Tag: Vocabulary

These are my favorite bilingual picture books to read to kids.  Margaret speaks English and Margarita speaks Spanish and reading…

  These printable cards in Spanish are from Interpeques. The questions are about the natural world and the answers include…

PBS has launched the web-original series Noah comprende to introduce children to Spanish and also to the process of language…

Mamá pájaro (Mama Bird) is a free printable mini-book, and it is excellent for speaking Spanish with your child. The…

This is fun and effective song for teaching Spanish to children.  The tune and the actions make it fun. The…

These photographs of houses are an excellent prompt for speaking Spanish with your child. The houses are so interesting!  They…

is a set of activities for native speakers who are learning to read and write. Two of the activities in…

You can use El Señor Cara de Papa (or El Señor Cara de Patata, as he is known in Spain)…

Movement and music are valuable tools for teaching Spanish to children. Combining the two, children process the language at a…

I have had a few email exchanges recently with readers of Spanish Playground who are learning Spanish with their children…

Matemáticas en todos lados is a free Sesame Street Spanish language video available on Amazon Instant Video.  It is Episode…

This activity involves listening to instructions that describe a location and then clicking on the object in that location.  Native…

Word problems that practice basic math skills use important Spanish verbs to express the problem that children need to solve…

My kids learned a lot of Spanish through popular music.  When they were small, we listened to music in Spanish…

Valentine’s day in Spanish is Día del amor y la amistad (The day of love and friendship), Día de San…

Stories without words are useful tools for teaching Spanish to children. These wordless picture books engage children actively with the…

I recently wrote about a song to teach children the vowel sounds in Spanish. The song A,E,I,O,U is by Carolina…

This is a great set of online activities for introducing the body parts in Spanish or for focused practice with…

Talking in Spanish is fun with these two rhymes about walking.

These two Spanish poems are by Douglas Wright, a well-known poet, illustrator, and humorist from Argentina. They are a fun…

Try speaking Spanish with your child by playing with the I Spy cards. The bright cards with their assortment of…

The game Veo, Veo in Spanish is I Spy in English. In addition to the guessing game that children play…

This online story is an unusual version of Los tres cerditos (The Three Little Pigs) meant for native Spanish speakers…

Botas nuevas, by Guido Van Genechten, is the Spanish edition of New Boots. It is the story of a child…

This online game teaches children the parts of the face and head in Spanish. It can also teach other common…

This printable book in Spanish has common vocabulary and a simple, repeated sentence structure.  The title is El muñeco de…

This children’s song in Spanish, Barquito de papel, was written by Cuban composer and pianist Enriqueta Almanza in the 1940s. …

Kids practice natural world and five sense vocabulary with this pretty poem in Spanish.

Spanish poems to use in an elementary language classroom can be hard to find. One of my favorite resources is…

I love these P’kolino multi-solution puzzles for teaching body parts and colors in Spanish.  There are many ways to do…

Children learning Spanish as a second language, or in minority language situations, get most of their exposure to the language…

Recently,  I have had several parents ask for recommendations for toys to give as gifts to their children who are…

¡Es hora de ir al colegio! (It’s Time to Go to School!)  is a printable mini-book in Spanish. It is…

Talking to your dog or cat in Spanish when your children are listening is a good way to expose children…

This bilingual edition of My Friends/Mis amigos by Taro Gomi has Spanish and English on facing pages. It is an…

These activities for learning body parts are part of the website created by the Instituto de Tecnologías Educativas which is…

Highlights has many printable hidden picture activities on their website. Kids like looking for the hidden pictures, and these can…

Traditional features of many picture books make them excellent Spanish-language learning tools. For example, illustrations that support the Spanish text…

Saco una manito (I take out one hand) is one of the first songs that many Spanish-speaking children learn. Even…

You can turn this routine worksheet into an effective Spanish learning tool by using the pictures in different ways.  This…

These online activities are designed for native Spanish speakers, but they work well for Spanish language learners. Because the activities …

Mi carita redondita is a song about the parts of the face.  It is sung to the tune of “Oh…

If you have ever misplaced your keys, you know how you think of the word “where” as you search for…

Many games and activities are effective tools for teaching the question words in Spanish.  One of the first question words…

Veo, veo is I spy in Spanish. This online game is for designed to teach native Spanish speakers the letter…

This song uses the verb tener, and other useful verbs, in the first person. This verb form, the yo form…

This song, Si tú tienes muchas ganas de aplaudir (If you feel a lot like clapping) is the Spanish version…

In addition to using tener to talk about what we have, we often use tener to express the way we…

This song teaches the Spanish verb forms tengo (I have) and tienes (you have) as children sing about the parts…

Tener (to have) is one of the most common verbs in Spanish.  You can model the use of tengo (I…

This game has been moved since I wrote this post. I’ll update the link as soon as I find it…

This is a song for learning the days of the week in Spanish. Songs teach pronunciation and natural grammar structures…

Knowing the days of the week in Spanish allows children to understand and communicate important information. That is why the…

Meals provide an opportunity and context for speaking Spanish to your child.  In addition to food vocabulary, there are many…

If I could choose one song for my university students learn as children, it might be this one. In addition…

This simple vocabulary activity is designed for native speakers who are beginning to read, but can also be used with…

This short, simple song asks the sun to warm the Earth.  It is a good example of how word families…

This story is an excellent introduction to Spanish vocabulary related to the four seasons.  It is made for native speakers…

This song is lots of fun to sing and to dance to, and it teaches the parts of the body…

Part of summer is protecting kids from the sun. We remind them to put on sun screen, to sit in…

Online games for kids teach farm animals in Spanish.

This is a set of activities designed for native Spanish speakers to practice farm animal vocabulary and numbers.  The activities…

Children sing Que llueva, que llueva all over the Spanish-speaking world. There are several versions, and all of them celebrate…