Games and Spanish Learning
You don’t have to create brand new games to help your children learn and practice Spanish. By using classic, fun games that you may already own, kids will have a blast practicing their bilingual skills! Playing fun, easy games is a great way to build confidence and practice the language in a relaxed environment. Kids will learn Spanish and have fun with games you may already have in your closet! Here are a few of our favorites that we play while teaching Spanish to children.
CandyLand: this classic simple game is always a favorite with young children and very easy to incorporate Spanish. Even if you are not a bilingual parent, the simple objective of the game and repetition of colors and counting is an excellent practice
Memory: There are many different versions of this classic game. If you have the original, it has a plethora of pictures to practice a wide range of vocabulary
Pictionary: Kids love this interactive game. You can use the original Pictionary, or merely make your own list of items to draw. Depending on our child’s vocabulary or the theme you want to practice, this is so much fun and allows everyone involved to produce the language by guessing.
HeadBanz: This is a new game that has become popular within the past few years. This is an excellent game for communication and comprehension practice, as it involves lots of speaking. If the players are not fully bilingual and cannot give clues in Spanish, simply play in it English, but try guessing the picture in Spanish. This is a great game for elementary kids and older!
Guess Who? This game focuses on descriptions, so it is a perfect adjective practice. The players have to guess and eliminate people based on descriptions.
Pictureka! Bonus, the playing cards are bilingual! The set that we own, has English and Spanish words on all cards. It is a good practice for identification and vocabulary development.
Taboo! This is an older game that my high school students loved! It can be fun for elementary age kids and older. It involves a lot of speaking and players must have good comprehension and fluency. The objective is to give clues by using a wide variety of words and phrases and not saying certain words on the cards. It is an excellent game for bilingual speakers!
Battleship: If you want to practice numbers and letters, this is the perfect game! It is slow moving, but for kids that know numbers and letters, they can focus and play this fun game of strategy! Give kids phrases to practice while playing…. Está cerca- it’s close, or está lejos- it’s far.
Connect Four: Simple and repetitive practice for counting. Great for all ages!
Mastermind: This is such a fun game of strategy and guessing. The color combinations offer a good opportunity for color repetition and recognition, as well as memory strategies.
Sorry! This is just as much fun as CandyLand and often older children relate better to this game. The primary focus is colors and counting, but you can also incorporate communicative phrases using ‘ lo siento- I’m sorry”, when you knock an opponent home.