Cinco de Mayo Games and Activities
Word Puzzles and Pen & Paper Games
By Alecia Dixon
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Cinco de Mayo Pictionary
Papers with Cinco de Mayo/Mexican objects written on them
How To Play:
Put papers with Cinco de Mayo/Mexican objects written on them into bag. Divide children into two groups. Flip a coin to see which team goes first. Invite a child from the playing team to approach the chalkboard, draw a slip of paper and read it to themselves. On your mark, the child should then draw the object in hopes that his/her team members will guess the object on their paper. If the team guesses correctly, before time runs out, they score a point. If the playing team does not guess correctly the other team has five seconds to try to come up with the correct answer. If they guess correctly they score a point and it is their turn to play.
This game can be simplified for young players utilizing words such as: sombrero, poncho, donkey, taco. Make more difficult for older players by using short phrases: Mexican War, Mexico, guacamole, etc.
Take a Cinco de Mayo/Mexican related word such as: sombrero, guacamole, burritos, festival etc. and find as many little words as possible before the timer runs out.
Words: vail, fat, fit, fail, file, sail, seal, set, sat, sit, tail...
Words: mole, male, meal, camel, came, come, am, me, mule, cue, game...
Cinco de Mayo Twenty Questions
Teacher starts by choosing a Cinco de Mayo related person, place, or thing. The teacher says, "I'm thinking of something". The children try to guess what it is by asking no more than twenty questions that can be answered "YES", "NO", or I DON'T KNOW". The student who guesses correctly is next up.
Buenos Amigos (Good Friends)
How To Play:
Set the timer and have the children write as many kind things as they can think of about their classmate (amigo) on their right. The last child writes about the first child. Suggest that they write kind things about how their amigo acts, thinks, plays, works or looks. Give the paper to the amigo to take home.
Learn Spanish Activity
Teach children simple words in Spanish. For example: count to ten, colors, days of the week or month, common food items, etc.
Teacher thinks of person, place, or thing. Teacher gives a clue. Begin at one end of the room and work your way around allowing each student to take a turn guessing until one student solves the case. The student who solves the case goes next.
Clue: Keeps you warm
Clue: Not just for rainy days
Clue: A wearable blanket
Clues should be age appropriate for the children playing.
How Many Beans
Large glass jar filled with beans
Small pieces of paper
How To Play:
Have children write their name on a small piece of paper and their guess as to how many beans are in the jar. The child who guesses the right number or comes closest gets a reward.