Category: Crafts

As a part of a Multicultural Kid Blogs group, I have the opportunity to learn more about many different world cultures and religions. Recently two members, the voices behind All Done Monkey and Creative World Of Varya, published an e-book collection of crafts and activities for families in anticipation of the Bahá’í holiday of Ayyam-i-Ha which begins on February 26. I asked if I could share the book here because several of the activities are particularly good language learning ideas…

One of the most exciting things about working on Spanish Playground is sharing innovative materials like the books from Custom Literacy. This new company creates beautiful printable books and e-books for Spanish learners and Spanish speakers. These books are designed to help children learn to read and are filled with Latino culture. They are for pre-K through second grade and are a wonderful addition to the growing library of Spanish language books published in the United States. In these books…

I am always happy to find a new song to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids learning Spanish. This song by Mariana Iranzi has vocabulary and verb forms that kids recognize. In addition, it is at a tempo that children can easily sing. The song provides the opportunity to talk about figurative language. Kids can identify how, in the song, a heart is like the sun, a nightingale, a drum and a flower. The video for the song is made with…

This picture with hidden hearts can be used in lots of different ways to engage kids with Spanish. You can use it for speaking, listening or writing activities. Here are a few suggestions You will be able to think of other ideas for using this Spanish Valentine activity. Kids can: – Look for and count the hearts to practice numbers and the word el corazón. – Color the hearts to practice colors. – Look for and count the hearts to…

These printable Valentine cards are made for kids to color and give to friends or family. They are perfect for Spanish language learners because the picture on the card helps kids understand the message. As kids color the cards, be sure to talk about the message and the picture. Use the vocabulary for the objects in the drawings and point to the pictures. This is easiest to do if you color a set of cards, too. You will find the…

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with kids. It focuses on love and friendship, and cards and gifts for children are traditionally small and relatively simple. In addition, the Spanish Valentines have a built-in language component for children as they read or write the cards. If you have Spanish learners giving candy, cookies or other small treats for Valentine’s Day, making these printable boxes is good language activity. The Spanish phrases use common vocabulary and they…

My classes start the first week of February, so I am in Manzanillo, Mexico for a couple of weeks. It is pretty quiet on Spanish Playground right now, but I am working on new Valentine cards and printable treat boxes that I’ll share as soon as they are done. I think my students are going to love the boxes! Until then, here are a few Spanish Valentine games and cards to use with kids learning the language. Valentine’s day is Día…

Children all over the world sing about elephants swinging on a spider’s web, and keep singing and singing as they add more elephants. Un elefante se balanceaba is one of the best known Spanish songs for kids. It is a counting song with a rhythm and rhyme that help children learn the words. With each verse, children add another elephant to the web. Like most traditional children’s songs, there are several variations of Un elefante se balanceaba. For example, you…

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