5 the Mayo is the perfect chance to teach your little ones a little bit about our history and for them to learn about different cultures.
The idea is to make history a little bit more fun for the kids, so instead of just reading the story you could try having a mexican night with some typical food: tacos, quesadillas and maybe a piñata. Wear a cool Mexican themed noomie PJ and take a few seconds to seat on the carpet sing and read the story of 5 de Mayo…then you can tell the kids to reenact the story.
Here is the story you can read to the kids:
Cinco de Mayo is the celebration of the courage of the Mexican people during the battle (La Batalla de Puebla) on May 5th, 1862 where 4,500 Mexican soldiers defeated the Mexican traitors and French army of 6,500 at Puebla, Mexico. Puebla is 100 miles east of Mexico City. The Mexican forces were made up of untrained commoners. This victory did not win the war but it showed the courage and strength of the Mexican troops. The “Batalla de Puebla” became a symbol of Mexican unity and patriotism.
After Mexico gained its independence from Spain in 1821, the country was faced with many problems. There were internal power struggles and during the dictatorship of Santa Anna, Mexico went to war with the United States in 1846. This war and the years of fighting put Mexico in a very bad financial position. It was bankrupt. Mexico had to give away a huge portion of its land to the United States. That land is now known as Texas.