Category: Holidays

These culture activities for Spanish class center on the art of the arpillera.

Mundo de Pepita created these culture activities for Spanish class to introduce children to the art of the arpillera. I…

Children learn language and culture from Spanish nursery rhyme books.

There is a rich tradition of nursery rhymes and children’s songs in Spanish. My children grew up singing them, and…

Free printable activities for children to practice Spanish food vocabulary.

Food words are some of the first vocabulary we teach language learners. Learning about food lets kids talk about likes…

Spanish word-building game to practice spring vocabulary.

Working with syllables is a good way to practice vocabulary. I do a variety of word-building activities where students fill…

This Spanish syllable counting activity uses words related to Valentine's Day.

I made this Spanish syllable counting activity for Valentine’s Day, because I wanted an easy, quick way to practice pronouncing…

Rainbow Weaver is a bilingual picture book that intrduces children to the culture and art of the Mayan people.

Publisher Lee & Low has another wonderful bilingual picture books to share with children learning Spanish. Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris…

Top language news stories in 2016 included the benefits of bilingualism and the push for dual language programs.

In spite of the divisiveness that dominated much of the news in 2016, there was remarkable consensus on the benefits…

Spanish baby gifts such as music and books encourage language development and teach culture.

In recent months, I have had the good fortune to welcome several babies, and of course I choose Spanish baby…

Spanish gifts for kids and teachers keep everyone motivated and having fun with language!

New Spanish language books, games, music or toys are excellent gifts for kids. Speaking and learning a language is fun…

Use this Spanish Christmas countdown as a fun language activity in December.

Families count the days to Christmas in dozens of creative ways, from unwrapping Christmas books to doing Christmas activities. In…

These 12 phrases are different ways to say delicious in Spanish and are appropriate at any meal.

The holiday season and many holiday meals are just around the corner, so this is an excellent time for children…

Pumpkin activities in Spanish teach children science vocabuary and concepts.

Pumpkins are one of my favorite parts of fall, and not only because they make delicious pie. Pumpkin activities in…

Songs, poems, and printable pages with leaf activities in Spanish for kids.

In Wisconsin, the leaves have turned and a lot of them are on the ground. Leaf activities in Spanish are…

Photo collage of Spanish Mother’s Day activities including coloring sheets and printable bracelet.

Mother’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate moms and also to talk about family, emotions and daily routines with language…

Spanish Earth Day activities incuding songs, printable materials and picture books.

Earth Day is an opportunity for children to learn more about our planet and understand their critical role in protecting…

Spanish Valentine games and crafts help children learn language with hands-on fun.

Many Valentine’s Day activities incorporate language and can be adapted to Spanish learning. Try these hands-on Spanish Valentine games and…

An printable activity using Spanish candy hearts to teach kids language.

I love how much language is a part of Valentine’s Day. Spanish candy hearts are one great example. I made…

Spanish Valentine books teach children family vocabulary and expressions of affection as they celebrate the holiday.

On Valentine’s Day, we take time to tell our friends and family how much they mean to us. It is…

Two Spanish New Year games for kids to practice vocabulary as they celebrate.

Are you planning a New Year’s celebration with friends and family? These Spanish New Year games are fun for kids…

Mariana Llanos discusses her inspiration for her book The Wanting Monster.

Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian-born writer and mother of three. She has published six children’s books available in English and…

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to support education in Mexico by donating to Juntos!

Did you know that 95.4% of American households give to charity? Giving Tuesday is a movement that speaks to the…

Gifts for kids learning Spanish help them stay motived to learn.

Speaking and learning Spanish is fun, and we want it to stay that way for kids. A new book or…

Easy Spanish reading activity based on adding details to a picture of a snowman.

Drawing can be combined with easy Spanish reading for a fun comprehension activity. In this printable activity, kids do an…

Spanish Thanksgiving resources for teachers and parents to celebrate the holiday with kids.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Fall, food, friends and family, and acknowledging and giving thanks for all we have. There…

Spanish colors in a fun color-by-word page.

