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Mexican Independence Day
Smart Art (all day): A big part of celebrating is a pinata! Glue paper on a toilet paper roll, fill it with Pretend City money, and seal it up to celebrate at home!
Explore the Mexican flag by painting with red, green, and white!
(Sensory Table)> Serve up some delicious food and desserts to your friends and family on plastic plates!
Purpose: These activities will teach children about different cultures. They will also help them develop fine motor skills, engage their creativity, collaborate, and discover more about cause and effect.
Story Time (TIMES 11AM & 2:30PM) Pepe and the Parade by: Tracey Kyle
Synopsis: Pepe wakes up energized to attend his first Hispanic Day parade. With new food to taste, music to dance to, and a parade to watch, Pepe couldn’t be more excited to celebrate his Hispanic Heritage! This dual language book follows Pepe throughout his day as he learns about the Mexican, Dominican, Panamanian, Colombian, Honduran, Nicaraguan, Chilean, Puerto Rican, Salvadoran, Guatemalan, and Cuban cultures!
Art Exploration (directly following story time): The children will be encouraged to make Papel Picado that we will hang before our dance party!
Music & Movement (directly following story time):
Mariachi Dancing- Come join us in Orange Plaza as we dance to traditional Mariachi music to honor Mexican Independence Day! We will have baskets of flowers, a cow head, and other materials for you to use as you feel the beat!
Purpose: Music and movement ignites skills for school readiness including intellectual development, social/emotional development, gross and fine motor development, language and overall literacy as well as early exposure and appreciation for other cultures!
Grown-up Tip: Just like Mexico gained its independence from Spain, children gain independence as they get older. Children are often overlooked at their ability to do something independently. Find age-appropriate tasks your child is capable of doing on their own. They will feel proud, gain confidence, and learn that they can try before asking for help.