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Spanish Camp for Kids- 2014

Friday, June 13th, 2014

Spanish Summer Camp 2014

¡Viva la música!

Children will be creating their own instruments and learning about music, rhythms, and cultural songs from various Spanish speaking countries.  We will make drums, maracas, guitars, and play them in our own band!  Traditional games and activities played at Fiestas will be enjoyed as well!  Parents join us at the end of the last day for a special presentation.


Join Bilingual Fun this summer for interactive and fun filled Spanish camp!  Our Spanish summer camps provide an opportunity for children to practice and learn Spanish in a natural environment through music, movement, games, interactive lessons, crafts and more! Bilingual Fun offers Spanish classes and camps which are designed to introduce children to the language through cultural and  age appropriate immersion activities, through fun, play based activities.


Healthy snacks will be provided each day.  Campers are encouraged to bring their own water bottle.


Camp session will be divided into two age groups:

Preschool- K , and 1st– 5th grade


2 locations:

August 5, 6, 7

Farmington Hills- Orchard UMC


August 12, 13,14



9 am – 12 noon

Tuition: $80/child.  10 % sibiling discount



Please send an email to with the subject line Spanish camp.   Let us know which week you are interested in and how many kids you would like to register. We will send you an online payment link and instructions to pay via check.


Space is limited, so please contact us today!  We look forward to seeing your kids at Spanish Summer Camp! 

Fun Spanish Games for Children

Monday, May 12th, 2014

Kids Have Fun Learning Spanish with Interactive Games

This month the Bilingual Fun children are working on a Food unit.  There are so many vocabulary words to learn and remember, so we always incorporate movement and kinesthetic activities to keep things fun and to encourage active learning.

Hacer un Sandwich Activity:

We are big fans of Melissa and Doug’s Sandwich Stacker game.  It has large Velcro pieces, with ingredient cards.  There are so many different ways to play the game, and all of the activities include listening, speaking, and movement.  If you don’t have this game, you can simply make large visuals from cardstock or construction paper.  The philosophy of the activities is to have the kids identify la comida and follow patterns.  Here are a few of the fun ways we use this activity to teach Spanish to kids:

1. Put kids in small groups and give them the ingredient cards.  They have to make the sandwich as fast as they can.  When completed they have to tell you the ingedients and if they like it or not.  Some combinations are very silly and the kids think it is funny to have  la mermelada con el queso, etc.

2.  Place bread visuals in the center of the circle.  Hand out ingredients to kids.  They must  say the word and toss the ingredient onto the bread when you call it out in Spanish.  Very fun!  Once the words have been practiced, have different kids be the caller and they have to decide what goes on the sandwich.

3.  Jumping and Speaking:  Place all ingredients on the floor in a line or pattern.  Kids have to jump over each item and say the word before they jump.  Kids love this game and the kinesthetic aspect helps to reinforce the vocabulary each time!

The Sandwich activity works well with La Pizza , La Ensalada, or any other food that has several ingredients.   Children learn best when actively participating and having fun, so give these simple, fun Spanish activities a try at home or with your students!


Valentine Spanish Activities

Thursday, February 6th, 2014


With el Dia de San Valentin approaching, we want to share a few ideas for extending simple holiday activities in Spanish.

Teach Formas y Figuras: los corazones are the highlight of this activity. Simply use colored paper or colored felt. Cut out a variety of different shapes, including many hearts. Have students place them on the feltboard or large paper when you call out the shape, encouraging kids to make a collage. As a reinforcement, ask kids to count los corazones and identify the color of each.


Word Scramble: this is a great activity for practicing the alphabet and letter sounds. Teach and reinforce several different words pertaining to Valentine’s Day ( amor, tarjeta, beso, abrazo, te quiero,etc). Scramble the words and have kids work in teams to unscramble and spell correctly.

Los Dulces—Sorting: use conversation hearts ( sold in Spanish at many stores!). Give kids a small pile of hearts and have them make a simple graph of each color. Reinforce with the group, making a class graph discussing student’s favorites. Practice me gusta, no me gusta.

Loteria: use a simple blank template for Bingo and have kids write their own words in the blanks. Use conversation hearts or heart cut outs as cover pieces. Great practice for reinforcing Valentine vocabulary in Spanish.

Holiday Number Activities in Spanish

Sunday, December 15th, 2013


Practice Spanish Numbers with Fun Holiday Activities

Here are a few activities that the Bilingual Fun kids have been doing to reinforce numbers, using Holiday themes in Spanish.


Gingerbread Dice Game:

1. Simply write numbers all over a gingerbread template.

2. Give kids each a dice and have them take turns rolling.

3.  They must find their number on the gingerbread man, say it in Spanish.  We used magnets, but you can simply have kids cover the number with a sticker, colored pom pom, or do individual activity and have them circle the number. Lots of language objectives can be practiced:  question/answer, listening practice, number identification, etc.