I am in Nicaragua this week working on an early literacy project. Whenever I’m here, things are a little quieter…

Spanish Halloween songs, books and activities for kids.

Kids love Halloween! The costumes, the ritual of trick or treating with friends and family, the spookiness, and, of course…

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations is a wonderful collection of poems in Spanish and English for kids ages 4-12.

I recently wrote about The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations published by Pomelo Books. This wonderful collection has 156 poems…

Spanish poems for kids in a wonderful anthology by Pomelo Books.

One of the biggest challenges elementary and middle-school Spanish teachers face is finding quality content at the right level. Pomelo…

Halloween song in Spanish by Mariana Iranzi with seasonal vocabulary.

Mariana Iranzi has a fun new Halloween song with lots of spooky Spanish vocabulary. The Halloween song is called Es…

Peru facts for kids in a reading and crossword puzzle.

It is important to introduce children to different Spanish-speaking countries. These Peru facts and crossword puzzles are a good place…

Hispanic heritage month activities for kids.

Welcome to a growing collection of Hispanic Heritage Month activities and resources. All month bloggers will be linking up articles…

Jose-Luis Orozco sings about eating right and staying healthy.

Jose-Luis Orozco is releasing ¡Come Bien! Eat Right! on Sept. 18th. This new CD is a feast of rhythm, rhyme…

Puerto Rican culture comes alive in this video from the Familes of the World series.

Are you looking for a way to share Puerto Rican culture with children? The award-winning series Families of the World…

A printable birthday poster to use with kids learning Spanish.

Quest Stories has changed websites, and they may have gone out of business. If I find them, I will update…

Rainforest activities for children learning Spanish teach language, culture and geography.

There are tropical forests in many Spanish-speaking countries. As kids learn about the rainforest, they explore geography and culture, as…

Spanish phrases for Independence Day on a printable poster.

Independence Day in the United States is just a few days away, and lots of families and friends are gathering…

Pledge of allegiance in Spanish for kids.

The 4th of July is an opportunity to talk to children about the history of the United States. The celebration…

Día del padre printable poster for children learning Spanish.

Father’s Day is next Sunday! Spanish Playground hopes kids celebrate their dads in as many ways and languages as they…

Lil' Libros publishes bilingual books for babies and toddlers.

It’s never too early to start a second language. That is one of the many reasons the bilingual board books…

A picture book by Mariana Llanos to help kids talk about emotions in Spanish.

Do you talk about emotions in Spanish with kids? Be sure to take a look at the picture book Mara…

Kids can use the Spanish phrases for Mothers Day in cards and crafts.

I think the most meaningful Mothers Day cards are the ones kids make themselves. You can find lots of fun…

Spanish chicken song favorites to sing with kids learning language.

Are you looking for a Spanish chicken song to use with language learners? You can find a Spanish chicken song…

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…

Earth Day in Spanish teaches kids vocabulary about animals and the planet.

Earth Day in Spanish is Día de la Tierra. It is celebrated all over the world on April 22. Earth…

Printable Spanish cup covers are an easy way to get more language into your daily routine or a special event…

Spanish conversation questions to use with kids at Easter.

Enjoying the company of friends and family is the best part of a holiday. If you are celebrating Easter or…

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…

Play these Spanish matching games with plastic eggs.

Plastic eggs are an easy, hands-on way to play Spanish matching games. You can make the activities more effective by…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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…

!0 Spanish learning resolutions to keep language focused and fun in the New Year.

Another year is about to begin. This is a good time for families to take stock of where their children…

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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…

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…

Four printable Spanish logic puzzles for kids.

Logic puzzles for kids are excellent reading practice in Spanish. They often include information to establish a context, almost like…

Resources for telling the Christmas story in Spanish with children.

These five easy-to-do activities center around telling the Christmas story in Spanish. Language and culture are inseparable. The Catholic church…

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…