Learn Prepositions with Ladybugs
You of course do not have to have a ladybug to practice prepositions in Spanish. Just grab any toy or stuffed animal your kids love, learn how to say it in Spanish (www.wordreference.com is a great on-line English-Spanish dictionary), and take it outside for some learning fun!
Look for places you can put the toy above, below, in, inside of, between, under, or beside. Here are some places we found to put our ladybug.
|debajo (day-BAH-hoh) = under, underneath, beneath, below|
detrás (day-TRAHS) = behind
|en (ehn) = on|
|en (ehn) = in, inside|
|encima (ehn-SEE-mah) = on, on top of, over, above|
|entre (EHN-tray) = among, amongst, between|
And remember, if you are not comfortable with full-on Spanish sentences, just try inserting Spanish words. For example, with the prepositions above, hand your child the toy or animal you are playing with and say, "Can you put the ladybug entre the tree trunks?" or "Hey! See if you can reach and put the ladybug encima!" or "Where is the ladybug (as you hide it behind your back)?" to which the kids can answer or you can shout out "Detrás!"
What are some fun ways you practice your prepositions?