Free Cinco de Mayo Printables

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What Is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo Free Printables
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Many people mistakenly think that Cinco de Mayo celebrates Mexican independence, much like Independence Day in the United States. In fact, Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May, celebrates the Mexican army's defeat of France in the Battle of Puebla.

This battle took place during the Franco-Mexican War (1861-1867), which ultimately ended with France withdrawing due to pressure from the United States, who intervened after the Civil War ended.

Cinco de Mayo is a relatively minor holiday in Mexico. It is celebrated primarily in Puebla, where the battle took place. In other parts of Mexico, businesses remain open and life goes on as usual. In the U.S., Cinco de Mayo is popularly observed as a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. 

Use these free downloadable printables to teach the holiday to children.

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Cinco de Mayo Vocabulary

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Print the pdf: Cinco de Mayo Vocabulary Sheet

Begin your study of Cinco de Mayo by defining the words and identifying the people most closely associated with the holiday. Use resources from the library or the Internet to learn facts about Cinco de Mayo and how Cinco de Mayo is celebrated.

Then, fill out the Cinco de Mayo vocabulary sheet by matching the correct name or term to each phrase or definition.

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Cinco de Mayo Wordsearch

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Print the pdf: Cinco de Mayo Word Search

Review what you've learned about Cinco de Mayo so far as you look for each of the holiday-related terms among the jumbled letters in the word search. Do some more research on any terms or historical figures that you're still unsure about.

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Cinco de Mayo Crossword Puzzle

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Print the pdf: Cinco de Mayo Crossword Puzzle

Continue learning about Cinco de Mayo as you fill out the crossword puzzle with the holiday-related words. Fill in the puzzle with the correct terms from the word bank using the clues provided.

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Cinco de Mayo Challenge

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Print the pdf: Cinco de Mayo Challenge

Take the Cinco de Mayo challenge to see how much you remember about the Mexican holiday. Choose the correct word from each multiple choice option.

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Cinco de Mayo Alphabet Activity

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Print the pdf: Cinco de Mayo Alphabet Activity

Let young students practice alphabetizing words while reviewing terms associated with Cinco de Mayo. Students will write each term from the word bank in correct alphabetical order on the blank lines provided.

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Cinco de Mayo Door Hangers

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Print the pdf: Cinco de Mayo Door Hangers Page

Older students can add a festive air to their home and younger students can practice their fine motor skills with these Cinco de Mayo door hangers. Cut out the door hangers along the solid line. Then, cut along the dotted line and cut out the center circle. Hang the completed project on door knobs around your home.

(For best results, print on card stock.)

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Cinco de Mayo Visor Craft

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Print the pdf: Cinco de Mayo Visor Page

Create a festive Cinco de Mayo visor! Print the page and cut out the visor. Next, use a hole punch to make holes as indicated. In the holes, tie elastic string long enough to fit snugly on each child's head, or tie one piece of yarn or string through each hole and tie them together to fit your child's head.

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Cinco de Mayo Coloring Page - Maracas

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Print the pdf: Cinco de Mayo Coloring Page

Maracas are percussion instruments commonly associated with Mexico. Traditionally, they are made of hollow gourds filled with pebbles or beans. Beginning writers can practice tracing and writing the word "maracas." Students of all ages can enjoy coloring the playful picture.

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Cinco de Mayo Coloring Page - Fiesta

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Print the pdf: Cinco de Mayo Coloring Page

This coloring page depicts a traditional Cinco de Mayo fiesta or party. Students can color the page while a parent reads aloud about Cinco de Mayo. Children may wish to do some research to discover which foods may be served at a Cinco de Mayo celebration. You may even want to try your hand at making some traditional Mexican foods.

Updated by Kris Bales