Category: Vocabulary

Spanish vocabulary games with pictures keep kids motivated and learning.

Debbie Annett is the author of Spanish for You!, a curriculum for home or class use for grades 3-8. She…

Spanish color songs teach children a range of vocabulary in addition to colors.

Color activities teach kids lots of additional vocabulary, and Spanish color songs are no exception. Relating colors to objects gives…

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…

Kids learn Spanish places vocabulary with a children's book and writing activity.

The Place Where You Live /  El lugar donde vives is a beautiful bilingual book about places and how we…

Tips for using themes for Spanish preschool and elementary school lessons.

One of the best ways to teach Spanish is by using a variety of activities related to a content theme. Using…

A simple magic trick to teach kids the verb estar.

My Peruvian son-in-law, Jorge, does a simple magic trick little children love. Our family was together in Mexico over winter…

A printable Spanish story and scene to teach vocabulary and language in context.

I love telling stories with language learners, and I do lots of different story activities. One of my favorites is…

Latino culture for kids in three picture books from Cinco Puntos Press.

Cinco Puntos Press is a small, independent publishing company in El Paso, Texas. They publish many beautiful books rooted in…

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…

Kids learn Spanish with these questions about a picture of birds.

This photograph of parakeets is a fun way to speak Spanish with your child. Talk about the picture using the…

Educational games in an app by Pacca Alpaca teach language and basic concepts.

Pacca Alpaca makes educational games for children. Both Pacca Alpaca Basic Language Learning app and Pacca Alpaca Travel Playtime app introduce…

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 t-shirts for kids tell the world they are bilingual.

As parents, grandparents and teachers, we want kids to be proud of speaking two languages. We want them to see…

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…

Recipes in Spanish with poems and photos.

Recetas graciosas y saludables by Graciela Castellanos has simple recipes in Spanish. Best of all, these recipes are extension activities…

Maya's Blanket is an exceptional choice for kids learning Spanish.

Certain books have a difficult-to-define quality that makes them exceptional read alouds. Musical language, endearing characters and absorbing illustrations all…

Hot Peas 'N Butter sing bilingual songs about friendship, seasons and colors.

I love recommending music that I know kids and parents will enjoy together. Hot Peas ‘N Butter makes that kind…

Use these resources to teach kids about farm animals in Spanish.

Farm animals are often a part of our conversations with children. We talk about where our food comes from, the…

Spanish sayings with printable matching cards to teach language.

Popular refrains and proverbs are a part of daily life in Spanish-speaking homes. Spanish sayings put everyday events into a…

Me gusta is used in these songs for kids learning Spanish.

One of the first things kids learn in Spanish class is me gusta. Logically, they equate the structure with I…

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…

Kids learn school supplies in Spanish with these six fun activities.

It’s here! Some of you have already started a new school year, and the rest of us will start soon…

These Spanish poems about fall teach seasonal vocabulary.

Douglas Wright,  a well-known author and illustrator from Argentina, wrote these two Spanish poems about fall. In addition to his…

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…

Speaking activity for children to learn Spanish using a photograph.

Use this photograph of a dog drinking water to help your child learn Spanish. The questions that follow, like all…

Spanish reading comprehension actvities based on basic math skills for language learners.

Math problems are excellent reading comprehension practice. Proble+ (pronounced proble-mas) are engaging online games that combine Spanish reading comprehension and…

Spanish game for kids teaches animals, places and verbs.

With my own kids growing up, I always wanted them to speak as much Spanish as possible. I looked for…

Spanish Poem about fall for preschoolers to act out.

This is an easy poem Spanish poem about fall. It is about leaves falling in autumn. I made it up…

Delia Berlin has written an engaging Spanish story about eating well and staying healthy.

The charming new Spanish-language picture book by Delia Berlin, Dieta de Lunares, reminds children of the importance of eating well…

Fun bilingual songs by Mister G get kids singing and dancing in Spanish.

Are you ready to sing, dance and learn some Spanish? Mister G has just released a new CD, Los animales…

Learning songs to teach the days of the week in Spanish

The new school year is just around the corner. I teach the days of the week in Spanish early in…

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…

Use this Spanish lullaby for imaginative play with language learners.

The calming melodies and rhythms of lullabies, or canciones de cuna, help babies fall asleep and provide early exposure to…

Sana sana colita de rana is a traditional rhyme we say to children when they are hurt.

Summertime is full of scraped knees and elbows. With the bumps and bruises, we have many opportunities to say Sana…

Preschool Spanish songs, fingerplays, games and books for learning about mice.

I recently finished a preschool Spanish unit on mice. We had fun singing lots of Spanish mouse songs. We also…

Kids learn vegetables in Spanish with a video and picture cards.

It’s summer, and the vegetables are delicious! It is an excellent time to talk to kids about vegetables in Spanish…

Los cinco sentidos for children learning Spanish.

This game about the five senses has been removed from Discovery Kids. I’m leaving this post because it has lots…

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…

Talking to animals in Spanish is good language practice for kids.

Talking to animals in Spanish can help children learn language. You can enlist the help of animal friends in several…

Spanish beach activities for kids including songs, yoga, video and more.

Summer means water play for kids. It’s a great time for language play too. Spanish beach and water activities can…

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…

Spanish nutrition in picture books and activities for kids.

There are lots of excellent Spanish nutrition and health materials for kids. Many of these are available free and are…

Spanish graphic organizers help kids master vocabulary.

Graphic organizers in Spanish are organizadores visuales or organizadores gráficos. Graphic organizers  are an wonderful tool to use with all…

Spanish rain songs to teach children vocabulary and the verb llover.

I am just finishing a preschool unit on rain. We have had fun singing lots of Spanish rain songs.  We…

Activities about wild animals in Spanish for kids.

Talking about animals in Spanish introduces children to a lot of language. Learning about animals, children hear common Spanish verbs…

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…

Poem in Your Pocket Day is a perfect occasion for kids to share Spanish poems.

This year, we celebrate Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 30. It is part of National Poetry Month and…

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…

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…

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…

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 questions and answers to use with kids for games and activities.

Kids love quiz-type Spanish questions and answers. They are useful to have on hand in class or for games at…