spanish for children

Una bicicleta de muchos colores está contra la pared.
Concepción, Paraguay.
Photo by Cassandra Sutherland


Photograhs with simple descriptions are an excellent way for children to hear and learn Spanish. With pictures, kids understand lots of language without the need for translation. Photographs are also a good way to introduce kids to the diversity of people and places in the Spanish-speaking world.

On the Spanish Playground Facebook page you will find an album of photographs with short captions The pictures are all from Spanish-speaking countries. They have been carefully selected to focus on one subject and the captions correspond directly to the image. As you look at the pictures and read the captions aloud, children hear the Spanish vocabulary for the main objects in the photo. This is an easy way for kids to learn new words and the activity also reinforces vocabulary they already know.

Link to Photos with Captions for Teaching Children Spanish

 Spanish Playground Facebook Page – Fotos con Descripciones

I use these photos for different activities in class. I also encourage the parents of my students to use the pictures and captions to speak Spanish with their children.

Here are a few suggestions for using the photos with Spanish language learners:

– Point at the objects as you read the captions.

– Use gestures and facial expressions to act out verbs and clarify words that your child might not understand.

– When your child understands the words, ask ¿Dónde está? questions with the principle vocabulary.

– Use the photos to reinforce colors and numbers asking ¿De qué color es…” and ¿Cuántos/cuántas…hay?

You may also be interested in these activities: Learn Spanish with Pictures

Enjoy these beautiful photographs of the Spanish-speaking world!

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