Colors in Spanish

This short video from Discovery Kids lends itself to lots of Spanish learning activities. As Doki paints a picture, he talks to his friend Pincel (paintbrush). The small range of vocabulary, repetition, and great visuals make this video perfect for Spanish language learners. The video is very short, just one minute long, but there is lots of Spanish that kids will understand.

It is important that children have the chance to watch the video more than once. The natural pace of the Spanish may seem fast at first, but children quickly adjust and understand. No matter what follow-up activities you do, be sure to watch the video all the way though once without pausing it, so that your child can use the whole context to understand what is happening.

A vocabulary list, the transcript and a translation follow these activities. Click the link to see the video about colors in Spanish.

Activities – After your child watches the video all the way through, you can do follow-up activities like these.

1. Watch a second time, pausing the video to comment. Repeat important words and point to the objects as you talk about them.  For example:

Me gusta el árbol. Yo puedo dibujar un árbol también. / I like the tree. I can draw a tree too.

Los colores son bonitos. Doki tiene uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco colores. / The colors are pretty. Doki has one, two, three, four, five colors.

Doki está triste. No tiene pintura verde. / Doki is sad. He doesn’t have green paint.

Doki está feliz ahora. Tiene pintura verde.  El árbol es bonito. / Doki is happy now. He has green paint.

Veo la pintura naranja y la pintura negra. / I see the orange paint and the black paint.

Allí está la pintura azul y allí está la pintura blanca. / There is the blue paint and there is the white paint.

El cielo es azul.  El dibujo de Doki es bonito. / The sky is blue. Doki’s drawing is pretty.

2. Color some orange, yellow, blue, white, black, green, and brown on a sheet of paper.  Watch a second time, touching each of the colors when you hear them in Spanish.

3. As you watch the video a second time, pause and ask simple questions in Spanish. You can ask questions like these:

¿Qué va a pintar Doki? / What is Doki going to paint?
¿Cuáles son los colores que tiene Doki? / What colors does Doki have?
¿Qué color no tiene? / What color doesn’t Doki have?
¿Cuáles son los colores que mezcla Doki para crear el color verde? / What colors does Doki mix to make green?
¿Cuáles son los colores que mezcla Doki para crear el color marrón? / What colors does Doki mix to make brown?
¿De qué color es el cielo? / What color is the sky?

4. The video is simple enough that you and your child can do and say what Doki does by pausing the video or by painting after you watch. Assemble the paints and make the simple drawing of the tree. Repeat the lines from the video as you mix the colors and paint. You can also repeat the important Spanish words and key phrases instead of the whole dialog.

5. If your child is beginning to read in Spanish, use simple sentences and order the events of the video. Present the events in sets of two or three.  Ask: ¿Qué pasa primero? ¿Y entonces? Use sentences like these:

___ Doki pinta el árbol verde.
___ Doki no tiene pintura verde
___ Doki mezcla pintura azul con pintura amarilla.

___ Pincel le dice a Doki como hacer el color marrón.
___ Doki mezcla pintura naranja con pintura negra.

___ Doki mezcla pintura blanca con la pintura azul.
___ Doki dice que el azul es muy oscuro para el cielo.
___ Doki pinta el cielo.

6. Older children can learn and act out the dialog.

7. To practice different Spanish vocabulary, you can use the same dialog to talk about mixing other colors to paint different pictures.  For example, the picture can be of a pumpkin and the colors that you have can be red and orange.

Vocabulary – This is the key Spanish vocabulary from the video.

crear – to make, to create
mezclar – to mix
pintar – to paint
poder (puedo, puedes) – to be able to, can (I can, you can)
tener (tengo) – to have (I have)

Colores / Colors:
amarillo – yellow
azul – blue
blanco – white
marrón – brown
naranja – orange
negro – black
verde – green

Otras palabras / Other words:
el árbol – tree
el cielo – sky
el color – color
la pintura – paint

Transcript – This is the conversation you hear on the video with a translation.

– Ahora voy a pintar este árbol de color verde. / Now I’m going to paint this tree green.
Tengo naranja, amarillo, azul, blanco y negro.  / I have orange, yellow, blue, white and black.
No tengo pintura verde. Así no puedo pintar mi árbol. / I don’t have green. So I can’t paint my tree.

– Claro que puedes Doki. / Of course you can Doki.

– Es que no tengo pintura verde. / But I don’t have green paint.

– Pero puedes crearla mezclando la pintura azul con la pintura amarilla. / But you can make it by mixing blue paint with yellow paint.

– Wow, eres un mago, Pincel. / Wow, you’re a magician, Pincel.
Ahora me hace falta el marrón. / Now I need brown.

– Tranquilo, Doki. Puedes crear el marrón mezclando la pintura naranja con un poquito de pintura negra. / Don’t worry, Doki. You can make brown by mixing orange paint with a little bit of black paint.

– Este azul es muy oscuro para el cielo.  Va a parecer que es de noche. / This blue is very dark for the sky. It is going to look like it’s night.

– Mezcla el azul con el blanco y verás. / Mix the blue with the white and you’ll see.

– Ahora sí mi cielo será de día. / Now it will be a daytime sky.

– Ya sabes, Doki. Mezclando las pinturas puedes obtener nuevos colores. / Now you know, Doki. Mixing coloring you can get new colors.

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