Discover new flavours discover a new country, cook with your family… that’s what the celebration of Cinco de Mayo is all about on this symbolic date in Mexico.

In Spanish, cinco de Mayo means “May 5”. Many people think it is Mexico’s Independence Day, but in fact, it is the commemoration of a military victory that took place on May 5, 1862.

On that day, General Ignacio Zaragoza’s Mexican forces defeated Napoleon III’s troops against all odds.

To mark this anniversary, we suggest you cook a tasty Mexican snack: guacamole!


Step 1 : Preparation

The following ingredients must be combined:

  • 4 avocados;
  • 2 limes (for the juice) or 1 lemon (also for the juice);
  • 1 tomato; 
  • 1 green onion;
  • ¼ cup of fresh coriander;
  • Corn chips or pitas cut into pieces and toasted in the oven.

Step 2 : Mix it all up!

In a bowl, using a fork, mash the avocado flesh while adding the freshly squeezed lime or lemon juice. Add the diced tomato and finely chopped green onion and cilantro.


Mix all of the ingredients well. Salt and pepper to taste and that’s it!

Step 3 : Dig in!

It’s ready!

You can serve guacamole as a dip with corn chips or pieces of pita that you have toasted in the oven. Then enjoy! Yum! And as we say in Spanish, Salud (to your health!)!


On today’s logbook page, kids can document today’s activity. For example, by drawing each step of the recipe and its ingredients. The possibilities are endless!


We invite parents to ask their kids questions about today’s activity to feed and improve on their journal entry as well as to engage them in a nice conversation. Here are some questions you can ask:

  • Do you know other countries than Mexico?
  • What step of this recipe did you like to do the best?
  • Name other dips you like.

Did you know...

  • …Today, Cinco de Mayo is more celebrated in the United States than in Mexico, except for in the Mexican state of Puebla. The celebration takes place mainly in California, where there is a large population of Mexican origin.
  • In the Mexican state of Puebla, Cinco de Mayo is a month-long festival!
  • Mexicans love lime. In Mexico, you will find it in almost all the dishes!


To take this activity further, you can make a homemade piñata! Click here  to watch an easy tutorial. 


Activity by Matante Claudette.