Hispanic Heritage Month Fiesta for Kids

Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated every year throughout the country from September 15 through October 15 to recognize the contributions of Hispanics and the important presence of Hispanic and Latino Americans in the United States and to celebrate their heritage and culture.
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Not having many opportunities to celebrate this month in my neck of the woods (small southern town) I was determined to make a big deal out of it! What better way than having a fiesta!
Hosting a Hispanic Heritage Month fiesta for kids has been on my mind for a long time. This is a fun and educational way to familiarize my friends, and my child's friends on the beauty and diversity of the Hispanic culture. 

This post is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop sponsored by Multicultural Kids Blog. Fellow bloggers including myself have come together to share ways you can celebrate this month with your children, and the best part is that we are also having a giveaway, and linky. So be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom to have an opportunity to win some great prizes!

I used A Kid's Guide to Latino History: More than 50 Activities (A Kid's Guide series) for ideas on making this party memorable, and fun for the kids. This book has more than 50 activities, and offers a brief history of the contributions of Latinos throughout history. 

Now let's go to the fiesta!  We're going to start with the food.  Since it's a kids fiesta I wanted to go with simple, and easy "finger foods." Something I could prep in a minute on the day of the fiesta or ahead of time.  I work full-time, and have very limited free time.  Thankfully, I have an amazing group of multicultural moms that offered great suggestions!

So I went with these sweets, and treats: 

Brigadeiros - Brazil  - click on the link for a delish recipe from The Piri-Piri Lexicon. 

Tembleque - Puerto Rico

Churros - Mexico - I didn't make these but bought them from the local Mexican taquería.

Tostadas - Guatemala - Fellow blogger Kristen from Toddling in the Fast Lane shared with me this simple recipe for Guatemalan tostadas, and the best part is that the kids assembled them themselves! I bought corn tostadas, refried beans, and queso fresco.  I warmed up the refried beans a little, and the kids spread it over the tostadas, and sprinkled queso fresco over it. 

Mexican Street Vendor Fruit  - Becky from Kid World Citizen suggested I try out Tajín on fresh fruit for a healthy alternative to the sweets!

Tuna Spread Mini-Sandwiches I used a simple tuna spread recipe that Diana from LadydeeLG shared with me.  It's tuna, and mayo with olive oil. Put all the ingredients in the blender to make it into a spread. It was delicious!

Chips and Dips 

Goya drinks 

If you have the time to spare, and are looking to whip up a multicultural meal for your Hispanic Heritage Month fiesta be sure to check out Multicultural Kids Blog multicultural cooking Pinterest board.

As the guests arrived  I gave them a brief explanation of the displays, and of the foods. 

We started our fiesta with story time reading Tito Puente, Mambo King/Tito Puente, Rey del Mambo (Pura Belpre Honor Books - Illustration Honor), and I gave the kids instruments to play with as I read the story (there's a part that the reader says, ♫tum, taca, tum♫).  Once story time concluded some children went on to make there very own güiros and the other children made Mexican tissue paper flower

The kids truly enjoyed themselves they made Latin inspired crafts, made their own tostadas, jammed to "AQUI, ALLA" by Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band music, and even played lotería!

We certainly kicked-off Hispanic Heritage Month in a blast! Now scroll some more so you can link-up and have an opportunity to win great prizes!

This post is part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Series hosted by Multicultural Kid Blogs.