Category: Spanish Lessons

Learning Spanish at the Zoo: Animals (Animales)

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“Z” is for zoo and for zoológico!  This post is about learning Spanish at the zoo, and Spanish zoo books for kids. 

Note: I’m re-publishing this old post for All Done Monkey’s 2016 edition of 31 Days of ABC’s Series. I’ve revamped the content, added a list of Spanish zoo books, and included details of the series.

Learning your animals in Spanish is fun especially when you learn them at the zoo! Little one, his best bud, and I met with a new found friend and; her mom from little one’s Spanish immersion language class at the zoo.
What is funny about this play date is that one of my son’s friends knows Spanish, and the other one doesn’t.  So it was interesting to see how my son was teaching his best bud how to say the animals in Spanish. What was even funnier was that shortly after practicing she comes out “talking” in Spanish!
Truth be told, I had no idea what she was saying because it didn’t even sound like Spanish or English! I was laughing so hard that I couldn’t help myself, and my son tells her, “That’s not Spanish!” So on they went to practice some more the animals in Spanish.

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Bilingual Road Trip Games and Activities

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Planning a 12+ hour road trip to and another 12+ hour road trip from means you need to keep your kids busy in the car!   With so many hours in the car I wanted to sneak in some Spanish learning, too! Yeah, I know I’m sneaky like that! Ha!  Any who, I didn’t want my child to be fixated on a screen for so many hours.
So I started searching the web for bilingual road trip games and activities. Guess what? My search was unsuccessful! Nada!!! Thankfully I have some really awesome blogging friends that shared with me some cool printables in Español. Some were not “travel” related but could be very well used during a road trip. Below are the links for the Spanish resources. Then I’ll share my top three picks that we used for our road trip.

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Categories: Spanish Lessons, Travel

Spanish Easter Scavenger Hunt {Free Printable}

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Looking for a non-traditional Easter scavenger hunt in Spanish? Look no further!

As in year’s past, little one will have an Easter basket by his bed when he wakes up.   He will also be getting a special letter from the Easter bunny himself but in Español!

It’s an Easter scavenger hunt with a twist! He has to solve some riddles in Spanish, and when he does he needs to look for his answer, and so on.  Since he loves animals the Spanish riddles are about animals.

The animals will be by each egg, and inside the egg he will have a small toy (we’re cutting back on the sweets); or you can cut out the riddles and place them in the egg.

This is such a fun activity to do with your bilingual kids in Spanish!

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Sopa de Hortalizas (Coleccion Dos Lenguas) Reading Fair Project

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I am constantly looking for Spanish or Bilingual children’s book for my little man so I was delighted to find Sopa de Hortalizas (Coleccion Dos Lenguas) (Spanish Edition) (affiliate link) by Puerto Rican author Angeles Molina Iturrondo.

Animal books are my son’s favorite, and I love that this book is a two in one. Presented in both English and Spanish with discussion questions for parents. 

This book is a favorite in our home. It’s the story of  Mrs. Rabbit’s trip to the orchard to get some carrots to make some soup. On her way to the orchard she comes across her forest friends who give her advice on what other vegetables to add.  In the end, she makes a yummy vegetable soup to feed her bunnies, and forest friends. 

For this year’s reading fair project my son actually picked this book.  He was so excited, and knows the story by heart. 

When looking for activity ideas for this book I found one geared towards kindergarten age students. I’m sure it can be adapted for 1st graders, too.

For more multicultural, and/or bilingual children’s book activities, and reviews click here.

Categories: Spanish Lessons

The Parrot Club / Club Cotorra Bilingual Children’s and Activity

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Every time we visit Puerto Rico I make sure to come back with one or more books for little one’s home library. We visited El Morro in Old San Juan, and their gift shop had quite a selection of children’s book. My child picked The Parrot Club / Club Cotorra by Nancy Hooper. This made me happy because if it was a book that caught his attention, it’s a book that he will read. It’s an English and Spanish edition in one book.  Just like my son’s favorite book Everywhere Coquis!/¡En dondequiera coquies! and by the same author. 

Little one had his Spanish-speaking friends over for a playdate so I jumped on an impromptu Spanish story time, and activity for this book. 
The story is about the Puerto Rican parrots that had “beautiful” colored feathers, and sang beautifully. They admired themselves so much that they created their own very club:  The Parrot Club.   They boasted themselves amongst the animals on  the island, bragging, and not allowing any animal to join their club. The animals were saddened but they all went about their own way, except for the fish in the ocean. They responded to the parrots that they’d have their own club too, and the parrots weren’t allowed. The parrots were not happy, and said they’d join the club and they all dove into the water! Their beautiful colored feathers were losing it’s color, and they couldn’t sing!  They were saddened about not letting any other animal in their club.  They began to accept their beautiful green color, and all of the animals of the island were part of the animal club. 

The beautiful Puerto Rican parrot is a bright green bird with a red forehead and wide, white eye rings. When the Spaniards colonized Puerto Rico it is estimated that the population of parrots was about a million. During subsequent centuries, 85% of the island suffered deforestation. The only large trees remaining for the parrots to nest in were found mostly in the Caribbean National Forest (El Yunque). The population of the parrots was greatly reduced until laws were passed prohibiting hunting of parrots in the forest. In 1968, the Puerto Rican parrot was put on the endangered species list, kicking off a collaborative effort by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Puerto Rico Department of Natural Resources to rescue the species. In El Yunque there is a parrot aviary run by the federal Fish and Wildlife Service. Today the population of parrots in the forest is less than 50, but every year individual parrots and pairs raised in captivity are released, and the rate of survival of the species is on the rise.

It wasn’t hard to make an activity to tie in with this book.  I  traced the parrot from the book, and cut the shape out of craft foam.

I cut-out different color of foams for the wings, and numbered them (so it would be easy for him to glue) as well as the beak.  I cut long strips of magnetic sheet, and found some googly eyes; and glue sticks. 
Magnetic foam parrot. 

The fun part was having my son and friends glue the parts together to make the parrot. They glued a strip of the magnetic sheet, and proudly displayed them on the refrigerator.

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Bilingual Kids: Reading and Writing in Spanish

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One of my goals when raising a bilingual kid was for him to read and write in Spanish.  Since little one, is not so little anymore.  I have to constantly look for ways to keep him engaged, and interested.

Especially now that that he’s 7 1/2 yrs. old and tells me, “¿Mamá, porque tengo que leer en Español? “Mommy, why do I have to read in Spanish?” I sigh, and smile, “Porque eres bilingüe mi niño.” “Because you’re bilingual my child.”  


So how do I keep him engaged, and excited about  reading and writing in Spanish??  Read along as I share 8 tips on encouraging biliteracy in our home.

 

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Spanish Thanksgiving Activities

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Categories: Spanish Lessons

Spanish Songs for Kids – Multicultural Kid Blogs

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I love Hispanic Heritage Month! We celebrate the contributions of Hispanics and Latino Americans in the United States, the music, the food, and the culture. 
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Speaking of music I am thrilled to share with you a post I wrote for Multicultural Kid Blogs on Spanish songs for kids to celebrate throughout this month.  

That is why I’m so happy to share our favorites with you on Multicultural Kid Blogs! Pssst make sure you scroll all the way to the bottom, and participate in the awesome giveway! Follow Frances @ DTWTMSE’s board Hispanic Heritage Month on Pinterest.

Categories: Spanish Lessons