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Kids practice Spanish vowels and vocabulary with a printable activity and video.

With this printable activity, kids practice vocabulary and the Spanish vowels. The words on the printable are introduced in the free video Los juguetes del mercado and used in the Spanish Playground toy app for iphone and ipad. Watching the video and playing with the app, kids hear the words pronounced correctly. The video and app are a good way to prepare to do the printable activity. The video and app also teach the verb form veo which is used…

Pattern games for kids learning Spanish.

Sequences, or patterns, of objects or shapes are a simple, fun task that can be done on paper or with physical items kids can manipulate. If you create a context for pattern games, they are also an opportunity to use verbs and vocabulary in sentences and in situations that make sense. Of course, just talking about a pattern and what comes next can also be an effective way to work with vocabulary and introduce language used to talk about sequences…

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…

Spanish syllables in a fun clapping game for kids.

Rhythm and word stress are an important part of correct pronunciation. I do lots of clapping and jumping games with Spanish syllables to make sure children are stressing words correctly. Clapping, jumping and toe tapping are excellent ways to combine movement and language. As a general rule, kids who are moving and speaking Spanish are learning and having fun! I recently saw a Cantoalegre video with a clapping activity with Spanish syllables. Cantoalegre is an amazing non-profit organization in Colombia…

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…

A printable list of Spanish rhymes for kids to greet each other and use when playing.

My students have lots of fun playing and experimenting with rhyme. Spanish rhymes are easy to make and recognize, partly because of verb forms: habló, bailó, cantó, hablando, bailando, cantando, etc. Playing with Spanish rhymes, children explore the mechanics of language. They find out how language works and become familiar with the relationship between sounds and letters – information that helps them decode the sounds that make up words when they are reading. Playing with Spanish rhymes also helps build…

Spanish winter words and activities for language learners.

We have turned the corner on winter and the days are getting longer! There is still plenty of cold left though. For many of us, cold and winter create the context for the language we use with kids. It determines the clothes they wear, the games they play and how they feel. Spanish winter words are a natural part of our daily routine. Try these activities to talk about winter with your language learners. Activities with Spanish Winter Words Printable…

Online Spanish stories for pre-readers, Spanish learners and children with special needs.

Aprendices Visuales creates online Spanish stories supported by pictograms. In the description of the project, the creators explain that the goal is to provide children with special needs, pre-readers, and others with stories that have additional visual support. This is an excellent resource for language learners. Aprendices Visuales has two collections of stories: Aprende and Disfruta. There are 15 stories in the collection titled Aprende. These online Spanish stories use lots of basic vocabulary. Some center around places: el parque…

Printable pages for kids to practice Spanish color words.

Spanish color words are some of the first vocabulary children learn. I introduce colors in context, with other words, so that children hear how the adjectives agree. I also teach the structure es de color… so that kids can produce correct sentences right away. With these printables, kids color the letters of the Spanish color words to match the meaning. I include small pictures and in my classes I let kids can color the drawings however they like. Then we…

Top Spanish activities for kids in 2014 from Spanish Playground.

In 2014, readers viewed almost 2 million pages (1,966,896 page views from Jan 1- Dec 30) on Spanish Playground. Which Spanish activities were viewed most often? You can find them listed below. Of course, what was most popular has a lot to do with Google search results, but it also tells me that teachers and parents continue to look for easy-to-use, communicative Spanish activities. You are also looking for more sources with ideas to engage kids with language in creative…

Resolutions for Spanish learning for parents of language learners.

Another year is about to begin. This is a good time for families to take stock of where their children are in learning Spanish. As I was raising my three kids speaking Spanish, I asked myself how to make the most of our time together to enhance their language skills. Today I’m sharing the resolutions for Spanish learning that I came back to again and again, in the hope that they will be helpful to you. Have more fun! Play…

Spanish Christmas carols teach vocabulary and structures to language learners.

Christmas carols can be an excellent language learning tool for children learning Spanish. In Spanish, carols are villancicos. You can find many Spanish Christmas carols online. Children are familiar with the melodies and meanings of many traditional carols. Because Spanish-speaking countries are predominantly Catholic, these songs are also culturally relevant. If singing Spanish Christmas carols fits in with your family’s beliefs and values, they are a fun way for children to learn and practice Spanish. These are the first Spanish…

Teaching kindness and kind language is important for kids learning Spanish.

At Spanish Playground we are working with Kids Yoga Stories to create activities to teach children Spanish and yoga through basic concepts. We want to give you simple activities, both for Spanish and yoga, that you can work into a busy schedule. We will bring you these activities in a series of monthly posts: Easy Spanish-Easy Yoga. In addition to yoga, I’ll mention other language activities you can use with Spanish learners related to the theme of the month. This…