Click on the link above to listen to the colores Spanish song
Spanish Colors Lesson. Choose two colors then hold up an object saying the color; i.e., hold up blue marker and say ‘azul’. Point to you then say the word. Next, point to the students for them to repeat. Say ‘muy bien’ then continue the repetition until you are ready to move on to the second color. Example, say ‘azul’ while holding up the color then point to the students to repeat ‘azul’. When ready choose another color like ‘anaranjado’ and ask students to repeat, using your hand motions. Switch back and forth while students practice listening and repeating the colors in Spanish. You can also hold up a color and ask ‘es azul o anaranjado’ (is this blue or orange). I generally use a children’s Spanish board book for my prop. Some of the other questions I eventually incorporate into a color lesson include ‘qué color es – what color is this’ or ‘Y este – and this’.
Shapes in Spanish. To teach shapes you can use shapes from your class to pass out to students they say to them ‘quién tiene un círculo – who has a circle’ then ask students to raise their hands if that is that shape they have. Repeat this with ‘triánglo, cuadro and rectángulo’.
Describe your toy. To practice using adjectives to describe an object you can choose something like a stuffed animal to describe using adjectives like ‘es suave – it’s soft, no es duro – it’s not hard, es mullido – it’s fluffy, es pequeño – it’s small, es mediano – it’s medium, no es grande – it’s not big, es rugoso – it’s fluffy’. Question words to use with students include ‘Cómo es – what is it like’
Body Parts. For this activity you can use a simple Simon Says game along with students drawing a monster image. Students seem to like both especially activities especially being able to draw and talk about their monster. Ask students to draw a funny monster with any body part then ask the students to use vocabulary to describe.
- tiene – he/she has
- no tiene – he/she doesn’t have
- un ojo – an eye
- cinco ojos – five eyes
- una boca – a mouth
- dos orejas – two ears
- un nariz – a nose
- cinco manos – five hands
Animals. I like to use this activity with kindergarten students. After practice repeating the animal vocabulary in Spanish you can ask students what ‘what is this’ then make an animal sound.
- vaca -cow (mu mu mu mu)
- pavo – turkey (gluglú gluglú)
- gallo – rooster (kikirikí)
- burro – donkey (ii-aah)
- oveja – sheep (bee mee)
- pato – duck (cuac cuac)
- perro – dog (guau guau)
You can also use plastic farm animals as props to practice saying the words in Spanish. One activity students like to do is sit in a circle with a small animal figure, passing it around behind their backs with the teacher asking ‘quién tiene/who has’ then say the animal in Spanish
- Quién tiene la vaca – who has the cow
- Quién tiene la gallina – who has the chicken