Shapes, or las formas in Spanish, are basic vocabulary that children learn in preschool and kindergarten. There are many online games for kids designed to teach native speakers the shapes in Spanish that work well for introducing or reviewing the vocabulary with children learning the language. These online games are not just for the early grades. They are excellent for any elementary school student learning Spanish.
All of these online games have native speaker audio. Although the games are intended to teach shapes in Spanish, there are repeated verb forms and other language that kids will understand and begin to learn.
Shapes in Spanish from Ciudad 17
Ciudad 17 has two online activities to teach shapes. The first, Aprendemos las formas, presents the shapes in Spanish. Pieces come together to form, for example, a square, and then the child hears Esto es un cuadrado. For this activity, children watch and listen.
The second activity is a game. From this menu, click on Contar, formas y colores. Children see a scene and listen to instructions. For example, they will hear Haz clic sobre los cuadrados rojos. When the player clicks on the red squares, she will hear Muy bien. Ahora vamos contarlos. 1, 2 – hay dos cuadrados.
Ciudad 17 has a page of printable activities based on their online Spanish games. You can print a page, the scene from the game, to practice shapes in Spanish with your child. You can also reinforce other language that she heard in the game: Ahora vamos a contarlos. Hay cuarto círculos. Muy bien.
Spanish Shapes from Tu Discovery Kids
Tu Discovery Kids has a game called Jugando con las formas. There are four levels. Although the instructions may seem fast, the language of the game itself is appropriate for children learning Spanish.
In Nivel 1 and Nivel 2, players are shown a shape and told to click on it. In Level 1, they click on an outline of the shape, and in Level 2 they find the shape in a picture. The instructions say Haz clic sobre la figura que crees correcta. Ahora, busca un triángulo. Then, the second sentence is repeated with all the shapes: Ahora, busca un círculo.
In Level 3, players connect dots to make a shape. They see the shape and and hear the same sentence each time: Ahora, dibuja un rectángulo. Ahora, dibuja un pentágono.
In Level 4, there is less audio. Players click on different images to make a picture – the pieces just float into place. It is a good activity for reviewing the Spanish shapes if you talk about how the shape forms the basis for a new picture.
Shapes in Spanish from RENa
RENa is the Red Escolar Nacional of the Venezuelan government. It has lots of activities at many different levels. For all the activities, there is audio and the text also appears on screen. The activities also use a variety of natural sentence structures, an excellent feature for children learning Spanish.
This activity to learn the shapes in Spanish is called El mundo de las formas. On each screen there is a picture of a child that serves as a guide and gives directions. Advance the screens with the arrows in the lower left corner. After the welcome screen, kids will hear, and see the text: Descubre los objetos con forma de círculo haciendo clic sobre el mío. Each time they click on the circle beside the guide, a circle-shaped object will appear. All of the objects will be named, so this is a good way to learn and practice common vocabulary: moneda, pelota, plato, anillo, rueda, pizza, sol.
On the screens that follow, players identify objects that are circle-shaped and then match objects. Again, for these screens there is audio to reinforce the words for the Spanish shapes. After several activities with the circle, the game moves on to a new shape. For all of the shapes, the activities have clear audio, on-screen text and use simple, natural sentences.
Children learn shapes in their first language when they are very young, however these online games are excellent for elementary school students who are learning Spanish. They will learn the shapes in Spanish and also hear useful verbs, natural sentence structures and correct pronunciation.
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