Teach Kids Spanish at Home With Fun Spanish Immersion Games – Even If You Don’t Speak Spanish!

Games are a fun way to reinforce a new language in a way that is fun to  practice, and where the words are used in context so they stick. Here are 2  games you can use to teach Spanish at home:

Twister

This activity uses a “Twister” game board to teach some Spanish. To prepare,  set out your board, or make your own playing area by placing colored pieces of  paper on the ground.

The instructions in Spanish are,

“Pon tu [insert body part – hand foot or head] [insert left or right if  needed] en el color [insert color].”

Examples:

Pon tu mano derecha en el color azul (pohn too mah-noe deh-rech-ah in ell  koh-lohr ah-zool)- put your right hand on the color blue

Pon tu pie izquierdo  en el color naranja (pohn too pea-aye ess-kwair-doh in ell koh-lohr  nah-rah-nya)- put your left foot on the color orange

Here’s a list of words you may need:

Izquierda (ess-kwair-doh) – Left

Derecha (deh-rech-ah) – Right

Mano  (mah-no) – Hand

Pie (pea-aye) – Foot

Cabeza (kah-bey-zah) – Head

Rojo  (roh-hoe) – Red

Naranja (nah-rah-nya)- Orange

Amarillo (ah-mah-ree-yo) –  Yellow

Verde (vehr-day) – Green

Azul (ah-zool)-Blue

Negro (nay-grow) –  Black

Blanco (blahn-koh) – White

To play, one person calls out the instructions which the others follow. Each  instruction gives a body part (left or right hand, left or right foot, or head)  and a color to move that body part to. Each player moves the named body part to  the color in the instruction. You can select the body parts and colors with the  twister spinner, or assign numbers on a pair of dice (one represents color, one  represents body part), or just call out whatever you like.

The last one to fall down wins!

Charades

Another fun game to play with children is similar to charades. If you are new  to Spanish, make up some flash cards or reference sheets to assist in your  guessing.

To play, each person takes a turn pretending to be an animal. The person who  correctly guesses the animal and names it in Spanish gets to go next!

Here’s a list of animal names to get you started:

el alce (ell owl-say)- elk, moose

el caballo (el kah-bai-yo)- horse

el camello (el kah-mey-yo)- camel

el canguro (el can-gwair-oh)- kangaroo

la cebra (la say-bra)- zebra

el cerdo (ell sair-doe)- pig

el  chimpancé (ell chim-pan-say)- chimpanzee

el ciervo (ell see-air-voh)- deer

el conejo (ell koh-nay-ho)- rabbit

el elefante (ell ell-eh-fahn-tay)- elephant

la foca (la foe-kah)- seal

el gato (ell gah-toe)- cat

el  gorila (ell go-rihl-ah)- gorilla

el guepardo (ell gweh-pahr-doe)- cheetah

la jirafa (la jeer-ah-fah)- giraffe

el hipopótamo (ell  hip-poe-poe-tah-moe)- hippopotamus

el koala (ell koh-all-ah)- koala

el  león (ell lee-ohn)- lion

el león marino (ell lee-ohn mar-ee-no)- sea lion

el leopardo (ell lee-oh-pahr-doe)- leopard

el mono (ell moh-no)- monkey

el oso (ell oh-sew)- bear

el perro (ell pear-oh)- dog

el rinoceronte  (ell ree-no-sir-ahn-tay)- rhinoceros

el tigre (ell tee-gray)- tiger

el  zorro (ell zohr-roh)- fox

You’ve just had some quality play time with your kids, and squeezed in some  Spanish as well!

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