Since I wrote this post in December of 2011, the game has been removed. I’m leaving the description of how to play because it applies to many online activities.

Use this simple online game to practice Spanish vocabulary and verbs with children learning Spanish. There are ten scenes. Each scene has several simple parts and an object that moves. Children click the mouse to make the scene appear and then to set the object in motion.

On the start page you can choose to see the scenes sequentially or in a random order. You can also increase and decrease the animation time. The color options change the foreground and background colors, not individual objects.

This activity works well for Spanish language learners because there are a limited number of objects in each scene and the animation makes the meaning of the verb clear. You can easily use the verbs in just the present tense or in the present and preterite. To use the activity with children learning Spanish try the following steps:

1. Click on the screen. Say the name of whatever appears: Hay una estrella. Hay otra estrella. Es un planeta.
2. When the object that will be animated appears on the screen, name it: Es una nave.
3. When the object animates, describe the action: La nave sube. You can increase and decrease the animation time. If the game holds your child’s interest, increase the time so that you have the opportunity to repeat the verb several times. If your child would rather move on to a new scene, decrease the animation time.
4. When the object has disappeared, repeat the verb in the past tense: ¡La nave subió!
After playing once or twice, children will begin to recognize what scene is being constructed. Encourage them to guess as they build the scene: Es el tractor. Es el avión.

These are the objects in the scenes and verbs you can use to describe the motion.
1. El cohete / rocket
la estrella – star
el planeta – planet
el cohete – rocket
El cohete vuela. – The rocket is flying.
El cohete voló. – The rocket flew away.

2. El paracaidista / parachutist
la nube – cloud
el sol – sun
la paracaidista – parachutist
La paracaidista baja. – The parachutist is coming down.
La paracaidista bajó. – The parachutist came down.

3. El carro / car
la calle – street
el edificio – building
el carro – car
El carro avanza. – The car is going.
El carro avanzó. – The car went away.

4. El avión / airplane
la nube – cloud
el sol – sun
el avión – airplane
El avión vuela. – The airplane is flying.
El avión voló. – The airplane flew away.

5. El esquiador / skier
la montaña – mountain
el árbol – tree
el esquiador – skier
El esquiador esquía. – The skier is skiing.
El esquiador esquió. – The skier skied.

6. La nave / spaceship
la estrella – star
el planeta – planet
la nave – spaceship
La nave sube. – The spaceship is going up.
La nave subió. – The spaceship went up.

7. El pez / fish
el alga – alga, seaweed
el agua – water
el pez – fish
El pez nada. – The fish is swimming.
El pez nadó. – The fish swam.

8. El tractor / tractor
la colina – hill
el árbol – tree
el tractor – tractor
El tractor avanza. – The tractor is going.
El tractor avanzó. – The tractor went away.

9. El ascensor / elevator
el edifico – building
la flor – flower
la persona – person
el ascensor – elevator
las personas – people
El ascensor sube con personas. – The elevator is going up with people.
El ascensor subió con personas. – The elevator went up with people.

10. La feria / fair
la montaña rusa – roller coaster
los vagones – cars (on the roller coaster)
el juego mecánico – juego mecánico is the general term for ride. In Spain, a ferris wheel is la noria, in Mexico it is la rueda de la fortuna and in Cuba it is la estrella. Juego mecánico is a general term that is understood everywhere.
El juego mecánico gira y los carritos avanzan. – The ride is turning and the roller coaster is moving.
El juego mecánico giró y los vagones avanzaron. – The ride turned and the roller coaster went.

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