Category: Holidays

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…

Two Spanish winter vocabulary games to play with dice and printable game boards.

I recently made these two roll-and-answer dice games to practice words related to winter clothes and weather.  You can find…

Two easy Spanish Thanksgiving poems for children to act out and learn language.

One of my favorite activities with children learning Spanish is to act out short dramatic poems. Here are two Spanish…

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…

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…

Use these printable Mother's Day cards in Spanish with language learners and native speakers.

We are so happy to be able to share these free printable Mother’s Day cards in Spanish. They are beautiful…

Songs, printables activities, poems, stories and outdoor games are all Spanish spring activities that engage children with new vocabulary.

Spring is a wonderful season to learn new Spanish words, because Spanish spring activities include vocabulary associated with weather, plants…

This printable Spanish bingo game is an fun Valentine's Day activity for kids.

Bingo is lotería in Spanish, and it is an excellent language learning activity. Below you’ll find a printable Spanish Bingo…

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…

These free Spanish winter activities use language in context at a variety of levels.

As you probably know, Teachers Pay Teachers has Spanish activities for many themes at different levels. I buy materials when…

Practice body parts and clothes vocabulary by matching descriptions to pictures in this Spanish snowman activity.

This Spanish snowman activity is a fun way to practice body parts, clothes and winter vocabulary. The printable pages have…

A collection of Spanish langauge gifts for children and teachers.

Spanish language gifts keep kids excited about learning. New books, games, music and toys are motivational, and they are also…

Spanish vocabulary graphic organizers help students connect ideas and use words in context.

Graphic organizers help students see connections. For language learners, they also provide important support as they build sentences. Spanish vocabulary…

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 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…

Spanish Halloween infographic for kids to practice vocabulary as they talk about a favorite holiday.

This Spanish Halloween infographic is excellent support for high-frequency words. You can use it for a variety of activities with…

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…

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…

These resources for learning about water in Spanish are perfect for elementary school age students.

Water has shaped history, and it will determine our future. Learning about water and the role it plays locally and…

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…

A Spanish gratitude journal based on books teaches language and appreciation.

I try to find ways to connect kids with what they read and make Spanish relevant. The more they use…

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…

Free printable activities for children to practice Spanish food vocabulary.

Food words are some of the first vocabulary we teach language learners. Learning about food lets kids talk about likes…

Spanish word-building game to practice spring vocabulary.

Working with syllables is a good way to practice vocabulary. I do a variety of word-building activities where students fill…

This Spanish syllable counting activity uses words related to Valentine's Day.

I made this Spanish syllable counting activity for Valentine’s Day, because I wanted an easy, quick way to practice pronouncing…

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…

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…

Spanish gifts for kids and teachers keep everyone motivated and having fun with language!

New Spanish language books, games, music or toys are excellent gifts for kids. Speaking and learning a language is fun…

Use this Spanish Christmas countdown as a fun language activity in December.

Families count the days to Christmas in dozens of creative ways, from unwrapping Christmas books to doing Christmas activities. In…

These 12 phrases are different ways to say delicious in Spanish and are appropriate at any meal.

The holiday season and many holiday meals are just around the corner, so this is an excellent time for children…

Pumpkin activities in Spanish teach children science vocabuary and concepts.

Pumpkins are one of my favorite parts of fall, and not only because they make delicious pie. Pumpkin activities in…

Songs, poems, and printable pages with leaf activities in Spanish for kids.

In Wisconsin, the leaves have turned and a lot of them are on the ground. Leaf activities in Spanish are…

Photo collage of Spanish Mother’s Day activities including coloring sheets and printable bracelet.

Mother’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate moms and also to talk about family, emotions and daily routines with language…

Spanish Earth Day activities incuding songs, printable materials and picture books.

Earth Day is an opportunity for children to learn more about our planet and understand their critical role in protecting…

Spanish Valentine games and crafts help children learn language with hands-on fun.

Many Valentine’s Day activities incorporate language and can be adapted to Spanish learning. Try these hands-on Spanish Valentine games and…

An printable activity using Spanish candy hearts to teach kids language.

I love how much language is a part of Valentine’s Day. Spanish candy hearts are one great example. I made…

Spanish Valentine books teach children family vocabulary and expressions of affection as they celebrate the holiday.

On Valentine’s Day, we take time to tell our friends and family how much they mean to us. It is…

This Spanish New Year word search and I spy game are a fun way to celebrate 2018.

Are you planning a New Year’s celebration with friends and family? These Spanish New Year games are fun for kids…

Mariana Llanos discusses her inspiration for her book The Wanting Monster.

Mariana Llanos is a Peruvian-born writer and mother of three. She has published six children’s books available in English and…

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…

Gifts for kids learning Spanish help them stay motived to learn.

Speaking and learning Spanish is fun, and we want it to stay that way for kids. A new book or…

Easy Spanish reading activity based on adding details to a picture of a snowman.

Drawing can be combined with easy Spanish reading for a fun comprehension activity. In this printable activity, kids do an…

Spanish Thanksgiving resources for teachers and parents to celebrate the holiday with kids.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. Fall, food, friends and family, and acknowledging and giving thanks for all we have. There…

Spanish colors in a fun color-by-word page.

I am in Nicaragua this week working on an early literacy project. Whenever I’m here, things are a little quieter…

Spanish Halloween songs, books and activities for kids.

Kids love Halloween! The costumes, the ritual of trick or treating with friends and family, the spookiness, and, of course…

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…

Halloween song in Spanish by Mariana Iranzi with seasonal vocabulary.

Mariana Iranzi has a fun new Halloween song with lots of spooky Spanish vocabulary. The Halloween song is called Es…

Peru facts for kids in a reading and crossword puzzle.

It is important to introduce children to different Spanish-speaking countries. These Peru facts and crossword puzzles are a good place…

Hispanic heritage month activities for kids.

Welcome to a collection of Hispanic Heritage Month activities and resources. You’ll find articles with information, crafts, recipes, book suggestions…

Jose-Luis Orozco sings about eating right and staying healthy.

Jose-Luis Orozco is releasing ¡Come Bien! Eat Right! on Sept. 18th. This new CD is a feast of rhythm, rhyme…

Puerto Rican culture comes alive in this video from the Familes of the World series.

Are you looking for a way to share Puerto Rican culture with children? The award-winning series Families of the World…

A printable birthday poster to use with kids learning Spanish.

Quest Stories has changed websites, and they may have gone out of business. If I find them, I will update…

Rainforest activities for children learning Spanish teach language, culture and geography.

There are tropical forests in many Spanish-speaking countries. As kids learn about the rainforest, they explore geography and culture, as…

Spanish phrases for Independence Day on a printable poster.

Independence Day in the United States is just a few days away, and lots of families and friends are gathering…

Pledge of allegiance in Spanish for kids.

The 4th of July is an opportunity to talk to children about the history of the United States. The celebration…

Día del padre printable poster for children learning Spanish.

Father’s Day is next Sunday! Spanish Playground hopes kids celebrate their dads in as many ways and languages as they…