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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 these verses are common:
Dale, dale, dale,
No pierdas el tino,
Porque si lo pierdes
Pierdes el camino.

Dale, dale, dale,
No pierdas el tino,
Mide la distancia
Que hay en el camino.

Ya le diste una,
Ya le diste dos,
ya le diste tres,
y tu tiempo se acabó.

No quiero oro,
No quiero plata,
Yo lo que quiero,
Es romper la piñata.

In addition to color and number vocabulary, you can use these words to describe the tradition of the piñata as your child colors the Spanish Christmas color-by-number sheet.

la piñata – piñata
la estrella – star
los picos – points
el palo – stick (to break the piñata)
llenar – to fill
romper – to break
los dulces, las naranjas, los cacahuates – candy, oranges, peanuts (traditional fillings)

Spanish Christmas Printable Activity

Color-by-Number – La Piñata

spanish christmas color by number

El nacimiento
The nacimiento, or nativity scene, is another Christmas tradition in Mexico and the rest of the Spanish-speaking world. Un nacimiento is also called un pesebre or un belén. In other countries there are also many nativity scenes, but they usually include the Child Jesus from the time they are set up. In Latin America, the baby does not appear until Christmas Eve.

In addition to color and number vocabulary, you can use these words to describe the tradition of the nacimiento as your child colors the Spanish Christmas color-by-number sheet.

el nacimiento – nativity scene
María – Mary
José – Joseph
el Niño Jesús – Baby Jesus
el establo – stable
el pesebre – manger
la vaca – cow
el burro – donkey

Spanish Christmas Activity

Color-by-Number – El Nacimiento

You can make your own nacimiento using printable templates online like these:
From Marloes de Vries – a nativity scene that you can download and print in color or black and white.

From Learn Create Love – a printable nativity scene


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