Objective: to create rhythms to enhance fluency with Spanish numbers and counting.
Maracas are always a hit with kids, as they love to make noise and it is an active method of developing and practicing Spanish numbers and fluency.
- Shake maracas and count out loud the desired number.
- Create rhythms and count aloud.
Ex. Uno, dos, uno, dos, uno, dos
- Go around the circle and each child has a turn to count and shake maracas.
- Count backwards 10- 1, or 20-1
- Give directions and numbers: Cinco arriba, 10 detrás, etc.
- Depending on age and ability level of children, count by 2’s, 5’s, 10’s, etc.
- Create rhythms by shaking maracas and couting aloud. Have children imitate your rhythms. Then allow kids to lead the activity and count aloud in Spanish.
- Ex: uno, dos, uno, dos, tres, uno, dos….
Maracas are inexpensive items that can be found at www.orientaltrading.com, www.thedollartree.com, and www.partycity.com. Or you can simply make your own from plastic eggs, toilet paper rolls, etc. It is fun to be creative and find small objects to fill with beans or beads for your homemade maracas.