How to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with your kids
September 17th, 2022
by Jessie Brand
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year from September 15th to October 15th. As a month-long celebration in the U.S., we appreciate the contributions and influences that Hispanic Americans and Latin culture have had on the world.
Looking for ways to celebrate with your little ones?
Here’s a list of fun activities you can use to help educate and celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
Teaching children about different cultures helps them develop new skills and interests.
There are many children’s books that help support the education of Hispanic culture. In celebration of Heritage Month, we’ve included a few great choices like Carmela Full of Wishes by Matt de la Peña, Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menéndez, Islandborn by Junot Díaz, and Brick by Brick by Heidi Woodward Sheffield.
There are many more books to explore!
Here’s a list of New York Times 10 Best Children’s Books to Celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month.
2. Musical Activities
Hispanic culture is rich with music, singing, and dancing.
Celebrating Latin music is a great way to get your children interested and involved in Hispanic Heritage month.
Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate Latin music into your daily routine this month:
Use fun merengue music to play Freeze Dance.
Create your own Mariachi band with toy or craft instruments and sombreros.
Teach kids the basic merengue step.
Play some Latin music!
The All Around This World Complications are wonderful for children and adults alike
Or you can find artists like Shakira, Marc Anthony, Buena Vista Social Club, Hector Lavoe, and many more on Spotify and Youtube.
3. Art Projects
Try incorporating fun art projects into your children’s schedule that are centered around Hispanic heritage this month.
Your little ones can create paper flowers to learn about Mexican paper art, or they can make rock art for a fun way to learn about it’s significance with the indigenous Taíno people of the Caribbean.
Or print out these free coloring pages of various musical instruments tied to Hispanic culture.
For a list of more Latin American craft ideas, head here.
4. In-Person Events
Educating our youth about Latin America's history is especially important.
If possible, visit a local, in-person event dedicated to educating your community about Hispanic Heritage Month.
Some examples of this can include a Latin American heritage exhibit at a museum, an Art Exhibition, Cooking Classes, and more. It’s fun to help your children learn about Hispanic culture, experience the artwork, and to learn about the history and impact of Hispanics and Latin Americans have had on the United States and the world.
There are many upcoming options here in New York, such as the Art Exhibition at the Arsenal Gallery: Las Flores de mi País, Free Events at the New York Public Library, or even attending a Yankees Game dedicated to celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month!
5. Cooking Activities
What pairs well with all of the activities listed above? Delicious Latin food!
Hispanic cultures celebrate food and family with such a great deal of passion that this list would not be complete without it.
Looking for kid-friendly recipes? Try these 60+ Hispanic Heritage Month recipes.
We hope you found these activities helpful and use them this year to assist your little ones in learning more about Hispanic Heritage.