FREE Printable Cinco De Mayo Craft Hat for Kids

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We have a way to make celebrating any holiday that much more fun…hats!!! This printable Cinco de Mayo craft hat is the perfect thing to make the day more festive. Just print, color and wear! They’re perfect for kids of any age.

Of course, these FREE PRINTABLES for kids are super fun, but they’re more than that. They’re an opportunity to improve pencil (or crayon) grasp, fine motor skills, visual perceptual skills, visual motor integration and so much more!

Fun Facts About Cinco de Mayo

  • This holiday celebrates when Mexico achieved a major victory against the French at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.
  • Cinco de Mayo is not a big holiday in Mexico and is celebrated more in America since 1933.
  • The holiday’s most beloved dish is mole poblano.
  • Americans eat millions of avocados on May 5th in the form of guacamole.

To learn more about Cinco de Mayo, check out this article from National Geographic Kids.

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printable Cinco de Mayo Craft hat

Whether you make this holiday hat with your kids at home, in the library, at school, or really…anywhere, we know that your child is going to love exploring their creative side. Let them really make it their own with crayons, markers, paints, glitter, stickers, tissue paper squares, beads, pompoms…whatever you have on hand.

Supplies from the Bag

To keep things simple, we stick to the same master list of basic craft supplies for every single craft that you see on this site. Once your bag’s filled, you’re all set. No extra prep needed, no running to the store at the last minute or not making a craft at all because you didn’t have what you needed on hand.

Step 1: Download and Print

Download and print the Cinco de Mayo hat you see here. Printing onto heavy cardstock works best.

Step 2: Color

Use markers or crayons to color your hat. Write your name on the front. Add any other details to your hat, such as stickers, stamping, glitter or anything that you would like.

Cinco de Mayo Craft Hat coloring

Step 3: Cut

Now, cut out the Cinco de Mayo hat that you’ve colored and decorated, including the back strap.

Cinco de Mayo craft hat cutting it out

Step 4: Wear

Glue the band to one side of your hat. Then size it to fit, cut away the excess and glue the other side in place so that your hat fits properly. Wear your hat proudly to celebrate Cinco de Mayo!

Cinco de Mayo Craft Hat to color

Amp Up the Fun with these Ideas for Using This Free Coloring Activity

Coloring with crayons or markers is a fun and simple activity that is portable and good on so many levels. But there’s nothing that says you need to stick with just crayons when playing with these free printable bookmarks.

Start with coloring your hat and then add things from your craft bag (we stick to the same 27 items for every craft on this site so that once you fill your bag, you are all set to make anything you find here…yay!

Get the master list to fill your bag so that you can craft along too.) Put pieces of tissue paper on areas that you want to texture. Or add washi tape for some interesting patterns. Maybe you want to add fluff with cotton balls.

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Cinco de Mayo hat

How to Improve Core Strength with Coloring

This next little tip will not only help improve your child’s core strength, but it will also improve should and wrist stability. It’s super simple. Just tape the color page onto the wall and color on the vertical surface. Another position you can try is to have your child lay on their back under a table with the coloring page taped to the bottom of the table. Then they will just reach up to color the page.

One last position to try is to sit at a table but turn your child’s seat sideways so that their back is not supported. This will force them to engage those core muscles in order to sit up straight.

Tips for Improving Fine Motor Skills

I know that when coloring with little ones, there are all kinds of special crayons out there that you can buy, but don’t bother. Instead, just break your regular crayons in half. Trust me. I know that it’s nice to have beautiful new crayons, but they are better tools for promoting fine motor skills when broken. Take it from an occupational therapist with years of experience. This makes it almost impossible for children to grasp the crayon with a fisted grasp and instead to use fingertips, moving toward a mature grasp for better writing when the time comes.

Gently encourage your child to use fingertips to hold the crayon, but then let them use their own creativity to color the picture, even going outside of the lines if they haven’t yet mastered staying inside the lines.

More Tips for Using Coloring Activities for Kids

We’re always telling kids that they need to stay inside the lines when coloring, but the truth is that little ones aren’t necessarily developmentally ready for that. Generally speaking, kids should begin coloring inside the lines by about ages 5 to 6. If your child is in that age range and still scribbling like crazy, try this…

Before having your child color on the page, go around some of the main borders of the picture with a bead of Elmer’s glue (let it dry overnight) or hot glue. This way there is a tactile border in addition to the visual border to follow.

For even more ways to maximize the experience of coloring with your kids and using this resource as a developmental tool, check out this article from Ready Hands for Kindergarten.

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