Popular refrains and proverbs are a part of daily life in Spanish-speaking homes. Spanish sayings put everyday events into a larger context and help children understand important cultural values. Hispanic Heritage month is an opportunity to introduce children to Spanish proverbs.
Spanish sayings are also a source of authentic language to use with kids. They tend to be short, often rhyme, and can be repeated over and over in situations that reinforce their meaning.
Check out our Spanish reading for kids resource page for more printable reading activities, activities for favorite picture books and online stories.
Of course, Spanish sayings are figurative, representing a broader reality very concretely. Adults need to help children understand Spanish sayings with explanations and examples. Continue to use the sayings and explain as needed, and soon kids will be applying them too.
Many Spanish sayings are structured with two parts because they are cause and effect statements. This makes them a natural fit for matching activities or memory cards.
Children can learn these 10 common Spanish sayings, and then practice them using the printable matching (or memory) cards.
10 Spanish Sayings for Kids
Al mal tiempo, buena cara.
Camaron que se duerme, se lo lleva la corriente.
Palabras necias, oídos sordos.
El sol brilla para todos.
En boca cerrada no entran moscas.
Agua que no has de beber, déjala correr.
El que a buen árbol se arrima, buena sombra le acobija.
Más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando.
Haz bien sin mirar a quien.
Perro que ladra no muerde.
Download the Spanish Sayings Matching Cards.
Coloring and drawing are also good ways to engage kids with Spanish sayings. If you have older kids, they can illustrate Spanish sayings with their own drawings. Younger kids might enjoy coloring these posters/coloring pages of Al mal tiempo, buena cara and El sol brilla para todos.
El sol brilla para todos. – The sun shines for everyone. This is an excellent reminder that everyone is created equal. Download the El sol brilla para todos coloring sheet.
Al mal tiempo, buena cara. – In a difficult situation, a good attitude makes all the difference! Literally, it means “In bad weather, put on a happy face.” The idea is similar to “If life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” Download the Al mal tiempo, buena cara coloring sheet.
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In addition to this post, Spanish Playground contributed to the Multicultural Hispanic Heritage Month Series with Printable Peru Facts and Puzzles.