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Bilingual Thematic Activities: Seasons Dot Art




Nene Bilingüe has been hosting Spanish Playdates (prior to Covid-19) with a group of friends in our home. Since they have been put on hold for the time being, we thought we could share the ideas with you. These playdates have been named "Nido" to represent the value of learning new languages in the home along with family; just like the chicks living and learning in their nests. I would love to share the songs, activities, crafts, and books we use so that you too can partake in our playdates from the confort of your home. In each post, we will focus on one activity - so expect a few posts for the same theme. Enjoy!



Nido Spanish Playdate: Las Estaciones del Año


The seasons is a science concept. Identifying the seasons and what characterizes each is important for children to know and differentiate. In addition, telling time and the change in time is a math concept and something that is very abstract for younger children. These books, songs and activities will help your bilingual child learn Spanish vocabulary for the seasons and weather.

Los Libros

Bilingual Books

-Días y Días / Days and Days by Ginger Foglesong Guy

Spanish Books

-Toco las Estaciones by Hola Amigo Inc.

-Un Día de Nieve

-Cambia el Tiempo Cambia las Estaciones by Alejandro Algarra

English Books

-Seasons and Weather by Usborne (Lift the Flap)





La Música


-Buenos Dias Amiguitos by Whistefritz & Jorge Anaya

Song we begin all of our Nido Playdates with


-El Arco Iris by Whistlefritz & Jorge Anaya

Perfect for learning the colors and felt board play


-Somos Como las Flores by Charlotte Diamond

Paired with hand gestures


-Que Llueva by José Luis Orozco

A version of a well-known traditional song


-Las Estaciones by José Luis Orozco

Perfect for singing with hand gestures - creating a hand gesture for each season (otoño, primavera, verano, invierno)





Activity: Dot Art


Materials Needed:

-Season Dot Sheets (Summer, Fall, Winter, Spring) Via The Resourceful Mama Blog

-Dot Markers

-Beads

-Stamps

-Stickers

-Crayons

-Markers


Suggested Language Practice:


Estamos en (otoño, invierno, primavera, verano)

-We are in (fall, winter, spring, summer)

En el verano veo (una cubeta, el sol, las sandalias, el helado, la paleta, la pelota de playa)

-In the summer I see (a bucket, the sun, the sandals, an ice cream cone, a popsicle, a beach ball)

En la primavera veo (un paraguas, la lluvia, las nubes, las flores, una mariposa, un cometa/papalote, un caracol, una mariquita)

-In spring I see (an umbrella, the rain, the clouds, the flowers, a butterfly, a kite, a snail, a ladybug)

En el invierno veo (los mitones, una taza de chocolate caliente, las botas, la bufanda, el gorro, el muñeco de nieve, los copos de nieve)

-In winter I see (mittens, a cup of hot chocolate, boots, a scarf, a hat, a snowman, the snowflakes)

En el otoño veo (una bellota, las hojas, una manzana, una ardilla, una calabaza, un girasol, un búho)

-In fall I see (an acorn, leaves, an apple, a squirrel, a pumpkin, a sunflower, an owl)







Instructions:

1. Print the dot art pages (links above)

2. Using any of the art materials and have your child decorate each sheet.

*For repeated use: print the sheets on cardstock and laminate

Children can use a variety of materials to decorate their dot sheet with. Get creative!


Importance of Dot Art: Whatever the material used to decorate the items, children are practicing precision, hand-eye coordination, and fine motor skills. Dot markers are fun to stamp and play with - they are part of our art bin for regular use.






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