Category: Holidays

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…

Feliz Navidad
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…

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to support Rayo de sol.

For all the things I would like to change about the United States, there so much to love. Take, for…

Five spanish gifts for kids.

This post has been update for 2015. Find the new gift guide here. This time of year lots of parents…

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…

Thanksgiving coloring pages in Spanish to teach children vocabulary.

This coloring page is a part of a set of Thanksgiving coloring pages with vocabulary. It is a good way…

Thanksgiving activities for kids like this gratitude game can also be an excellent source of language.

Journey to the Gratitude Garden or Viaje al jardín de la gratitud is without a doubt one of the best…

Spanish Halloween yoga sequences for kids.

Halloween yoga is a wonderful class or party activity. Kids are so excited that movement is essential! Of course, yoga…

A Spanish Halloween activity where kids draw based on a description they read.

This Spanish Halloween printable is fun, effective vocabulary practice. Drawing activities like this are great for practicing reading or listening…

10 Spanish Halloween jokes for kids.

Jokes in Spanish are a fun way of practicing vocabulary, listening and speaking skills with kids learning Spanish. Below are…

Cooking in Spanish teaches language and culture with hands-on fun.

Cooking in Spanish with kids teaches language and culture. It is also an opportunity to  communicate important messages about nutrition…

DVD for exploring Cuba during Hispanic Heritage Month.

I just watched Worlds Together Cuba, a beautiful 25-minute documentary released in anticipation of Hispanic Heritage Month. It is part…

New Spanish learning songs from Whistlefritz.

Whistlefritz recently sent me their new CD of Spanish learning songs for kids. ¡Sabor! has 15 wonderful songs that will…

A scavenger hunt in Spanish for kids.

Many of us will be going to fireworks displays this weekend. Here is a printable scavenger hunt in Spanish that…

Printable Día del Padre cards for kids learning Spanish.

A printable card for el Día del Padre is a good language activity for Spanish learners. There are many printable…

Canciones infantiles about spring for kids learning Spanish.

Music is a wonderful way to celebrate spring, and to learn Spanish. These five canciones infantiles have vocabulary related to…

A spanish story for kids with yoga.

If you are looking for a fun language activity or a Spanish story for kids, this picture book is a…

A spanish mothers day activity for children using basic vocabulary and gustar.

I made this simple printable handout to talk about mothers and El día de la madre. In Spanish Mother’s Day…

spanish lessons friday

This set of activities is part of a new series I am calling the Friday Five. I will suggest five…

Printable posters in Spanish to celebrate spring with kids.

Printables posters and coloring pages can help create a text-rich environment in a classroom or at home. Research has shown…

Picture book in Spanish by Alma Flor Ada with an Easter theme.

This review was contributed by Brooks Lindner from Sonrisas Spanish School. He writes about the Spanish story La sorpresa de…

Spanish Valentine Reading and Speaking Activities

This is a reading and speaking activity for beginning Spanish learners. It uses hearts, so it is appropriate for Valentine’s…

I am always happy to find a new song to celebrate Valentine’s Day with kids learning Spanish. This song by…

Spanish Valentine activity for kids with a printable hidden hearts search.

This picture with hidden hearts can be used in lots of different ways to engage kids with Spanish. You can…

printable spanish valentine cards kids

These printable Valentine cards are made for kids to color and give to friends or family. They are perfect for…

spanish black history month

It is hard to find good resources for teaching kids about Black history in the United States in Spanish. With…

spanish story valentines day

This review was contributed by Brooks Lindner from Sonrisas Spanish School. He writes about the Spanish story Adivina cuánto te…

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate with kids. It focuses on love and friendship, and cards…

Spanish Valentines

My classes start the first week of February, so I am in Manzanillo, Mexico for a couple of weeks. It…

Evaluate successful language learning with 15 questions for the new year.

The New Year is a time for taking stock and setting goals. If you have a child learning Spanish, or…

Spanish Christmas carols estrella

These gift boxes have lines from villancicos, traditional Christmas carols in Spanish. The pictures on the boxes represent the words…

Kids learn vocabulary with these Christmas color-by-number pages in Spanish.

Last week I shared two Spanish color-by-number pages that work well for talking about Christmas in Spanish-speaking countries. They are…

spanish winter vocabulary

Monarca Language has generously provided Spanish Playground with these Spanish winter vocabulary activities. If you have kids learning Spanish, these…

Spanish Christmas color by number pages of a piñata and a nativity scene.

These Spanish Christmas color-by-number pages teach colors, numbers and vocabulary. They are an excellent opportunity to talk to children about…

spanish printables winter

I made two printables to use with a listening activity I do with pictures of snowmen. These activities involve matching…

spanish christmas lesson

Spanish for You! has just added a Spanish Christmas lesson set with 10 days of lessons and materials. They are…

spanish stories kids no combina

I recently had the opportunity to write about two wonderful bilingual picture books. Marisol McDonald no combina and Marisol McDonald…

These Latino picture books are Spanish stories children will love as they learn language.

Marisol McDonald is the protagonist of two wonderful bilingual picture books – Marisol McDonald Doesn’t Match/ Marisol McDonald no combina…

spanish thanksgiving craft

Thanksgiving crafts are an opportunity to practice Spanish food vocabulary and words related to turkeys. Many Thanksgiving crafts also focus…

spanish video thomas and friends

The new Thomas and Friends DVD has a Christmas title, Santa’s Little Engine, but kids will watch the 5 episodes…

Kids learn basic vocabulary as they read and color a Spanish Thanksgiving minibook.

Monarca Language is sharing a Spanish Thanksgiving minibook with Spanish Playground readers. The minibook Doy gracias is an excellent way…

Children celebrate the holiday with these Spanish Thanksgiving vocabulary coloring pages to in class or at home.

Do you talk about what you are thankful for at Thanksgiving dinner? It is a tradition at our house to…

Spanish Halloween printables include picture cands and a matching activity.

I like Halloween, but I have to admit that the anticipation seems to go on a long time, especially for…

This review was contributed by Brooks Lindner from Sonrisas Spanish School. He writes about a Day of the Dead book…

spanish halloween vocabulary

Halloween is more than candy and costumes. It is also a wonderful opportunity to practice all kinds of fun vocabulary…

spanish color by number simple skull

A few days ago I posted a color-by-number picture in Spanish of a traditional skull for Día de los Muertos…

spanish color by number calavera

Día de los Muertos is a colorful celebration. Flowers, candles, and calaveras bring color to altars and graves as we…

day of the dead skulls

This month, many of us are talking about Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, with our children…

learn spanish with pictures pumpkins

Talk about this photograph of two girls in a pumpkin patch to help your child learn Spanish. The questions that…

Las mañanitas is a traditional happy birthday song in Spanish.

Las mañanitas is a traditional song popular in Latin America. In Mexico, it is the equivalent of the Happy Birthday…

Check out the end of this post for fabulous Hispanic Heritage Month resources! Welcome to the Second Annual Hispanic Heritage Month…

Nos vamos a México is picture book that teaches both language and culture to kids learning Spanish.

Nos vamos a México by Laura Krebs is one of my favorite Spanish stories for kids. This beautiful book is…

For years, OnlineFreeSpanish has offered an excellent set of free activities for children learning Spanish. Now they have a new…