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October 1st, 2013 at 5:01 am

4 Activities to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your Kids

We’re half-way through Hispanic Heritage Month, which means you still have some time left to do some fun activities while you teach your kids about the culture of the more than 50 million Latinos in the United States.

1) Learn a new song in Spanish: Ideally, you’ll choose a simple children’s song that is easy to learn because of its repetitiveness and length. For some ideas, visit Mama Lisa’s World of Children and International Culture, where you can choose songs by country and you even get an audio file of each of them.

2) Make a traditional Hispanic dish: Latin American food is so varied that there’s something for everyone. Maybe you can do taco night and teach your kids a bit about Mexico or you can make a dessert like flan and talk to your kids about where the recipe came from. In my house, it’d be Puerto Rico, but many Latin American countries make this delicious dessert.

3) Make a cultural craft: From piñatas to maracas, there are many arts & crafts you can do to teach your kids about the Latino culture. You can choose to do a few that are representative of a different country in Latin America and that way you can also teach them a bit about where they came from.

4) Go online: There are several websites that have lots of information related to Hispanic Heritage Month, including activities, games and history, which are an excellent resource for you to share with your kids. Check out Scholastic.com

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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