My favorite games to play with students include language, but draw on other skills too. So kids are having fun and engaged with the game and not focused solely on language learning. Mirar y recordar, or Look and Remember, is an entertaining Spanish game to learn vocabulary. You can download a PDF of the game below.
If you’ve been taking part in Summer Spanish Read and Play, this is an excellent game to wrap up your activities. Celebrate Spanish learning with a family game of Mirar y recordar.
Mirar y Recordar Spanish Learning Game
Mirar y recordar is a memory challenge, and it also tests a player’s attention to detail. There is lots of high-frequency language in the questions about the pictures, and playing this Spanish game kids also learn new vocabulary in context.
The game consists of a set of images and questions. For example, the PDF below has 12 different pictures. For each picture, there is a question card with 6 questions. You can print the pictures and questions back-to-back if you like, but they are numbered so you can also print them separately.
To play, all you need is the picture and question cards, a die to roll, and a timer.
A player draws a picture card and has 10 seconds to study the picture. You can increase the time 20 or 30 seconds if it works better for your group.
When the time is up, the player rolls the die. Another player reads the corresponding question. For example, if the die shows a 4, the player reads question 4.
If players answer correctly, they get a point. Return the picture card to the pile and it is the next player’s turn.
Spanish Game To Learn Vocabulary
The questions use familiar words and structures. In addition, playing the Spanish game, kids will learn new language from the context of the question.
For example, with the question ¿Qué verdura anaranjada hay en la canasta?, carrots are the only orange vegetable in the picture. Even if players are not familiar with canasta, they will understand the word based on the image.
Get the Spanish game to learn language with pictures here: Mirar y recordar: Spanish Learning Game
Picture Cards as Conversation Prompts
Of course, you can also talk about the pictures and answer the questions as you look at the cards, rather than making it a memory game to learn Spanish. When I use the pictures this way, we start by describing the picture, talking about the scene in general and naming what we see. Then we’ll take turns answering the questions. I always add personal questions to connect the activity to kids’ lives and make the language relevant.
Playing this game, I’ve found my students have an amazing ability to remember details. Mirar y recordar is an excellent Spanish game to learn new vocabulary in context and use familiar language in a fun way. We’d love to know how this game works for you!