If you want to help your child or teen master Spanish, you have to find ways to help him or her practice in between Spanish lessons.
Whether your child takes lessons in person or online, he or she needs to practice outside of lessons to reinforce these skills. As a parent, you can help your child stay motivated and engaged.
From games to listening comprehension and cultural activities, here are 23 fantastic ways to help your son or daughter practice Spanish.
Fun Spanish Activities
Spanish practice doesn’t have to be dull, in fact, your child will be much more motivated to study, if he or she is having fun! These fun Spanish activities are entertaining and engaging for both adults and kids. They’re great for a couple of people, or you can try them with a group. You can even try one of these fun Spanish 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 difficult by using Spanish words that begin with the last syllable of the previous word.
This game allows you to review a word list and then tests your langugae and recall skills. The game gives you a word and then asks you to match it with the corresponding picture.
Spanish Listening Activities
Consistency and repetition are vital to learn any new language. Look for opportunities for your child to practice speaking and listening. These Spanish-listening activities will help to reinforce understanding and comprehension.
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Lotería is a Mexican card game that is similar to Bingo. Each player gets a board with different pictures. One person acts as the caller and he or she 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.
Spanish Speaking Activities
Spanish speaking activities are much more entertaining than grammar lessons and textbook exercises, and they can be very effective! If you encourage your son or daughter practice consistently, you can help him or her speak Spanish with confidence. You can try these activities with your kids or they can practice them with their peers.
This is another great 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 he or she is talking about. If you have a big group, you can play this game in teams.
Spanish Alphabet Activities
Studying a new language means learning new vowels, sounds, letters, and grammar rules. Repetition and practice can help to eliminate confusion. These Spanish alphabet activities will help your child learn Spanish vowels and letters.
Spanish Cultural Activities
One of the most fun and interesting aspects of studying a new language is learning about the culture. These Spanish cultural activities won’t just help your son or daughter learn Spanish, but also give him or her a greater understanding and appreciation of the culture. Help your child get excited about Spanish culture with these family-friendly ideas.
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.
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.
Spanish Activities for Kids
While most of the activities on this list are great for kids, we wanted to include some kid-friendly games that aren’t just fun, but educational! Most of these Spanish activities for kids are modified versions of classic games you may already know.
El semáforo is an outdoor game that’s perfect for kids to practice Spanish.
Everyone lines up and an adult, or designated player, 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.
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 Spanish phrases.
Practice by printing out these cards, cutting them in half, and then trying to match pieces to create sentences.