Category: Culture

The Debajo de un botón lyrics tell a story you can use in Spanish class.

Children sing the traditional song Debajo de un botón throughout the Spanish-speaking world. It’s also an excellent song for language…

Teacher and parents can use these Spanish book lists for kids to find new books.

This is a list of Spanish book lists for kids. A list of lists? That’s right! Evaluating books online is…

Learn about part of the United States with these Puerto Rico facts for kids in Spanish and English.

Puerto Rico is 100 miles long and 35 miles wide, making its area about 3,500 square miles, the third largest…

Students engage with language and culture with these Latin American crafts for Spanish class.

Doing crafts in Spanish class is a fun way to mix language and culture. Kids get lots of input (colors…

The Veo veo song teaches Spanish letter sounds and vocabulary in the context of a traditional game.

The Veo veo song and game are great language activities for learning Spanish. Veo veo is the game I Spy…

Play printable versions of the traditional toma todo game with Spanish learners.

La pirinola, or the toma todo game, is a traditional Mexican six-sided top. In some countries, the game is known…

Spanish riddles teach vocabulary and culture to language learners.

Riddle in Spanish is adivinanza, and adivinanzas can be fun word play for children. Below you will find some of…

Latino leaders come to life in biographies by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand.

Carmen T. Bernier-Grand is an award-winning author of children’s books. She is originally from Puerto Rico, and her works include…

Spanish books for beginning readers exposue them to new vocabulary and build reading skills.

Lulu Delacre has added another title to her series of Spanish books for beginning readers. Rafi y Rosi ¡Piratas!, and…

Diverse books reflect and honor the culture and language of Spanish speakers.

Books that reflect the diversity of human experience around the globe are the future of children’s literature. Today, however, we…

Spanish teachers want parents to know they care about learning and the child.

I think I have one of the best jobs in the world, and the other Spanish teachers I know feel…

Cinco Books offers authentic language Spanish books for schools and families.

Cinco Books is making fabulous children’s titles from Spanish-speaking countries available in the United States. At Spanish Playground, we believe…

These me gusta activities use food vocabulary in communicative interactions for Spanish learners.

We use the verb gustar and food words together all the time, so it makes sense to learn them together…

A selection of Monarch butterfly activities including a printable minibook in Spanish and English.

The Monarch butterfly life cycle and the migration to Mexico make excellent themes for Spanish learning. Talking about Monarchs, kids…

This Spanish question game can be adapted for all levels and topics.

When I am working in Latin America, I keep my eyes open for authentic games I can use in my…

This collection of easy Day of the Dead crafts reinforce language and culture.

Día de los Muertos is full of color and images. It is also full of meaning! Be sure you include…

Cuban history for kids comes alive in this bilingual biography of José Martí.

Martí’s Song for Freedom/ Martí y sus versos por la libertad is a new bilingual picture book from Lee & Low…

Sycretic Press is a Spanish Publisher in the U.S. offering beautiful books for children learning Spanish.

Syncretic Press is an independent Spanish publisher in the U.S..  They are partnering with authors and illustrators around the world…

Use this infographic of food from Latin America to practice vocabualry and learn about culture.

Many foods originated in Latin America and then spread around the globe, becoming essential ingredients of world cuisines. Learning about…

Spanish onomatopoeia are useful for teaching vowel sounds and common vocabulary.

An onomatopoeia is a word that phonetically imitates the sound that it describes. In Spanish, the word is onomatopeya. Spanish…

Children practice basic phrases with this printable Spanish greetings game.

We practice los saludos in every class, but I made this Spanish greetings game for my youngest students to take…

These culture activities for Spanish class center on the art of the arpillera.

Mundo de Pepita created these culture activities for Spanish class to introduce children to the art of the arpillera. I…

Latino picture books are a valuable source of culture and language for children learning Spanish.

Latino picture books play an important role in sharing language and culture with children. A story can convey the strength…

Children learn language and culture from Spanish nursery rhyme books.

There is a rich tradition of nursery rhymes and children’s songs in Spanish. My children grew up singing them, and…

Happy Spanish songs from Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam band will please kids and adults.

Music is always one of the best and easiest ways to expose kids to Spanish. Happy Spanish songs also establish…

Spanish hand clapping games are a fun language learning activity for children.

Traditional Spanish hand clapping games combine language, movement, rhythm and culture. There are many juegos de manos (juegos de palmas…

A list of top Spanish TpT stores with free activities from the teachers.

Teaching Spanish is rewarding, but it also takes a steady investment of time and energy. I hope this list of…

Issuu has a large selection of free Spanish readers and activity books.

