Young children are like sponges, and they can pick up languages with remarkable ease. Teaching your child some basic words in Spanish is a breeze at home, with this simple and fun activity that doesn’t require special educational materials.
Using just a few items you already have around the house, you will engage your youngster in an interactive, bilingual lesson. Your child will enjoy searching for parts of the face from old magazines or catalogs, and apply fine motor skills to cut them out and glue them onto a paper plate “face.” It will reinforce these facial features in English as well as introduce new vocabulary words in Spanish.
Old magazines or catalogs with pictures of people in them
Glitter glue or 3-D glue and other embellishments
What You Do:
Set out several magazines or catalogs for your child to thumb through. Explain to her that she is going to assemble her own face using pictures from the magazines so she should find parts that she likes.
Ask her to find two eyes, a nose, a mouth, and two ears.
Have her cut them out carefully.
Help your child glue the pieces onto either side of the paper plate. In this example, the bottom of the plate was used for the face because the patterned border on the front would have distracted from the face.
Ask your child to decorate the plate by adding hair and any other painted accents she wants.
Once the paints are dry, write the English to Spanish translations on the back of the plate as a quick reference guide. Face = cara, Eyes = ojos, Nose = nariz, Mouth = boca, Ears = orejas
If your child is ready for more complex words, include features such as eyelashes, eyebrows, chin, cheek, forehead, teeth, etc.
For fun, have your child draw a miniature body with hands and feet so that those words can be included in the lesson, too.
For even more fun with Spanish, try introducing descriptive colors, expressions or feelings such as happy, sad, sleepy, and so on.