Are you looking for ways to master Spanish? Spanish activities are essential to learning the language. We’re going to share fun ideas that you can practice at home between your Spanish lessons.
Whether or not your child is taking lessons with a professional, you can also work with them at home to help them feel confident in their skills and stay motivated. From games to listening comprehension and cultural activities, here are 21 fantastic ways to practice Spanish.
Fun Spanish Activities
Practicing Spanish doesn’t have to be dull. These fun Spanish activities are entertaining for both adults and kids. Some of these activities are best for groups.
Try one of these Spanish for fun learning activities at your next family game night!
Word Snake is a fun activity to play with a partner or in a group. The first player writes down a Spanish word. The next player must think of a Spanish word that begins with the last letter of the first word.
Continue in this fashion to form a snake of words across the page. If your child already knows a lot of Spanish vocabulary, make the game more challenging by using Spanish words that begin with the last syllable of the previous word.
Practice Spanish while playing a classic game!
All you need is some paper, a pencil, and a timer. Designate one person as the artist. Then, they will draw a picture of a person, place, or thing while the other players guess (in Spanish, of course!). If you have enough people, you can play in teams.
Verb conjugation practice is essential in learning Spanish, but simply filling out verb tables and worksheets can be boring and tedious.
Make Spanish practice enjoyable with the Verb Conjugation Trainer game. Select the verb tense and the verb stem ending and match the correct pronoun with the conjugation.
The game keeps track of the score and has an audio option to help your son or daughter learn correct pronunciation.
Help your child learn Spanish vocabulary with this online game from Digital Dialects.
The game allows you to review a word list. Then, it tests your language and recall skills. The game gives you a word and then asks you to match it with the corresponding picture.
Some bilingual books tell a story in both English and Spanish. Others gradually incorporate Spanish vocabulary into the story.
You can find many bilingual books online and in bookstores.
Spanish Listening Activities
Consistency and repetition are vital to learning any new language. These Spanish listening activities will help to reinforce understanding and comprehension.
Lotería is a Mexican card game similar to Bingo, except the cards have pictures and names of objects, people, or animals instead of numbers.
As in Bingo, each player gets a board with different pictures. One person acts as the caller, and they will draw a card and read the Spanish word. The other players use playing pieces (usually beans) to mark off spots on their board that match the word on the caller’s card.
Make sure to switch callers and players, so everyone gets equal reading/speaking and listening practice.
These listening quizzes are great for Spanish vocabulary activities and listening skills for various skill levels. The recordings for these quizzes have built-in pauses to allow the listener to answer the questions. Choose between five topics to practice a range of Spanish vocabulary.
These Spanish-listening quizzes are great for school-aged kids and teens.
Notes in Spanish podcasts are great for intermediate to advanced Spanish students. On the website, you will find an archive of almost 100 files. Get even more from the podcasts by downloading the accompanying worksheets, which test listening comprehension.
Spanish Speaking Activities
Learn to speak Spanish with confidence with Spanish speaking activities. You can try these activities with your kids, or they can practice them with their peers.
This is another excellent Spanish activity to play with a partner or group.
One player describes an object or a person, and the other participants try to guess what they are talking about. If you have a big group, you can play this game in teams.
This game works well for all levels of Spanish speakers; you use Spanish adjectives or complete Spanish sentences.
Sing Along to Spanish Music
No matter what type of music your child is into, it’s easy to find songs in Spanish. Encourage your child to search online for Spanish lyrics and practice singing along.
Kids can find the Spanish versions of their favorite songs or discover some new music. This is a fantastic way to practice Spanish pronunciation.
Spanish Role Play
Role play works with any number of people. Practice realistic situations or find inspiration in soap operas to really have some fun. You can even find Spanish role play scripts online.
Have fun with this and be creative! This is a great way to practice conversation skills.
Spanish Alphabet Activities
Learning a new language means new vowels, new sounds, and new letters. These alphabet Spanish activities will help your child learn Spanish vowels and letters.
This 123 Teach Me activity will take you through the alphabet and teach you to pronounce each letter. Put your knowledge to the test with videos, worksheets, and other Spanish activities.
Spanish Cultural Activities
One of the most fun and interesting aspects of studying a new language is learning about the culture. Help your child get excited about Spanish culture with these family-friendly activities.
La Pirinola is a traditional game for two or more players. You will need a pirinola (a small top-shaped object with six sides) and 10 chips for each player. Label the pirinola according to the rules below.
Each participant places two chips in the center and takes turns to spin the pirinola. You can land on toma uno (take one), toma dos (take two), toma todo (take all), pon uno (put one), pon dos (put two), or todos ponen (everyone puts a chip in the pot).
If you lose all of your chips, you’re out of the game. The winner is the player who ends up with the most chips.
University of Texas at Austin has archives of more than 200 video interviews with professionals on Spanish cultural issues. A number of executives talk about each topic, which gives you a chance to see various viewpoints on the same issues and learn about the culture.
You can also watch videos with a transcript in English or Spanish.
These interviews are more suited for teens, high school students, and intermediate Spanish students.
Ofrendas are part of the Spanish holiday el Dia de los Muertos (the Day of the Dead), where family members gather to honor deceased loved ones.
Spanish families create ofrendas (offerings) every November for relatives and friends who have passed away. Learn more about ofrendas by completing these fun activities from Spanish Language & Culture.
Cook Spanish Food
This is a fun family activity and a fantastic way to practice Spanish reading and comprehension. Look up some Spanish recipes online and head to la cocina (the kitchen)!
Follow the directions in Spanish and learn to make traditional dishes from Spain or Latin America.
Spanish Activities for Kids
While most of the activities on this list are great for kids, we wanted to include some fun, kid-friendly games that aren’t just fun but also educational! Most of these Spanish activities for kids are modified versions of classic games you may already know.
El semáforo is an outdoor game perfect for practicing Spanish with kids. Everyone lines up and an adult calls out commands: “verde” (green) for run, “amarillo” (yellow) for walk, and “rojo” (red) for stop. Sound familiar? El semaforo is just like the English game Red Light – Green Light.
If kids move when they’re supposed to be still or run when they’re supposed to walk, they must return to the starting line.
Veo, veo is the Spanish-speaking equivalent of I Spy, although it has slightly different rules.
One person starts by saying: “Veo, veo,” (I see, I see). The second person answers: “¿Qué ves?” (what do you see?). The first person replies: “Una cosita” (a little thing).
Continue the game by asking yes/no questions until you figure out the mystery object.
Some sayings in Spanish are very similar to the ones in English, but others are completely different. This game will allow you to help your child understand some of the more common phrases.
Practice by printing out these cards, cutting each phrase in half, and matching pieces to create sentences correctly. You can also place all the cards face down and play a memory game.
Regardless of your child’s age or level, you now have 23 different activities to help your Spanish student practice between lessons. Pick your favorite activities and have fun helping your child learn and improve!
As you may have guessed, this activity is great to help kids learn the colors in Spanish!
Color, color is a version of tag. A caller (a parent or another player) yells out a color in Spanish. The kids must touch an object of this color before the caller can tag them.
Enjoy Learning with Spanish Activities!
Learning a new language has many benefits, such as career readiness, cultural knowledge, and memory strengthening. Not to mention, it’s fun! We hope you enjoy trying out some of this activity in Spanish while you master a new language.
For extra help, you (or your child) can work with an online or in-person Spanish teacher.