Issuu is a digital publishing platform with many resources in Spanish. You can read the publications online and a large…

Rainbow Weaver is a bilingual picture book that intrduces children to the culture and art of the Mayan people.

Publisher Lee & Low has another wonderful bilingual picture books to share with children learning Spanish. Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris…

Mutlicultural Children's Book Day shares diversity resources for parents and teachers.

Welcome to our 4th Multicultural Children’s Book Day! Spanish Playground is honored to once again be a co-host for this…

This series of multicultural chapter books features a Dominican American protagonist.

Big News! Emma is on the Air is the first of a series of multicultural chapter books for grades 2-3…

Pictoline makes Spanish infographics that teachers can incorporate into their classes.

Pictoline has an excellent selection of Spanish infographics. This Mexican-based news outlet presents information with engaging visual design and concise language…

This picture book featuring Spanish tongue twisters is an excellent resource for language learners.

Are you looking for an excellent collection of Spanish tongue twisters for children? In his picture book El torneo de…

Spanish YouTubers produce fun videos for kids learning language.

Young native speakers of Spanish are creating content for YouTube, and their work is an excellent resource for kids learning…

Top language news stories in 2016 included the benefits of bilingualism and the push for dual language programs.

In spite of the divisiveness that dominated much of the news in 2016, there was remarkable consensus on the benefits…

Spanish baby gifts such as music and books encourage language development and teach culture.

In 2017, I had the good fortune to welcome several babies, and of course I choose Spanish baby gifts for…

Pepito jokes are fun and effective for learning Spanish.

Jokes are a fun way to share language with kids learning Spanish, and Pepito jokes are probably the best known…

Activities and printable lyrics for the song Un elefante se balanceaba.

Un elefante se balanceaba is one of the best known Spanish children’s songs. It is a counting song and the…

Spanish choosing rhymes teach vocabulary, rhythm, pronunciation and culture to language learners.

Spanish choosing rhymes add language to a classroom or household. Choosing rhymes are used to start games, but kids can…

Hispanic Heritage Month games celebrate culture and language in authentic ways.

Hispanic Heritage Month is an opportunity for all children to learn more about the culture of Spanish-speaking countries. Students who…

Photos for Spanish class like the picture of Oaxaca Mexico bring culture into the classroom.

Photos can help children learn about the world and learn language.  I’ve been teaching a long time, and for most…

This Spanish activity book from Mundo de Pepita has games and crafts to engage children during the summer.

Summer is in full swing, and as part of the Spanish summer reading and language program, Mundo de Pepita is…

Readings with armadillo facts and stories with armadillos for kids learning Spanish.

Armadillos live throughout Latin America and often appear in traditional stories and songs. Below, you will find a printable reading…

The Okee Dokee Brothers sing a Spanish song called Somos amigos.

The GRAMMY Award-winning Okee Dokee Brothers are known for their playful music and thoughtful lyrics. Their third album, Saddle Up:…

A Spanish alphabet book that introduces children to the cloud forest of Ecuador.

Lee & Low Books publishes bilingual and Spanish-language children’s books rich in culture and content. Now, new books by Lulu…

Spanish jump rope rhymes teach children vocabulary, structre and culture as they play.

Kids learn Spanish as they jump rope and chant rhymes.  The combination of movement and language inserts the words and…

Spanish early reader books help children build vocabulary and reading skills.

I am so excited that Lee & Low is now publishing Lulu Delacre’s Spanish early reader books Rafi y Rosi…

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…

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…

Students learn Spanish language and culture with these activities from Editorial Miraflores.

I am so happy to be able to share a resource for teaching language through cultural content to upper elementary…

Sonia De Los Santos sings Spanish songs for children on her debut album.

Sonia De Los Santos recently released her debut album Mi viaje: De Nuevo León to the New York Island. This…

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to support education in Mexico by donating to Juntos!

Did you know that 95.4% of American households give to charity? Giving Tuesday is a movement that speaks to the…

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…

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…

Classroom reading program to share multicultural books.

Spanish Playground will be co-hosting Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2016. I am honored to support this celebration of diversity in…

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations is a wonderful collection of poems in Spanish and English for kids ages 4-12.

I recently wrote about The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations published by Pomelo Books. This wonderful collection has 156 poems…

Spanish poems for kids in a wonderful anthology by Pomelo Books.

One of the biggest challenges elementary and middle-school Spanish teachers face is finding quality content at the right level. Pomelo…

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…

Finger plays in Spanish teach kids language and culture.

There are many traditional finger plays in Spanish. Kids love games with actions, and these are perfect language learning tools…

Lucky Diaz sings Spanish songs that kids and their parents will love.

Adelante is the new CD by Grammy-award winning Lucky Diaz and The Family Jam Band. If you’re familiar with Lucky…