4. With our older students, the kids worked in pairs and had 2 dice.  They practiced multiplication sentences  and had to find the larger numbers. Ejemplo:  cinco por ocho son cuarenta, etc, etc.

Hide the Object

1.  Find a simple Advent Calendar with pockets ( The Dollar Tree has a good selection).

2.  Use holiday themed stickers or foam shapes to hide in the pockets.

3.  Choose a variety to reinforce vocabulary.  We used la estrella, el osito, el regalo, el copo de nieve, etc.

4.  Have kids close their eyes and hide the visuals in the number pockets.  Then kids take turns guessing where it is hidden.

5.  Before each child takes a turn, ask the question as a group, so that all kids are having a chance to produce the language.

6.  Depending on the age of the kids, allow students to hide the visuals and lead the question/answer activity.

This is a very fun activity and the kids love to anticipate where it may be hidden.  Advent Calendars give a good opportunity for children to practice the numbers in Spanish from uno- veinticinco.

Los Libros- Spanish, Bilingual, and Cultural Holiday books for kids

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

Children Learn Spanish through Holiday Books:

We all know reading is an essential part of language development.  Using books during the holiday season is an excellent way to teach children about the Spanish speaking culture, as well as enhance listening comprehension and vocabulary.  Here are some of our favorites:

Uno, dos, tres, Posada -por Viriginia Kroll

N is for Navidad– por Susan Middleton Elya

La Leyenda de la Flor de la Nochebuena– por Tomie de Paola

Merry Navidad– por Alma Flor Ada

La Primera Navidad de Clifford– Norman Bridwell

Too Many Tamales– por Gary Soto

Historias de Navidad para la hora de dormir– Renea Brumbaugh

La Primera Navidad– por Alia Zobel

Mi Primer Libro– La Navidad– DK Publishing

La Nochebuena– por Antonio Sacre

El Burrito de Belén– por Emily Kingon

Celebra La Navidad y el Dia de Los Reyes Magos con Pablo y Carlitos–  por Alma Flor Ada y F. Isabel Campoy




Teach Clothing in Spanish- La Ropa

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

There are so many fun, interactive ways to reinforce la ropa when teaching Spanish to children!  Fashion shows, Loteria, Yo Veo, are just a few of the classics that the Bilingual Fun kids participate in during La Ropa unit.   Guessing games are a favorite because they allow students to practice identifying vocabulary and they encourage language production and fluency.

Here are 2 simple, fun guessing game for kids learning Spanish:

What is Missing?

Place a variety of clothing items on a table.  Review and reinforce the words.  Have kids close their eyes and remove an item.  They must guess the missing item correctly in Spanish.  Vary the difficulty level, by taking away various items, allowing the activity to be student led, ask questions about the color, size, etc.  This is a very fun way to practice a multitude of vocabulary and to get the kids speaking Spanish!

¿Dónde está…..?

Simply use flashcards, or printed clothing pictures in a pocket chart, and hide a small sticker or item behind one.  We used a small flower sticker for this activity.   There are many ways to make this interactive, by choral repetition of the question, then allowing kids to take turns guessing a vocabulary word in Spanish. The kids love to make a big deal saying ‘ no está o si está aqui! You can vary this and repeat it several times to practice fluency and listening comprehension.

Mister G ABC Fiesta- Fun Bilingual Music!

Monday, October 21st, 2013




A celebration of music and reading is presented in Mister G’s latest release ” ABC  Fiesta”,  which is filled with a blend of Latin rhythms, funky acoustic guitar, that makes you want to dance and sing!   Music and songs are some of the best ways to expose and reinforce the Spanish language to kids, and this latest CD by Mister G is fun, upbeat, and educational.   I love that there are voices of bilingual children featured, as well as several playful interludes illustrating how certain Spanish words are used in different ways throughout Latin America.   Not only are the songs great for enhancing listening and fluency, but also to spark conversation about culture and language!  One of my favorite songs is ABC Fiesta, which is a celebration of  letters, words, and reading in both Spanish and English.  My kids love to dance and sing along to Cocodrilo, as well as the interactive Frota Tu Panza, which is a great lesson for body parts!

Mister G, is a Parents’ Choice Gold Award winning artist, whose music has been featured in People Magazine, on national television,  and is currently on the Latin Grammy ballot as a contender for Best Chidren’s Album of 2012 for his previous album Chocolala.    He has extensive  experience from being awarded a songwriting scholarship to the Berklee College of Music, earning a Master’s degree in elementary education, and a critically acclaimed career performing for adults, and now is inspired to create children’s music.  We are so happy he did!   As a bilingual educator and parent, I am always looking for fresh, upbeat music that kids and parents will love, to help foster the Spanish language development.  ABC Fiesta is a perfect combination both for enjoyment and to be used as a teaching tool!

