Monday, May 5, 2014

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo Mariachi Guitar craft......
We had a great week learning about Cinco de Mayo and Mexican Culture......
And dancing the Mexican Hat Dance.....
Happy Cinco de Mayo Everybody!  
Cinco de Mayo is a great holiday to study and learn all about the Mexican Culture in our classroom.
I always celebrate it because I always have the culture represented in my room.

We write about doing pinatas, singing with the mariachis, dancing the Mexican hat dance and eating tortillas and salsa.
We read lots of stories about the Fiesta and the Celebrations of the Day!
Mexican Maracas made from recycled cans, dry beans, yarn and beading on the ends....Fun to dance the Mexican Hat Dance to!  

We started our Cinco de Mayo celebration a week ago by doing a choral reading of FIESTA 
and our READING STREETS story A Birthday Basket for Tia.  Both are about the Mexican culture and both are filled with spanish words they kids LOVED figuring out the meanings of!! Then we looked at some of the Mexican blankets, a tortilla maker, and clothing of the Mexican culture and watched the Mexican Hat Dance on youtube.

A very cute wordsearch for Cinco de Mayo is HERE at Kaboose.

Here are our cute mariachi guitars....

Here is our hallway bulletin board full of color! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

 Ole.....Ay, yiy yi yi.....
Here is our Cinco de Mayo bulletin board....with our guitars and our writing.....

The inspiration for the Mariachi Guitar art project can be found HERE at Kaboose.  We made ours pretty big and VERY colorful!I let the kids choose the color for their guitars.  We doubled them, cut them out, stuffed them with newspaper strips to make them 3D, then added the string, the triangles and the "frets"(brown parts).

And we learned some new Spanish words from each "Cinco" for 5 and "Mayo" for May!
Here is our finished bulletin board with Cinco de Mayo writing all about the Mexican Fiestas.
I have a tortilla maker I bought at OLVERA STREET, a tourist spot in Los Angeles. You can get them at Mexican markets or at cooking supply houses.
Here is what the MASA HARINA corn tortilla dough looks like made's fun to play with! Kids love it. 

Tortilla Maker.....

Use 2 pieces of parchment paper and place dough in between them on the tortilla press.....
Smashing the dough between 2 sheets of parchment will look like this! A perfect corn tortilla! 

Then fry them in a frying pan...1 minute on each side! I made these for dinner for the hubs! Yummy!

Check out the tutorial on my cooking blog....The Weekday Chef  HERE! 
The dough is in the Mexican food section of the grocery store and is called  Masa de harina. 

A great story I read the kids is called THE TORTILLA FACTORY by Gary Paulsen The Link is HERE. Lots of kids have seen how they make the flour tortillas at the burrito restaurants here but not so much the corn tortillas
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We love this Cinco de Mayo Tissue Party Flower craft for kids. It’s simple, easy and fun! And, don’t forget super colorful!
Craft supplies you will need:
Tissue paper
Pipe cleaner
Craft instructions:
Cut large squares (6X6) out of the tissue paper.
Have the children choose and stack about 10 squares of different color tissue paper.
Show the children how to accordion fold the tissue paper stack using about 1 in folds.
Then, have the children place a pipe cleaner in the middle of the folded tissue paper and secure it by bending the pipe cleaner over the middle of the folded paper and then twist the ends together.
Once done, have the children starting pulling the tissue paper pieces toward the middle, starting with the top piece.  Have the children hold on to the bottom piece as they do it.
And, voila, the children now have Tissue Paper Flowers for Cinco de Mayo!
Color Word Match Game
A Cinco de Mayo Fill in the Blank I made up can be found HERE at this link. And of course we HAD TO DANCE!  We layed the Mexican Hats all over the floor and groups of 3 kids danced around them. I should have made a video, But we danced to this one and it's pretty good too!
 Enjoy! Arriba! OLE!  And HAPPY CINCO de MAYO!

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