish, and over 90% of the population speak Spanish. As of 2021, over 7 million Mexicans are indigenous language speakers. Nahuatl, Maya, Otomi, Mixteco, Zapoteco, Totonaco, Chol, and Mazateco are indigenous languages most commonly spoken on this land.

Mexico is a country found in the Northern Hemisphere and Western Hemisphere of the globe. As of 2021, Mexico is divided into 32 political divisions (called states): Aguascalientes, Baja California, Baja California Sur , Campeche, Coahuila, Colima, Chiapas, Chihuahua, Durango, Mexico City, Guanajuato, Guerrero, Hidalgo, Jalisco, Mexico, Michoacan, Morelos, Nayarit, Nuevo León, Oaxaca, Puebla, Queretaro, Quintana Roo, San Luis Potosi, Sinaloa, Sonora, Tabasco, Tamaulipas, Tlaxcala, Veracruz, Yucatán, and Zacatecas.

Sharing a common border throughout its northern extent with the United States, Mexico is bounded to the west and south by the Pacific Ocean, to the east by the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean Sea, and to the southeast by Guatemala and Belize.

Capital city:  Mexico City (Ciudad de Mexico)
Language:  Spanish (de facto)
National Bird:  Golden Eagle (Aquila chrysaetos)
National Dog:  Xoloitzcuintli (Canis lupus familiaris)
National Arthropod:  Chapulin (Sphenarium purpurascens)
National Feline:  Ocelot (Leopardus pardalis)
National Flower:  Dahlia (Dahlia pinnata)
Currency:  Mexican Peso (MXN)


Mexico Activities:
mexican recipes

Mexican Recipes

(my favorite thing about "Mexico themes" in our household is the food!)


songs

M-E-X-I-C-O Song   (tune of B-I-N-G-O) - includes sheet music

Fray Felipe (Brother Philip) Song

La Casa Del Conejo (The Rabbit's House) Activity Song


Mexico coloring page

Day of the Dead Activities


Neat Facts:

  • Home to the world’s largest pyramid, called Cholula!
  • In addition to Spanish, there are 68 indigenous languages spoken, making Mexico a place with rich linguistic histories and cultures!
  • Color TV was invented by Guillermo Gonzalez Camarena, born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico!

Mexico Printables:
birds coloring page

Mexico and Cinco de Mayo Printable Activities
Mexican Animals Coloring Pages


Mexican coins worksheets

Mexico and Cinco de Mayo Printable Activities
Mexican Money Information and Worksheets


Mexico coloring page

Mexico and Cinco de Mayo Printable Activities
Mexico and Cinco de Mayo Coloring Pages, Posters and Tracer Pages


Mexico coloring page

Mexico and Cinco de Mayo Printable Activities
Mexico Coloring Pages from Coloring.ws


mexico worksheets

Printable Worksheets - Mexico and Cinco de Mayo themes


Famous ancient landmarks in Mexico include:

Chichén Itzá

  • Chichén Itzá is the name for the site of a massive ancient Mayan pyramid, called Kulkukan's Pyramid, in the Yucatan peninsula of Mexico.
  • Chichén Itzá is one of Earth's most-visited archaeological site!
  • The Mayan pyramid was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1988.
  • The name "Chichén Itzá" refers to "Chichén," meaning "mouth of wells," and Itzá, referring to a Mayan nation in this region of what is now known as Yucatan, Mexico.
  • Within the walls of this massive pyramid actually sit two smaller pyramids in size; one is approximately 20 m and the other is 10 m.

Monte Albán

  • For 13 centuries, Mont Albán is the name of the ancient site of the largest and prominent city in Oaxaca, home to the Zapotecs and then the Mixtecs.
  • The geography surrounding Mont Albán was suitable for the Zapotecs who built the site with the distinct purpose of protection from invasion; points in the city allow for full views of the surrounding landscape.
  • Archaeological finds are still being located here; pyramids, castles, and housing complexes are archaeological finds located here.
  • Mont Albán is considered to be North America's first planned city, built in 50 B.C.E.

Zona Arqueológica Palenque (Lakamha)

  • The ancient Mayan city of Lakamha (or "Big Water") was constructed as early as 500 B.C.E. and has what are called "low-relief" carvings out of limestone found in the surrounding environment
  • Lakamha is famous for some of the most intricate and naturalistic portraits of ancient Maya art and cultures.
  • The city is said by historians and archaeologists to have flourished between c. 600 and 750 C.E
  • It was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1987.

Mexico Crafts:
Mexico Quilt Paper Craft 

All About Mexico Quilt Paper Craft

Grade school and up


animals of mexico

Animals of Mexico

a wide variety of crafts and coloring pages


mexican pottery

Aztec (Mexican) Pottery


mexican bean bracelets craft

Bean Bracelets

Kindergarten and grade school


Mexican bird rattle

Bird Rattle
(Parrot or Macaw)

Kindergarten and grade school


dora the explorer

Mexico and Cinco de Mayo Crafts for Kids
Dora the Explorer


hot pepper craft

Hot Pepper Paper Craft

preschoolers and up


Ichardo I Alphabuddies craft

Ichardo I Alphabuddy

preschoolers and up


wrestling craft

Lucha Libre Wrestler Paper Doll Craft

preschoolers and up


Lucha Libre (Mexican Wrestler) Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Lucha Libre Wrestler Toilet Paper Roll Craft

preschool and kindergarten


maracas

Maracas

Grade school and up


mariachi paper doll

Mariachi Paper Doll Craft

preschoolers and up


Mariachi Toilet Paper Roll Craft

Mariachi Toilet Paper Roll Craft

preschool and kindergarten


navidad

Mexico and Cinco de Mayo Crafts
Navidad


ojo de dios

Ojo de Dios  (God's Eyes)

Kindergarten and grade school


papel cortado

Papel Cortado

Age 3+
(must be able to use scissors)


pinata

Pinata - Super Simple Version

use yellow, red and green to make it more "Mexican flag themed"

preschool and kindergarten


pinata

Pinatas

preschool and kindergarten


place mats

Place Mats

Kindergarten and grade school


Mexico

Shrinky Dinks

Grade school and up

great for making keychains or necklaces


sombrero

Sombrero  (newspaper)

Kindergarten and grade school


sun connect the dots

Sun Connect the Dots


sun craft

Sun Handprint Craft


tissue flowers

Tissue Flowers for your Hair

preschool and kindergarten


tissue flowers and vase

Tissue Flowers and Vase

Elementary school and up

colorful paper flower making is a Mexican art form.


Other Mexico Activities:
Mexico Themed Online Jigsaw Puzzles

Other Mexico and Cinco de Mayo Activities
Online Jigsaw Puzzles


booksAmazon.com  The Woman who Outshone the Sun