Valentine’s Day is a great holiday for practicing Spanish vocabulary and encouraging communication. Here are 3 very simple ( hardly any prep), quick Valentine activities to use with children learning Spanish. They can easily be modified for different ages and ability levels.
¡ Feliz Día de San Valentín!
1. Hunt for Los Corazones
Simply cut out hearts in different sizes and colors ( paper or felt) and hide them around the room. Give kids clues or a time limit to find todos los corazones. Bring them together as a group and sort by color and size. Illicit conversation by asking
¿Cúantos tienes en total? ¿Cúantos corazones son grandes, medianos, pequeños?, etc.
2. Loteria- Bingo
Give children blank bingo sheets and have them fill in all of the squares with los corazones de colores diferentes. Use candy hearts as the coverings and call out colors. When a child gets a bingo, encourage kids to communicate using phrases such as ‘ yo tengo un corazón rojo, un corazón verde, etc”. With older students, you can have them also fill numbers in the hearts and give math problems the questions ” Cinco por nueve son ?”.
3. Una Estimación- How many hearts will fit?
Draw a large heart and have small candy hearts on hand ( heart stickers or small pom poms work well too). Ask children to estimate how many hearts it will take to fill up el corazón. Kids really enjoy guessing the numbers and then count as a group as the heart is filled. This is a great practice for larger numbers diez- cien.