Dramatic Play Helps Your Child Learn Spanish
Dramatic play creates memorable situations that help your child learn Spanish and stimulate the imagination. Play restaurant, go on a picnic, and meet new friends --- can all become Spanish lessons for kids.
It is fun, practical, easy and memorable to learn through dramatic play.
Let’s Go On a Picnic
Put out a picnic basket and gather some food. And let your child pack the basket. Great activity for a group too. Together, say each item in Spanish as your child is holding it and putting it in the basket.
Here are some foods (with indefinite article).
Un Pan - Bread
Un Queso - Cheese
Una Manzana - Apple
Una Naranja - Orange
Una Zanahoria - Carrot
Un Pastel - Cake
Una Canasta- Basket
Una Servilleta - Napkin
After packing march around and settle down with the basket and eat. And say…
Yo como….(I eat) … and fill in the blank.
Do you like it? Say…
Me gusta….and fill in the blank.
If you need help creating these dramatic situations, try
Spanish in a Basket,
which I created to help children learn Spanish through play. It includes all the picnic and restaurant materials you will need, plus stuffed animals who "only speak Spanish". The set has 4 CDs to do the teaching, using dramatic play, stories and original songs -- like the
Touch Your Head song, which you can sample.
Let’s Play Restaurant
Real life situations are a practical way to help your child learn Spanish. Let your child be the server. First set the table. Together, say each word in Spanish as he or she touches the item.
Un Tenedor - A Fork
Una Cuchara - A Knife
Un Cuchillo - A Spoon
Un Plato - A Plate
Greet the server. Say...
Buenos días - Good morning
Buenas tardes - Good afternoon
What would you like to drink? Lemonade? Ask the server. Say…
Querio una limonada . - I want a lemonade.
Por favor. - Please.
Some other possibilities (listed with the definite article).
La Leche - The Milk
El Agua - The Water
El Jugo - The Juice
El Café - The Coffee
EL Té - The Tea
Have your child serve you and say…
Aquí tienes una limonada. - Here is a lemonade.
And you say...
Gracias. - Thank you.
Are you hungry? Say...
Tengo hambre - I am hungry.
Ask for some food.
Quiero- I want
El desayuno- Breakfast
Here are a few choices:
Los huevos - The Eggs
El pan tostado - The Toast
El cereal - The Cereal
Or perhaps it is lunchtime.
El almuerzo - The Lunch
La sopa - The Soup
La hamburguesa - The hamburger
Las papas fritas - The French Fries
Yo como la sopa. - I eat the soup.
Would you like something more interesting?
Now Reverse Roles
These are just a few examples of fun Spanish lessons for kids – and adults too!
Use your imagination to think of more to help your child learn Spanish through dramatic play. Go to the supermarket, play ball , use puppets and plush and … ask your child for ideas.
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