“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.”
– Marcus Garvey
There is so much diversity among the Latino populations. Cultures are rich in traditions, language, music, food, and in ordinary everyday life. It’s important to instill the love of ones culture in children to create a source of pride and confidence in displaying their authentic cultural heritage. It contributes to their identity growing up. It opens children’s understanding of diversity and cultural competence. Teaching children about different cultural traditions allows them to make connections to their own experiences and what they are learning. Hispanic Heritage month kicked off September 15 and ends October
- Arts & Crafts: Cut out Papel Picado or decorate little pinatas. These activities are fun and help your toddler develop their fine motor skills. I found this fun and easy Pinata Activity and Mini Mariachi Activity that you can re-create with your little one.
- Cook a favorite traditional meal with your toddler. This is a great way to involve your little ones in showing them how food is prepared and make a traditional food that they can enjoy. Here is an easy guacamole recipe but you can get more creative and elaborate with your traditional food option.
Easy Guacamole Recipe
2 ripe avocados
1 small onion
1 clove garlic
1 small tomato
1 1/2 Tbsp lime juice (or juice of 1 fresh lime)
salt and pepper to add to taste
- Teach a new Spanish song. I came across this fun book called Arroz con leche: canciones y ritmos populares de América Latina. I love that this book contains a collection of songs and rhymes from various Latin American countries.
- Teach about the diversity of Latina American countries. I saw this idea and thought it would be a great idea teach my daughter about other countries and the diversity of Latinos by coloring flags. You can focus on teaching your little one about your country’s flag as well.
- Books are always a favorite! Here is a list of fun books that incorporate culture and how it is growing up in another country while embracing your own traditions.
- Community events. I always like to take advantage of free community events that I can take my daughter. These events usually involve traditional food and music. These are fun ways to expose her to her own culture and create her own experiences living in a bicultural world.