I hope you have a chance to check Mister G out live, as he has a multi city tour going on right now.  Check out for dates and locations.  A few of the upcoming concerts include:

Oct 27      Academy of Music Theater     Northampton, MA

Nov. 9     Schuba’s Tavern                        Chicago, IL

Nov. 10   Musical Merry Go Round        St. Louis, MO

Mister G will be playing concerts through December 15.  Check out his site for a date and location nearest you!  If you would like to hear some samples of the newest songs, you may listen here.  Enjoy!


When we find great bilingual music, we love to share it with you!  Now is your chance to win a copy of Mister G ABC Fiesta for your family or classroom!  Simply leave a comment here on the Bilingual Fun blog stating why you would love to have your own copy!  We will chose a winner on  10/28.

Gracias! 🙂


* The opinions expressed in this review are those of Bilingual Fun.

Learn Spanish with Guessing Games

Monday, October 14th, 2013

Teach Children Spanish with Fun, Interactive Games


Kids love guessing games and they offer a great opportunity for language production.  They are so many easy, fun methods to make a guessing game fun and interactive.  Kids learn Spanish with they are playing and interacting, therefore in our Bilingual Fun lessons, we use a variety of guessing games as a successful teaching strategy.


By repeating the question and context vocabulary, children  are listening and comprehending new words.  When they have the turn to take a guess,  the language production is enhanced and Spanish is being taught and learned without kids even realizing it is a lesson!   Using a variety of different questions, words, voice intonations, and repetition all add to make the activity exciting and interactive.
Here are few simple ideas for different types of guessing games:

1.  Use a pocket chart with number flashcards.  Hide a small picture or flat object behind a number.  Be sure that the object pertains to the lesson topic, so that context rich conversation can be reinforced.

2.  Use colored bean bags or colored cups, hide the object or number under each color.

3.  Use felt pieces on a felt board ( shapes or colors work well), hide a felt number of felt object.

4.  Repeat the question for each child taking a guess.  Have other students take turns asking the question as well.  Continue to reinforce the vocabulary for each question.

5.   Be expressive when they find it or do not find it,  repeating expressions and phrases.  Encourage all kids to repeat along with you.

6.  Be creative and have fun!  We usually incorporate a guessing game in each lesson, merely changing the method and vocabulary.  Kids love the suspense and they especially love when they guess it correctly!


Make Your Next Museum Visit a Bilingual Experience

Sunday, July 21st, 2013

Beat the Heat by Visiting a Children’s Museum: Tons of Bilingual Venues!


The heat is on this summer and although we love the beach, pool, and sporting activities,  I also love a great, indoor educational opportunity!    One of our favorite things to do to beat the heat  is to visit Children’s museums.  There are so many amazing museums throughout the country and there is sure to be one close to where you live.


Many of the museums are bilingual venues, with the signs and displays in both English and Spanish.  Even if they don’t have bilingual signs, the displays and themes are a great way to let your kids practice Spanish ( point out familiar vocabulary, describe activities in Spanish, play I Spy and look for colors, count the different themes, etc).  Many of the children’s museums have thematic displays ranging from science, to weather, food, to animals, and so much more!

We recently visited one of our favorite museums:  The Children’s Museum of Houston.

This venue is amazing with all signs and audio info available in both English and Spanish.  My kids always have a great time exploring  the displays!

Some of the favorites were caring for los animales enfermos en la oficina del veterinario,

shopping en el supermercado,

playing el detective en la division de  crímen ,

taking out dinero del banco ATM,

fishing en el río,


and so much more!


Find a Children’s Museum in your community here.

Stay cool this summer and include some bilingual fun in your next museum visit!

Kids Learn Spanish with Familiar Books

Thursday, July 11th, 2013


Using familiar books and stories is an easy way for kids to learn Spanish.  We love to share well known stories and books with our students, as they can easily make language connections with topics they know.  All of the Eric Carle books are fantastic, and Oso Café is favorite that we use for so many different activities to teach Spanish to children.


Here are a few ideas that work well in our classes and at home:


1.  Freeze Dance:   use the animals from the book, and place them all over the floor.  ( Great templates at  Play music and give kids various commands.  When the music stops, have the children look for a particular animal and they must stand by it. Example:  Busquen el caballo azul.  Repeat various times.  This is a great way for kids to make color and animal identification.

2. Bean Bag toss:  See picture.  I found this awesome floor mat at Five Below (  We use colored bean bags, and give kids commands to toss them on a particular animal.  Then we take turns having the kids give each other the commands.

3.  Yo Veo:   We reinforce the phrase from the book ” yo veo….”, then hand out visuals from the story.  The kids sit in a circle, and they go around the circle and say what  animal they see sitting next to them.  We exchange the visuals several times so that kids get a chance to use a variety of vocabulary.  Great production practice!

4.  Favorite Animal Drawing:   As a culminating activity, the kids choose one of the animals from the book and illustrate it.  They each take a turn showing their drawing and telling the class:  Mi animal favorito es el pato amarillo, etc.


These activities are simple and can be adapted for a variety of ages.  Children will learn Spanish while having fun with these simple, interactive lessons!



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