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Monday, September 30, 2013

Mexican Fiesta

We had a fun-filled week celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a Mexican Fiesta.

We started the week with strips of newspaper and starch to create a pinata. We had to dip the strips in the starch and then place them on a big round balloon. 

Before decorating, we had to let it dry.

We used diluted glue and pieces of colored tissue paper to make our pinata bright and colorful.
To get into the spirit of a fiesta, we tried on sombreros and serapes.
Our fiesta wouldn't be complete without doing the Mexican Hat Dance. We kicked and jumped, walked and ran around the sombrero to the Mexican Hat Dance tune.
We read and reread the books by Ann Whitford Paul- Tortuga in Trouble, Manana Iguana, Fiesta Fiasco and Count on Culebra. We learned some Spanish by reading them over and over again.
Maracas make such awesome music. We used plastic cups to decorate and fill with beans. When dry, we jumped like Mexican jumping beans and shook our maracas to "La Cucaracha".
We practiced making tacos with fun foam shapes.
 For lunch one day we made real tacos. 

We ended the week with our fiesta. We took turns smacking the pinata as we counted in Spanish.
At last we broke it open to find plenty of treats for all!
For snack we made sopaipillas and dipped them in honey.

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