This free printable Cinco de Mayo word search will help kids learn about this Mexican holiday- and have fun! These puzzles are the perfect way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at home or at school!

Get ready to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with these free, fun and challenging word searches! Perfect for kids of all ages, these word search will test your knowledge of the culture and history associated with this important Mexican holiday.

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With both easy and hard options- there’s sure to be something for everyone. So break out a pencil and get ready for some festive fun!


cinco de mayo word searches


What is Cinco de Mayo?

Cinco de Mayo is an important holiday celebrated in Mexico and by Mexican-Americans around the world.

It commemorates the Mexican Army’s victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862.

The battle was a turning point in Mexico’s struggle for independence, and today it is celebrated with parades, parties, music and traditional food.

Cinco de Mayo has become a popular cultural celebration throughout North America as well. If you visit Mexican restaurants on May 5th, you might find quite a party!


Free Printable Cinco de Mayo Word Search for Kids

Kids love any reason to celebrate- and Cinco de Mayo  is no exception. Use one of these free printable Cinco de Mayo word searches as a jumping off point for your Cinco de Mayo celebration or discussion.

They are perfect for introducing Cinco de Mayo vocabulary to kids and helping them learn about this important Mexican holiday.

There are 2 different Cinco de Mayo word search printables to choose from- one easy and one more difficult. 


Ways to Use the Printable Cinco de Mayo Word Searches

Word searches are a fun pastime for people of all ages. They have tons of benefits too- from relaxation to anxiety relief to stimulating the brain. 

When it comes to kids, word searches have even more benefits. Such as:

  • Help with word development
  • Learning to spell
  • Improving vocabulary
  • Developing problem solving skills
  • Pattern recognition
  • Improve memory

And many more! They are great for the brain and for a screen-free entertainment option!

Here are a few ways to use these free printable Cinco de Mayo word searches:

  • As a anxiety relieving or calming activity. Word searches occupy the mind and keep it off of stressful thoughts.
  • As a car ride activity. Just add a pencil and clipboard and you have a fun screen-free activity for a long trip.
  • As part of a Cinco de Mayo celebration for your homeschool/classroom.
  • As an easy Cinco de Mayo activity on May 5th.
  • To jump start discussions about the Cinco de Mayo history and traditions.
  • As part of a larger Cinco de Mayo learning unit in your homeschool or classroom.


cinco de mayo wordsearch example pages


Download the Free Printable Cinco de Mayo Word Searches


Cinco de Mayo Word Search #1

This first printable Cinco de Mayo word search can double as a coloring page!

It’s great for younger kids and it’s less difficult with words only going up and down- no backwards or diagonal. 

This easy word search has 17 words.


cinco de mayo word search coloring page



Cinco de Mayo Word Search #2

The second Cinco de Mayo word search is more difficult and is better for kids who are a little older or love a challenge.

It has 27 different words that can go in any direction- forwards, backwards, up, down, or diagonally.


hard cinco de mayo word search


You are free to use these Cinco de Mayo word searches for personal use at home or in the classroom. Please don’t share the file, but if you’d like to share the word search with friends, please forward this page to them so that they can download the file themselves. These downloads may not be used in any commercial fashion. 


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