Learning a new language can be hard, and kids get easily bored and frustrated when you give them the same old lessons every single time. The key to keeping them interested is to make learning fun.
Here are some fun activities for kids learning Spanish to do:
- Listen to Spanish music
Put on a CD while the kids are playing, or when you’re in the car. Music is always a great way to get kids engaged and before you know it they will be singing along in Spanish without even thinking about it.
- Watch Spanish TV Shows
If your kids’ favorite cartoons or TV shows are available in Spanish, encourage them to watch one or two every day. Younger children, in particular, will gain a lot of vocabularies this way as they associate the images on the screen with the words they speak.
- Take Kids To A Spanish Event Or Host Your Own
Joining a Spanish event in your community is a great way to engage children in the language. There are always fun activities for kids learning Spanish to participate in, and they will enjoy playing with the other children as well. You might also want to host Spanish-themed parties.
- Get Some No-Work Spanish Audio Books
Listening to these audiobooks is a great way to enhance your kids’ Spanish vocabulary and listening comprehension skills, even if they are busy playing or doing other things. These audio books contain stories that are read first in English, then in Spanish. Also, each audio book has a different reader, so listeners get used to variations in pronunciation.
- Read Spanish Books
If your children like to read, this is an excellent way to expand their vocabulary and practice pronunciation. Younger children will especially enjoy colorful picture books while older children may prefer Manga-styled books. Just make sure the books are not above their comprehension level or they will get frustrated very quickly.
- Have A “Spanish Hour”
For one hour a day, everyone must speak only in Spanish. No English words allowed! When you come to a word or phrase you don’t know, you have to act it out until someone figures it out. If someone says an English word, they get a point against them. At the end of the hour, the person with the least points wins a prize.
- Invite A Spanish Exchange Student
Of course, you don’t have to look for one in another country! You can simply ask a Spanish child who is learning English over for a play date with your kids. They will end up helping each other learn the language. Who knows, they might even develop a great and lasting friendship.
- Organize A Spanish Cooking Night
Cooking is a great activity for kids to learn about the Spanish, Hispanic or Mexican culture. Get a Spanish cookbook (preferably written in Spanish) and get the kids to help you make a meal. Say the ingredients and measurements in Spanish and explain the cooking methods in Spanish too. You’ll surely have fun with this and get a healthy meal out of it at the same time.