You may have read in my recent post The Truth About Learning Spanish with Kids, that sometimes things seem harder than they really are. When it comes to learning Spanish with my kids ages 5, 4, and 2 the learning can be fun and simple, and it doesn’t have to be hard.
Since September, I have tried to remind myself of this. I try to look for opportunities to easily add Spanish into our normal, daily routine. One trick to doing this, is to make simple activities from supplies around your house that you can leave out and use to engage your kids in Spanish when they are “in the mood.” Sometimes I will create an activity that will sit there for days before someone naturally gets interested in it.
Today I cut out paper hearts from construction paper–one of each color–and taped them around our house. I did this during quiet time, so it will be interesting to see what happens when, or if, the kids notice them.
My plan is to use them for a simple game that goes like this: I yell out a color in Spanish and they run to the heart of that color. Easy-peasy, right?! I will probably even use the phrase “Toca el corazón _____,” and then fill in the blank with one of the color words. If you want to play this game and need pronunciation help, see the chart at the end of this post.
The fun thing about this activity is that I can leave it up all week (for Valentine’s Day), and then I can re-hang the hearts above our kitchen table with the color words written on them.
Then we can continue to learn and practice the colors together all month.
My oldest son knows how to say most of the color words in Spanish, so adding the print to the hearts will help to introduce how to spell/read the colors words in Spanish as well.
I have found that the more I work to have Spanish print, materials, games, and activities at my kids’ disposal the better. That little effort keeps us all aware of the second language and reminds us to engage in the language more frequently.
You can even play this game without making hearts and simply yell out colors in Spanish and have your kids or students run around the room and touch something of that color. Remember–keep it simple, keep it fun! Feliz heart week!
touch (the command)