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Talking in Spanish is fun with these two rhymes about walking.

These two Spanish poems are by Douglas Wright, a well-known poet, illustrator, and humorist from Argentina. They are an fun way to get kids talking in Spanish.

Douglas Wright recently published a book of Spanish poems for children called Rimando Ando. Some of the poems are available online and are excellent material for activities to encourage reading and talking in Spanish.  As always, my thanks to Douglas for letting me share his poems with you on this site.

On his website, El Jardín de Douglas, Douglas Wright offers a series of short poems based on popular rhythms.  He calls these little rhymes bocaditos and they lend themselves exceptionally well to activities for Spanish language learners. The poems are short, and the rhythm and rhyme make them easy to memorize. Talking in Spanish is fun with memorized poetry!  The topics are the stuff of a child’s daily life – home, nature, friends, and feelings.

The author illustrates his poetry with bright, appealing art. The drawings are depict the content of the rhymes, so they are a useful tool in teaching the poems. Describing the illustrations is a fun way for kids to start talking in Spanish about the poems.

I particularly like these two short rhymes about walking. Movement is an important part of language learning, and children can act out these poems as they recite them. Teachers and parents can structure the action to reinforce the meaning of the language, and they can use them with one child, a small group or a class.

Following the poems below, there are questions for talking in Spanish about the illustration. The titles are links to El Jardín de Douglas where you will again find the poems and the illustrations.

Children can act out this first poem by reciting it as they wind their way toward each other. They can also practice greeting each other when they meet.

Yo camino hacia tu lado

Yo camino hacia tu lado,
y tú vienes hacia acá;
a lo largo del camino
ya nos vamos a encontrar..

Pre-reading questions on the illustration:

¿Cuántas personas hay en el dibujo?
¿Adónde va la niña?  ¿Adónde va el niño?  ¿Dónde se van a encontrar?
¿Cómo se sienten? ¿Están contentos o tristes?  ¿Por qué?
¿A veces caminas a ver a un amigo?  ¿Cómo te sientes cuando lo haces?

This second rhyme is perfect for reciting with your child as you walk together or with a group of children as they move from one place to another during the school day.

Las piernas me llevan solas

Las piernas me llevan solas
de un lugar a otro lugar,
y yo paseo contento:
¡qué lindo que es caminar!

Pre-reading questions on the illustration:

¿Qué hace el muchacho en el dibujo?
¿Dónde está? ¿Qué ve a su alrededor?
¿Está contento? ¿Cómo sabes?
¿Por qué se siente así?
¿Cómo te sientes cuando sales a caminar?

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