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Festive Cinco de Mayo Craft – Make Your Own Cactus

Cinco de Mayo is right around the corner. What better way to celebrate the festivities than with a fun and colorful craft for kids. This Cinco de Mayo Craft is a happy little cactus wearing a sombrero. It makes a fantastic bulletin board display for the month of May. Everyone will be stopping to check out the cute cactuses. Its uses are endless and it is simple to piece together! Keep reading to learn more about everything you can do with this craft.

Cinco de Mayo Craft

What is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is a Spanish holiday celebrated on the 5th of May. It commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French Empire in 1862. This occurred during the Battle of Puebla. People celebrate with beautiful music and song, amazing traditional dishes, and of course pinatas. You may see many cactuses embodying the celebration because of its origins in Mexico.

Putting the Cactus Craft Together

To create this craft you will need the templates for the cactus and sombrero. The Cinco de Mayo Cactus Craft templates are easy to download and print. The template for the sombrero is a fantastic way to practice fine motor skills because of the zig-zags and easy-to-navigate curves.

Print the templates onto colorful cardstock and cut them out. If you have younger kids, it may be easier to pre-cut the pieces and just let them piece it all together.

Once you have all of your pieces, attach the cactus arms using a glue stick or liquid glue. Put the stripes of the sombrero onto the hat. Then glue the hat on top of the cactus’s head. Don’t forget the sweet eyes and smile!

Cinco de Mayo Craft
The Cinco de Mayo craft makes an adorable bulletin board display for the month of May.

If you aren’t able to print the templates onto colored cardstock, use the coloring page template to make a coloring activity for the kids. There is far less cutting and pasting and kids will enjoy decoring their cactuses on their own.

Cinco de Mayo Craft
The kids will love coloring their own Cinco de Mayo craft!

Pair the craft with an engaging writing activity about what the kids learned about Cinco de Mayo! They can write about their favorite dishes, things they learned, things they want to know, and much more.

Use the craft to learn about the desert and landscape of Mexico and even California. While the celebrations started in Mexico because of their victory in the battle, the traditions have spread to other areas of the world, including the United States.

Fun Books for Kids About Cinco de Mayo

Want some fun books to read with your kids that center around Cinco de Mayo? Here are a few I would recommend! Some tell the history of Cinco de Mayo and why people celebrate. Others are cute stories that will make kids laugh.

  • Chicks and Salsa by Aaron Reynolds – A fun story about Chickens making a traditional Mexican dish.
  • Cinco de Mayo by Mary Dodson Wode – An informative book about the history of Cinco de Mayo.
  • Mouse-O! by Judy Cox – A cute story about a cat and mouse on Cinco de Mayo.
  • Marco’s Cinco de Mayo by Lisa Bullard – A young boy’s adventures on Cinco de Mayo.

Read one of these sweet stories and then complete the fun cactus craft in the week leading up to Cinco de Mayo or on the day of.

If you do crafts for every month of the year like me, you may also like the Seasonal Crafts Bundle! This bundle has 37 crafts that cover all of the seasons throughout the year.

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Laura Bensley

Laura Bensley

Former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.

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Hi, I’m Laura and I am the creator of Crafty Bee Creations.  I am a former preschool teacher turned business owner that now creates educational resources for teachers in the classroom, homeschool, and daycare setting.  I have a passion for designing craft resources that are not only fun and engaging but work children’s fine motor skills too! 

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