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.
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!
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.
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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.
|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.
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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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.
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