This week many classes and families are celebrating Valentine’s Day. You’ll find a variety of Valentine’s activities on Spanish Playground already, but here are eight new Spanish Valentine activities to keep kids engaged with language as they think about friendship and love.
Bubble Letter Poster
Kids can color the bubble letters in these Valentine words and phrases. You can also download similar posters in color. Take a look at the other versions and ideas for using posters with language learners.
As a rule, I don’t use a lot of word searches, but kids really enjoy doing them. This Valentine word search has 14 words that are also on the poster above. Read suggestions for adding context to a word search.
Yoga can add a calming, thoughtful dimension to Valentine’s Day. Kids Yoga Stories has a post on love and describes a focus breath called the loving kindness breath. Go to the Kids Yoga Stories post for a complete description of the breathing technique.
Use phrases like these to practice the loving kindness breath with your Spanish learner:
Cierra los ojos.
Enfócate en tu respiración.
Inhala. Exhala lentamente contando hasta cinco.
Inhala. Exhala lentamente y piensa en llenarte de amor.
Inhala. Exhala lentamente y piensa en mandar amor y cariño a una persona importante para ti.
Inhala. Exhala lentamente y piensa en mandar amor y cariño a alguien con quien quisieras llevarte mejor.
Inhala. Exhala lentamente y piensa en mandar amor al mundo que te rodea – a los animales, los árboles, los vecinos, la ciudad.
Inhala. Exhala lentamente y piensa en mandar amor a toda la Tierra.
Respira normalmente. Cuando estés lista/listo, abre los ojos.
This Valentine’s I Spy from Live Laugh Rowe is has lots to talk about. Read here for ideas on using a picture search with language learners.
Spanish Conversation Hearts
You can find Spanish candy hearts in lots of stores and online. Play a game where kids stack the hearts and see who can build the highest tower (6 or so usually wins). If you have the patience sort the hearts and give everyone a set of the same hearts, you can call out which to add to the pile. Otherwise, kids can read off the hearts as they stack them.
There are many printable Valentine bingo games online, and you can find them with pictures, not words. One of my favorites is from Crazy Little Projects.
You can also do play bingo with numbers or any other pictures or words and cover the spaces with candy hearts, chocolate kisses or heart shaped tokens.
Here is a Valentine bingo with number to 24 that you could play in Spanish. There is also a blank card template for making your own Bingo game with numbers, letters, or words.
Valentines Day Chocolate Kiss Matching
This printable matching game is from Creations by Kara, and it can be played in any language. Just describe the piece as you turn it over. It is a good review of colors.
Valentine Phrases Matching Game
These cute hearts with phrases from Multicultural Kid Blogs are intended to be cupcake toppers, but they also make a great matching game if you print two sets. You can make them easier to handle by attaching them to candy or tokens of some kind. This article has sets of cupcake toppers in several different languages.
This post was a part of a monthly series: Easy Spanish-Easy Yoga. At Spanish Playground we are working with Kids Yoga Stories to create activities to teach children Spanish and yoga through basic concepts. We want to give you simple activities, both for Spanish and yoga, that you can work into a busy schedule. In addition to yoga, I’ll mention other language activities you can use with Spanish learners related to the theme of the month. Our theme this month is love.
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