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Short Spanish poems by Douglas Wright about spring.

April is National Poetry Month! Celebrate with these short Spanish poems about spring. They are by Douglas Wright, a well-known artist, poet and author from Argentina. He generously shares his work on his blog El jardín de Douglas and gives me permission to share it on Spanish Playground. Douglas Wright illustrates his work. Kids love the drawings, and the art helps them understand the short Spanish poems. Click through on the title of these poem to see the illustrations on…

Spanish sequencing cards for the Itsy Bitsy Spider to use with language learners.

The Itsy Bitsy Spider is a wonderful fingerplay to do with language learners. You can do lots of fun related activities to add more language. In Spanish, the rhyme is known as La araña pequeñita, La itzi bitzi araña, Winsy, winsy araña or Wichi, wichi araña. With these printable Spanish sequencing cards you can get more language learning out of the rhyme. The link to the printable is at the end of the post. Like most traditional rhymes, the words…

Spanish cup covers for spring |Spanish Playground

Printable Spanish cup covers are an easy way to get more language into your daily routine or a special event. Below you will find Spanish cup covers with words and pictures related to spring. I use paper cups for all kinds of activities with kids learning Spanish. We count into cups and use them for sorting. We hide things under them and stack them into pyramids. I also use cups to hold sets of small picture cards as we work…

Draw a Spanish song is a language activity using art and music.

Dibujo rítmico, or rhythmic drawing, is one of the most original language learning ideas I’ve seen in a long time. Cantoalegre shares this marvelous activity on their website Música Libre, where they also have free downloads and other resources related to children’s music. Although these videos were created for native speakers, they are excellent material for second language learners. Dibujo rítmico consists of illustrating lyrics to the rhythm of the music. The Spanish song and the drawing were composed together…

Spanish Valentine activities that are easy to prepare and fun for kids.

This week many classes and families are celebrating Valentine’s Day. You’ll find a variety of Valentine’s activities on Spanish Playground already, but here are eight new Spanish Valentine activities to keep kids engaged with language as they think about friendship and love. Bubble Letter Poster Kids can color the bubble letters in these Valentine words and phrases. You can also download similar posters in color. Take a look at the other versions and ideas for using posters with language learners…

Mandala coloring pages to use with kids learning Spanish.

Mandalas are circle drawings, art patterns that integrate figures, geometric forms and colors around a unifying center. Mandalas occur in nature, art and architecture. They can be used to present information and show the relationship of parts. Mandala coloring pages are an excellent way to integrate art and academic content.  You can learn more about mandalas and their use in educational settings at the Mandala Project. The repetition and connections in mandalas make coloring them an excellent activity for language…

Printable poster of Spanish Valentine words and activities for using them with kids.

I am so appreciative of how technology and printers make it possible to present kids with language in different ways.  A simple poster of Spanish Valentine words can be used for a variety of games and activities to engage children with text.  The image can be projected for a group or kids can work with their own copy. There are two versions of this printable poster of Spanish Valentine words. One has a red background and the other has a…

Hands-on Spanish games using stick bombs teach children vocabulary.

I’m always looking for hands-on Spanish games. The more kids physically interact with words by moving them and ordering them, the more likely they are to remember them. Hands-on Spanish games also keep my most active students engaged and having fun. Recently FrugalFun4Boys.com had a post about making stick bombs with wooden craft (Popsicle) sticks. I use wooden craft sticks for all kinds of word and sentence activities, so I thought that Spanish games using stick bombs would be a…

Spanish Valentine phrases for kids to use in cards.

I think the cutest Valentine’s cards are the ones kids make themselves. You can find tons of fun ideas for using different shapes and materials online. If you have kids who like to do crafts, making cards and adding Spanish Valentine phrases is an excellent language activity. These are common Spanish Valentine phrases that children can add to cards for friends, family and teachers. Some lend themselves to specific shapes related to a key word, while others are general Spanish…

Preschool Spanish students color these cup covers as a language activity.

I use paper cups for all kinds of activities in preschool Spanish. We count into cups and use them for sorting. We hide things under them and stack them into pyramids. I also use cups to hold sets of small picture cards as we work with vocabulary. Of course, they are great for snacks, too. I made a Me llamo cup cover as an easy way for kids in kindergarten and preschool Spanish to put their names on cups. They…

Five spanish gifts for kids.

This time of year lots of parents are asking me about fun Spanish gifts for their kids. Language learning products are often expensive, so if you are buying for the holidays and can find Spanish gifts that your child will like, it works out well. Here are a few fun items to get you started. They appeal to a variety of ages and levels. Spot It: Basic Spanish If you would like one of your Spanish gifts to be a…

Thanksgiving coloring pages in Spanish to teach children vocabulary.

This coloring page is a part of a set of Thanksgiving coloring pages with vocabulary. It is a good way to practice Spanish transportation words. The sentence at the top says Doy gracias por los medios de transporte (I’m thankful for transportation). It is a excellent prompt for talking about different forms of transportation because in addition to naming them, you can talk about when we use them and how they make our lives easier. Thanksgiving Coloring Pages Download the…

Thanksgiving activities for kids teach gratitude and why it is important.

Journey to the Gratitude Garden or Viaje al jardín de la gratitud is without a doubt one of the best Thanksgiving activities for kids that I have seen. Leanna at All Done Monkey created this activity and has generously agreed to let me share it here for Spanish learners. Please refer to Journey to the Gratitude Garden: Activity for Thanksgiving on her blog for a description of how to do this wonderful activity. El viaje al jardín de la gratitud…

A list of inexpensive supplies to teach language to kids.

I am always looking for materials that make teaching Spanish to young children easier. Because my littlest students do not read and write yet, I need activities to engage them and support the meaning of the language. When I look for supplies to teach language, I try to find material that is: inexpensive hands-on easy to transport interesting to kids useful in creating a story I use these 10 supplies to teach language all the time and can usually make…

Hispanic heritage month activity with kids.

This post is a part of the Hispanic Heritage Month Blog Hop sponsored by Multicultural Kid Blogs. This group of parents and educators has come together to share great resources for celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month. We are also giving away fabulous prizes. Enter the giveaway below! Cooking is a great language activity for so many reasons! It is hands-on and an activity that parents and kids do together. Like language, cooking takes practice, so there is lots of built-in repetition…