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!