Below you will find a word search with Spanish Easter vocabulary. The words go in all directions, including backwards. The solution is included in the PDF.
Lots of kids really like word searches, or sopa de letras, in Spanish. As a supplemental activity, these puzzles can focus attention on a specific category of Spanish words that a child is learning. They are also useful for reinforcing the letter sounds and the sounds in specific words. Because Spanish is phonetic, children doing a word search will say the word aloud, in syllables, as they circle each of the letters.
Add context with visual clues
Word searches alone do not provide context to make the meaning of the words clear or to reinforce the meaning a child has learned. If teachers and parents add some kind of context for the vocabulary, the puzzle is a much more valuable language learning activity. One of the easiest ways to support the language is to add a visual clue for each word. If teachers and parents include drawing as part of the activity, kids have the meaning of the word in mind. The easiest way to do this by having children draw a picture for each word around the border of the puzzle and label it with the word they are going to look for in the word search. You can also use stickers for this, if you happen to have them. Another option is for children to draw one scene with all of the words in the puzzle and label them in the picture.
Of course, some words are abstract and hard to draw. In that case, kids can choose a symbol to represent a word. For example, for domingo, they might choose a church, a cross, or a bed because they sleep late. It really does not matter, as long as they associate the correct meaning with the word. Felices pascuas and primavera are also abstract, so kids will have to choose something to represent those words.
Add context with sentences, questions or a story.
Another way to add context is to use the words in complete sentences that make the meaning clear. You can do this as a class, or kids can write their own sentences if they have enough Spanish. You can also give the kids sentences to complete before they do the word search.
For this puzzle, sentences like these work. Be sure to tell kids that they will need to use the plural in some of the sentences. These are the words in the word search: chocolate, conejito, pollito, gallina, huevo, canasta, primavera, dulces, flores, patito, zanahoria, felices pascuas, nido, domingo.
En mi canasta de Pascua hay un conejo de ____________________y lo voy a comer.
El ____________________ de Pascua trae huevos y dulces.
El ____________________ dice pío, pío cuando tiene hambre y la gallina le da comida.
La ____________________ cuida a los pollitos.
Este año voy a pintar unos ____________________ para la Pascua.
Espero encontrar muchos dulces en mi ____________________.
La ____________________ es una estación muy bonita porque florecen muchas flores.
En la primavera los patos nadan en el río con sus ____________________.
La comida preferida de los conejos son las ____________________.
Para saludar en este día festivo se dice ___________ ___________.
Los pajaritos están en su ____________________.
La Pascua se celebra el ____________________ y muchas familias van a misa.
Another way to use the words in context is to ask questions that relate the words to each other or to kids’ experiences. You can also use the words in a story activity.
Link to Spanish Easter Word Search
These are the words in the puzzle:
chocolate – chocolate
conejito – rabbit, bunny
pollito – chick
gallina – chicken
huevo – egg
canasta – basket
primavera – spring
dulces – candy
flores – flowers
patito – duck
zanahoria – carrot
Felices Pascuas – Happy Easter
nido – nest
domingo – Sunday