Category: Toys and Games

Quick and easy Spanish activities for kids.

Kids learning Spanish need to hear and play with the language every day, even if it is just for a few minutes. That is a lot of Spanish input to come up with for parents and teachers! Here are five no-prep Spanish activities to try with children. Each one only takes 5-10 minutes to do. These Spanish activities are very focused. They do not depend on teaching a set of new vocabulary. Either they can be adapted to your child’s…

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…

Did your child get a jigsaw puzzle for Christmas? Does your family do puzzles together? A jigsaw puzzle, or rompecabezas, is an excellent Spanish game for children learning the language. There is very specific vocabulary that you use over and over to talk about doing the puzzle. In addition, you can use the picture on the puzzle to introduce and practice all kinds of vocabulary. Puzzles for kids often have scenes with lots of vocabulary related to a theme such…

Tic tac toe has many names in Spanish. Three of the most common are tres en raya (Spain), gato (Mexico), and michi (Peru). Gato and michi are the name of the pound symbol, #, in Mexico and Peru. The game has other names in other countries. This very simple game is a good way to practice all kinds of vocabulary with children. All you need to do is make markers with different pictures instead of drawing Xs and Os. You…

These Christmas color-by-number pages in Spanish teach colors, numbers and Christmas vocabulary. They are an excellent opportunity to talk to children about piñatas, el nacimiento and other Christmas traditions in Spanish-speaking countries. La piñata The piñata in the picture is the traditional seven-pointed star that is broken during the posadas. Read more about the symbolism of the piñata. This is the traditional song sung while you try to break the piñata. There are slightly different versions of the words, but…

Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories and today she shares one of her favorite Spanish songs for kids with yoga! Her yoga-inspired children’s books get children moving, learning and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi and mom to write her stories found at Kids Yoga Stories or on Amazon worldwide. For many parents, “Old MacDonald” is a household staple that we remember from our own childhoods. So it’s a great introduction…

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