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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…

Free Spanish activity book from the EPA helps children learn to protect the planet.

Earth Day, El día de la Tierra, is April 22. Children will be hearing and thinking about how to care for the planet. What they know about protecting the Earth in English will help them understand and learn the same concepts in Spanish. Try activities from this free Spanish activity book with language learners. Free Spanish Activity Book from the EPA – 12-page activity book on conserving resources – Games are simple and very focused. – Page can be used…

Activities for celebrating Earth Day in Spanish.

Earth Day in Spanish is Día de la Tierra. It is celebrated all over the world on April 22. Earth Day is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of our impact on the Earth and share the beauty of this amazing planet with kids. Spanish activities that deal with protecting the Earth include lots of verbs and natural world vocabulary. Below you will find activities for talking about the planet with Spanish learners at a variety of levels. You can…

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…

Active Spanish games and songs for language learners.

It is spring! The activities below get kids moving as they teach language about the season. These suggestions for active Spanish learning are part of the Easy Spanish-Easy Yoga series. You can find more information about the series at the end of the post. Songs with actions combine the power of music and movement. As they sing songs, kids learn vocabulary and structures. Actions reinforce the meaning of the words and help children learn at a deeper level. Try these…

A printable Spanish vocabulary game where kids identify what is missing from a set.

This printable Spanish vocabulary game involves identifying which object is missing from a set. It is easy to make for any vocabulary you can represent with pictures. I have included an example to download at the end of the post with animal, food and natural world vocabulary. This activity is similar to the memory game where kids see a group of objects for a short time and then try to identify which one has been removed. As a language activity…

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 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…

Bilingual picture books about natural resources and our connection to the Earth.

Lee & Low recently sent me their two new bilingual picture books. These beautiful books celebrate the Earth and its natural resources. They are wonderful choices for children learning Spanish or for native speakers. New Bilingual Picture Books from Lee & Low Call Me Tree/ Llámame árbol by Maya Christina Gonzalez Call Me Tree/Llámame árbol completely captivated me the first time I read it. I love the concept – a book to wake up to – and I read it…

Spanish winter songs for language learners.

It’s cold here in Wisconsin! Singing about the season is one fun way to stay warm. With Spanish winter songs, children learn lots of seasonal vocabulary. They also are able to use verb forms and sentence structures that they can’t yet produce easily in conversation. Here are five Spanish winter songs to listen to online and sing with kids learning Spanish. Invierno, invierno Invierno, invierno ¿Por qué nos gustará? Por la nieve blanca Y por la Navidad. El frío del…

Activities for talking about a snowman in Spanish.

It’s Friday and time for the Friday Five, five low-prep activities to do with kids learning Spanish. This week, all the activities all have to do snowmen. Use these stories, videos and activities to talk about making a snowman in Spanish. 1. Spanish Together has two videos about snowmen for beginning learners. The first teaches the parts of a snowman in Spanish: Un muñeco de nieve. The second is a song called Un muñeco de nieve that teaches grande and…

Spanish Thanksgiving activities that include nature vocabulary.

It is easy to tie almost any vocabulary into Thanksgiving activities. After all, we are thankful for family, food, community helpers, our bodies, and many other things that children learn the words for in Spanish. These Spanish Thanksgiving activities teach children vocabulary related to the natural world. Coloring Pages These new coloring pages are good Spanish Thanksgiving activities for language learners. The pages Doy gracias por la naturaleza, Doy gracias por los insectos, and Doy gracias por los animales salvajes…

Short spanish poems about fall to read with children.

These  five short Spanish poems are by Douglas Wright, a well-known children’s poet and illustrator from Argentina. He writes some of my favorite poems to read with children. His poetry is based in the natural world and a child’s experiences. The poems have familiar vocabulary, patterns, and rhythm and rhyme to help children who are learning Spanish appreciate the sounds of the language. These short Spanish poems are all about fall and are perfect to read with children at this…

A Spanish vocabulary practice activity based on adding details to a drawing.

Drawing can be used for all kinds of Spanish vocabulary practice. In this printable activity, kids read short descriptions and then add the details to the houses. Finally, they choose their own details to draw in and write a description of the house. This is easy Spanish vocabulary practice, and it is fun to compare drawings. You can download the printable using the link below. You don’t need a printable for Spanish vocabulary practice with simple drawings like the house…