How To Make a Family Traditions Theme Loteria and Enjoy La Merienda

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HOw to make a famiy traditions theme loteria and enjoy la merienda
We love to play board games at my house, we even take them when we go out of town and play at the hotel, pool, airplane. From Monopoly, UNO and one of our favorites Loteria, which I introduced to my children a few years ago and they loved it! With all the distractions our family is exposed to these days, TV, electronics etc.. Playing board games really  brings the family together as well as La Merienda a Hispanic tradition, one of our favorite times of the day which reminds me of when I was a girl, my grandmother use to makes us Mexican hot chocolate) and pan dulce (Sweet bread) La Merienda or dinner time is very important in the Hispanic culture, it’s a time to talk about our day, relax and enjoy our family time.  I have to agree that our busy lives sometimes takes away that tradition because we want the kids to go to bed as early as possible, that’s why at my house we play a board game during La Merienda.

HOw to make a famiy traditions theme loteria and enjoy la merienda
There’s no other board game more Hispanic than Loteria, that’s why I decided to make one based on our family traditions and here’s step by step how to make a Family Traditions theme Loteria.

HOw to make a famiy traditions theme loteria and enjoy la merienda
Here’s what you need:

  1. Card Board or Construction Paper
  2. Glue stick
  3. Scissors
  4. Marker
  5. Photos
  6. MARS Chocolate to use instead of beans

How to make the Family Traditions Theme Loteria:

HOw to make a famiy traditions theme loteria and enjoy la merienda

  • Decide how many Loteria boards you’re going to make, 4,6,8 or more. (Traditional Loteria is  54 images and there are 16 images on each board. I went overboard and put more photos  on the board to make it more fun, but you can do it as you like)
  • Select some of  your favorite family photos. When choosing them think of names you’re going to give the images to call them out when playing Loteria. I chose some of our  favorite moments in the last few years as well as photos it will make my kids laugh.
  • Make a grid of 4 different photos, you can use Apps like Pickmonkey.
  • On your computer, reduce the image to 10% and print them either in color of B/W.
  • For the deck of cards, you need to print each of the photos in my case 60 photos, I  reduced them to 20%

HOw to make a famiy traditions theme loteria and enjoy la merienda

  • Cut the grids to have 4 different photos.

HOw to make a famiy traditions theme loteria and enjoy la merienda

  • Grab your 8 1/2 x 11 inches card board or construction paper and cut it in half, that will make 2 cards.
  • Glue the photos to your boards, they key is to make sure you mix them up and keep them random, each card has to be different although some of the same  images can be on a other cards, it needs to have other images otherwise no one will win. (It almost happen to me when making it! so be careful otherwise it would be Bingo!)
  • Cut the photos for the deck of cards.

HOw to make a famiy traditions theme loteria and enjoy la merienda

  • To make it easier you can write the names of the images on the back of the card, what I did was to cut thin pieces of card board paper and glued them to the back of the card, where I wrote the names.
  • Choosing what you will name the image is part of the fun, think of fun name

HOw to make a famiy traditions theme loteria and enjoy la merienda
You’re ready to play Loteria!

HOw to make a famiy traditions theme loteria and enjoy la merienda
I bought a bag of MARS Caramel Lovers Mixed Fun Size Candy Bars and Minis Mix: Variety Pack Chocolate at Walmart where they have a great selection of MARS chocolates, I love the mini size for our Loteria plus you can satisfy your chocolate craving without eating a whole chocolate.

HOw to make a famiy traditions theme loteria and enjoy la merienda

  • Next, The caller, in this case me,  reads a deck card and who ever has that image on their board card puts a piece of chocolate on the image.
  • The player who fills his board card with pieces of chocolate first wins and in this case gets to eat the chocolate!

It was so much fun to make our Family Traditions themed Loteria and play it! My kids had a blast and it was one of our best Meriendas, because we got to talk about our favorite moments on the pictures, we laughed and remember great memories! It was a sweet family time which is what La Merienda is all about!


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  1. What a lovely idea to use your own pictures to create a Loteria =) thanks for participating in this shop #client

  2. What a nice DIY love the personalization, thanks for participating in this shop #client