Cinco de Mayo, the holiday celebrating Mexico’s victory at the Battle of Puebla, has become a fun celebration of Mexican-American culture your whole family can enjoy. Liven up your fiesta this May 5th by playing these Cinco de Mayo-themed games with your parents.
This game is like an egg toss, but instead of tossing an egg between teammates, you’ll be tossing the slippery pit from a fresh avocado from Mexico.
Step 1 – Start by splitting up into teams of two. Each team will need a pit.
Step 2 – Ask a parent to help you cut open the avocados from Mexico, saving the needed number of pits and setting aside the avocado flesh to make some tasty guacamole later. You can preserve the avocados by rubbing lime or lemon juice on them, covering them in plastic wrap, and putting them in the refrigerator.
Teammates begin the game five feet apart, facing each other. The first player tosses the pit to their teammate. If the teammate catches the avocado pit, he or she takes a step back before tossing the pit back to the original player. Players continue to step backward every time they make a successful catch.
Teams are eliminated from the game when they drop their avocado pit. The last team standing wins!
You’ve probably done word scrambles in school, but have you ever done one where you try to find words in Spanish? You can do it yourself and really impress your parents with your new vocabulary.
Step 1 – Take a piece of paper and draw 10 evenly spaced horizontal lines from top to bottom and then 10 evenly spaced lines from left to right so that you have 100 squares on your paper.
Step 2 – Choose 8 to 10 words in Spanish that have something to do with the Cinco de Mayo holiday like: cinco (five), victoria (victory), indepencia (independence), familia (family), fiesta (party), bailando (dancing), and guacamole (guacamole).
Step 3 – Write the first letters of the words into various squares all over your piece of paper. Then finish the writing out the words by going left to right, right to left, top to bottom, bottom to top, and even diagonally. It’s great if the words crisscross and share letters.
Step 4 – Once you have all of your words on the paper, then fill in the rest of the empty squares with random letters. Try not to repeat the same letters too many times.
Provide your Mom and/or Dad with the list of words in English to a parent and see if they can find those words in Spanish hidden in the word scramble. They will likely need your help!
What better way to cap off your Cinco de Mayo party than with a traditional Mexican piñata? Ask your parents to help you find a store where you can purchase an empty piñata or even better, you can make your own.
You will also need some rope, a wooden pole or stick about 3 feet long, and yours and your parents’ favorite kinds of candy to fill the piñata.
Once you have the piñata ready to go, tie the rope to the top of it,\ and ask a parent for help tossing the rope over a branch about 10 feet off the ground. A basketball rim can work well, too.
Pull the rope so that the piñata moves up and down while you and your family members each take a turn trying to hit it with the stick. For added fun you can blindfold the person trying to hit the piñata with a bandana or scarf. Please remember to give the person swinging the stick lots of space so they don’t accidentally hit anyone watching.
Once the piñata is broken and all the candy falls out, everyone can scramble to see how many pieces they can each pick up.
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