Category: Culture

Use these two Day of the Dead readings for Spanish students to introduce them to the traditions of Mexico.

Are you looking for a Day of the Dead reading for Spanish students? If so, check out these two readings…

Spanish song books with music kids can hear by pressing a button make language learning easy.

I recently discovered Lufi & Friends Spanish song books with built-in music, and they are fabulous! Children can push a…

A set of listening activities for a Dia de Muertos video for Spanish learners.

This Día de los Muertos video is a short conversation about building a Day of the Dead altar. This tradition is…

Guanajuato restaurants offer a wide range of delicious options.

I’ve just finished up a couple of weeks of work in Guanajuato, Guanajuato Mexico. It’s always hard to leave because…

Adivinanzas de frutas are riddles about fruit perfect for kids learning Spanish.

Kids love guessing games and they also love fruit. Why not combine the two for some language learning? Here are…

Multicultural products for classroom or home include books, printable activities and games.

Sharing multicultural content with kids has to be intentional. Regardless of where we live, we need to make an awareness…

Spanish readers tell compelling stories with high-frequency language.

Comprehensible input Spanish readers are a game changer in the classroom. Leveled readers in Spanish tell captivating stories and incorporate…

This biography in Spanish of Sor Juana Inés introduces children to Mexican culture.

I’m always happy to find a good biography in Spanish because these books are a wonderful way to share culture…

Spanish tongue twisters are fun pronunciation practice for kids.

Spanish tongue twisters, or trabalenguas, are authentic language and packed with culture. Try learning a new tongue twister in Spanish…

The Day of the Dead is a rich, complex tradition. That’s why one of the best ways to share it…

A Gift from Abuela is set in Mexico City and shares culture and a positive message with children.

As a part of Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2019, I’m happy to share A Gift from Abuela by Cecilia Ruiz…

Voces Sin Fronteras tells true immigation stories in English and Spanish bilingual comics.

As Spanish teachers, we work to introduce our students to the cultures and realities of Spanish-speaking countries, including the United…

These traditional Spanish games are an excellent source of culture and vocabulary in the language classroom.

I am fascinated by the traditional games children play in Mexico, Peru and Nicaragua. My children learned many traditional Mexican…

Spanish prayers for kids at mealtime and bedtime teach language and faith.

If religion is a part of your family or school life it can be a valuable source of language for…

The nominees for Best Latin Children's Album 2018 are a wonderful collection of artists to share with children learning Spanish.

The Latin GRAMMY Awards celebrate the year in Latin music by recognizing artists in different genres. We all love new…

Use these moveable paper crafts to teach kids verbs and vocabulary.

My students love moveable paper crafts! They are fascinated by anything that spins, opens, waves or flies. So, whenever possible…

This Day of the Dead Spanish reading activity ties in to Día de los muertos as kids practice language skills.

Use this Day of the Dead Spanish reading activity with elementary students to practice language skills and raise awareness of…

Learning about Spanish place names in the United States teaches children about Hispanic heritage and language.

The United States has states, cities, rivers and mountains with names in Spanish. Looking at the meaning of Spanish place…

Nuestra historia is a complete CI curriculum for Spanish.

I’ve been teaching for 30 years and have been lucky enough to see amazing changes in language education. We have…

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 was honored to be a co-host for this important event…

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 tongue twisters in Spanish is an excellent resource for language learners.

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

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 dominates much of the news, there is remarkable consensus on the benefits of speaking…

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…