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Celebrate Cinco de Mayo With the Kids!

cinco de mayo for kidsCinco de Mayo is often an excuse for non-Mexican people to drink beer but I like to think of it as a way to celebrate Mexican culture.  To entertain the Tiny Dancer I tend to make everything a “party.”  If we’re eating pizza, we’re having a pizza party! If we’re making pancakes, we’re having a pancake party!  So why not learn more about Mexican culture on Cinco de Mayo?

The most obvious (and my favorite) way is to EAT.  Cinco de Mayo is a great day to enjoy Mexican cuisine so get the family together in the kitchen to mash some avocados, squeeze some limes and enjoy some guacamole, tacos, enchiladas, salsa, rice and beans – whatever your favorites are.  You can check out some of my previously posted recipes for guacamole and mango & pineapple salsa.  For more great recipes I also love the Fine Cooking and Food Network websites.

You can also celebrate with music (shake those maracas!), break a pinata, play games and do crafts.  I found some great Cinco de Mayo themed games and activities, coloring and tracing pages and crafts.  I wanted to actually try some of these in advance but I’ve been busy getting ready for the Tiny Dancer’s birthday.  I hope you and the family have a great Cinco de Mayo!  I can’t wait to eat!!

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