Growing up as a very Americanized Latina I have always struggled to really learn about my culture. With Hispanic Heritage Month in full swing and three boys whom I am trying to raise to love and appreciate their culture, I am not leaving it up to the schools to teach my kids all about the cultures and histories of our Hispanic Heritage. We are celebrating the histories and cultures of our Hispanic Heritage at home. From crafts to stories, I am embracing our culture and sharing passed down traditions with my boys.
National Hispanic Heritage month September 15 until October 15.
photo Lucy Nieto
10 Ways to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Papeles Picado Craft
The festive and traditional Mexican cut papers are simple and beautiful papeles picados. Use colorful paper folded in half, quarters, eighths, cone style, fan style… the creativity can be all your own. Use scissors to create designed patterns and unfold to reveal. Hang on a string with tape.
El Dia de la Raza
Celebrate The Day of the Race or El Dia de la Raza theat is observed in Latin America and Mexico on October 12. The day of celebration about Latin nationalities. Learning about the history of Mexico, Central America, and South America.
Give storytime a latin flair with cultural stories to spark your child’s interest. Check out these suggested Latin American Folktales from What do we do all day.
Take a look at your family tree and discover stories from ancestors. A great place to start is talking to grandparents about their family and traditions they have carried on.
Focus a day on one iconic Hispanic in history. Learn about Frida Kahlo or Cesar Chavez to commemorate their achievements and how they have impacted our lives today.
Show Your Pride
Learn about Latin flags and make one of your own to celebrate where your family derived.
Try new dishes derived from the Hispanic Culture. Buñuelos, tamales, lechon, flan, the possibilities are endless and delicious.
Music not only tells stories it inspires creativity and brings enjoyment. Try playing a range of Latin music from salsa, conjunto, mambo… and learn the different sounds that come along with it.
Add a few simple words around the house by labeling items. For example: refrigerator – refrigerador, trash can – bote de basura, bathroom – baño. The more you label and the more you encourage your family to repeat the words in Spanish the easier it is to remember. Make it a fun interactive way to learn Spanish words.
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage with a homemade papier-mâche piñata fill it with goodies and take the kids outdoors to celebrate. We love the easy to diy pinata from Simply Notable.