Hispanic Heritage Month
Finally, turn up game night with a new twist on lotería, the traditional Mexican bingo game. From the creative geniuses who brought us Lil’ Libros books comes Lil’ Lotería, a modified, kid-friendly version of the classic pastime that includes vibrant images with their corresponding words in English and Spanish.
Food is another great way to foster an appreciation and understanding during this time. This month, switch up your dinner menu so Taco Tuesday isn’t the only night connecting you to Hispanic Heritage. I love Allrecipes’ World Cuisine section for quick and easy recipes from Mexico and Spain like flan, tortillas Españolas (Spanish omelet) and carnitas. You can also mix it up by experimenting with meals from other Latin American countries with a cookbook like A Taste of Latin American.
If family movie nights are your thing, commit to choosing one or two movies this month that center around Hispanic culture. The Book of Life and Coco offer a gorgeous introduction to time-honored cultural traditions and are a great lead-up to Dia de los Muertos, which follows Hispanic Heritage Month at the beginning of November.
Learning or brushing up on Spanish is another fun and easy way to appreciate our culture throughout the month. The app Endless Spanish features adorable characters and vibrant graphics that help kids pick up common phrases. Kids ages 4 and up will love the interactive puzzles that help bring Spanish words to life while Endless monsters demonstrate meaning and context!
One of the go-to learning resources in our home is the Who Was book series. This is a perfect start for readers in grades 3 and up, as engaging and informative biographies on famous Hispanics, like artist Frida Kahlo, baseball legend Roberto Clemente, activist Cesar Chavez, Tejano music star Selena and Justice Sonia Sotomayor, will help kids understand the power of Hispanic trailblazers.
If your home is anything like ours, Disney’s Coco has been on heavy rotation on our streaming lineup since its debut. As Latinos, my kids Auggie, 8, and Luca, 5, were astonished to see their language and culture reflected on a big screen. While our Hispanic heritage is Puerto Rican and Cuban—not Mexican like the family in Coco—the mere mention of a chancleta (slipper) in a Disney film had them beaming with pride.