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Papel Picado for Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the victory over the French military at Puebla. Although the date has limited significance in Mexico, it has become a time to celebrate Mexican heritage in the United States.

Interest in Cinco de Mayo increased during the Chicano movement of the 1940s.

We made a papel picado banner to decorate our home in preparation for Cinco de Mayo.

Materials:

  • colorful tissue paper or thin construction paper
  • scissors, punches
  • glue or tape
  • cord or string

Directions:

1. Fold the paper in half, then fold it in half again, and then one more time.

2. Cut designs on either side of the folded paper.

3. Unfold.

4. Fold the top of the paper around a string or cord and paste or tape it down.

5. Hang your banner and enjoy your fiesta!

Picture Books About Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mouse-O! – This cute story follows a mouse as he follows his nose to a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The “mouse-eye’s” view of the fiesta is a fun way to put the reader right in the action.

Celebrate! It’s Cinco de Mayo!: !Celebramos! !Es el Cinco de Mayo! (English and Spanish Edition): A simple, bilingual introduction to the history of the day.

Educational Connections:

  • Home Arts: Prepare Mexican dishes to enjoy on Cinco de Mayo.
  • Arts: Enjoy the music and dance of Mexico (great summary at ABC and 123).
  • History: Older students can research the history of Mexican-Americans and prepare a timeline or create a project honoring a prominent Mexican-American.
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Candace Lindemann, Yale, BA, Harvard Graduate School of Education, EdM, is an educational consultant and published writer. She enjoys new learning experiences with her children, ages 6 and 4 and 1.5.

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7 Responses to "Papel Picado for Cinco de Mayo"

  1. Michelle says:

    This looks like such a great project to go along with these books. I love how colorful it is. Thank you for linking up and sharing your project with stART!!

  2. Kerri says:

    Beautiful project and will definitely check out the books! Stopping by from stART!

    Kerri

  3. JDaniel4's Mom says:

    I love the books and craft! You need to link them to Read.Explore.Learn on my site.

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