Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated each year from September 15 through October 15. It’s a great time to celebrate Hispanic heritage, traditions of Hispanic countries and recognize the accomplishments of Hispanic and Latino people. Why keep it to just one month? I have a daughter of Hispanic roots and I want her to celebrate the culture more than just during a designated time.
Here are some Hispanic Heritage Month activities – to do year round!
Pick a Hispanic person of the week. Explore that person’s work. A few ideas to get you started include: singer/actress Jennifer Lopez, actor Antonio Banderas, boxer Oscar de la Hoya, artist Frida Kahlo and Ellen Ochoa, the world’s first Hispanic astronaut and of, course Ricky Martin! Nick, Jr. has free printable Hispanic hero coloring pages and trading cards.
Adopt a city. Choose a Latin city or country together. Put up postcards and photos from the location on your walls. Research it together and search for news stories from the area.
Watch programs that celebrate Hispanic culture together. “ Maya & Miguel” on PBS Kids is a great option. The show cartoon chronicles the adventures of preteens Maya, Miguel and their friends and discusses the customs of a variety of cultures.
Create papel picados. This is a Mexican folk art made by cutting designs in paper. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube to teach you and your kids how to make these lovely pieces of art.
Make some music! Visit your local library to search for Latin music. Watch performances on YouTube. Check out Pinterest for instructions on making your own maracas, guiro or box drums.
Try a new recipe each week. Explore Latin America through your palettes. Research the food of different regions and make a meal together each week. Create a family cookbook with the recipes you like.
Learn the true meanings of holidays and celebrations. A quinceanera is more than a birthday party. Day of the Dead isn’t Halloween. Cinco de Mayo isn’t about feasting on chips and salsa. Explore the origins and significance of these special days as the occur.
Get a pen pal. Use the power of social media to ask your friends to help you find a pen pal for your child in a Spanish speaking country. Your child will love learning the differences and similarities between cultures from a peer.
I don’t want my daughter to think celebrating her ethnicity should be limited to one month out of the year. She’s been researching Michelle Rodriguez and has finally started learning Spanish. Hispanic Heritage month activities don’t need an expiration date. Let us know what you do to keep it going year round in the comment section below.