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by Amber Bowie September 16, 2023
Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with kids is a wonderful opportunity to teach them about the rich cultural contributions of Hispanic and Latinx communities. Here are some fun and educational ways to celebrate this month with children:
1. Explore Hispanic Countries
Introduce your kids to the diversity of Hispanic cultures by learning about different countries like Mexico, Spain, Colombia, and more. Explore their traditions, foods, music, and landmarks through books, documentaries, and online resources.
2. Read Books
Visit your local library or bookstore and choose age-appropriate books written by Hispanic authors or featuring Hispanic characters. Some classic options include "Esperanza Rising" by Pam Muñoz Ryan or "Last Stop on Market Street" by Matt de la Peña.
3. Cook Hispanic Cuisine
Get your kids involved in the kitchen by cooking traditional Hispanic dishes together. Make tacos, empanadas, tamales, or paella. Talk about the history and cultural significance of each dish as you prepare and enjoy them.
4. Learn Spanish
If your family doesn't speak Spanish, this is a great time to start learning together. You can use language-learning apps, watch cartoons or movies in Spanish, and practice basic phrases as a family.
5. Art and Crafts
Create Hispanic-inspired art and crafts projects. Make piñatas, paint Latin American folk art, or try your hand at papel picado (Mexican paper cutting).
6. Visit Museums and Cultural Centers
Check if there are any local museums or cultural centers hosting Hispanic Heritage Month exhibitions or events. It's a great way to learn and appreciate the art and history of Hispanic communities.
7. Watch Films and Documentaries
8. Attend Community Events
Look for Hispanic Heritage Month celebrations or events in your community. These might include parades, cultural festivals, or performances. Participating in these activities can be a fun and educational experience.
9. Donate to Hispanic Charities
Teach your kids about the importance of giving back. Consider making a donation to a Hispanic charity or organization that supports the community.
10. Learn About Entrepreneurs:
Research and share stories of Hispanic entrepreneurs and their businesses. Discuss their journeys, challenges, and successes. You can find age-appropriate books, articles, or videos that highlight Hispanic entrepreneurs. Have a favorite Hispanic owned small biz? Drop them in the comments!
Remember to make the activities age-appropriate and fun so that kids can engage with and appreciate the Hispanic culture. This celebration can be a valuable learning experience and a chance to promote cultural understanding and inclusivity.
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