Bilingual Thematic Activities: Seasons Q-Tip 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.
-Un Día de Nieve
-Cambia el Tiempo Cambia las Estaciones by Alejandro Algarra
-Seasons and Weather by Usborne (Lift the Flap)
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
Paired with hand gestures
A version of a well-known traditional song
Perfect for singing with hand gestures - creating a hand gesture for each season (otoño, primavera, verano, invierno)
Activity: Q-Tip Art
-Tree Print Out (download)
-Plate or Plastic Paint Pallet
Suggested Language Practice:
Estamos en (otoño, invierno, primavera, verano)
-We are in (fall, winter, spring, summer)
En verano los arboles (son verdes)
-In summer the trees are green.
En otoño a los arboles (se le caen las hojas)
-During the fall, the leaves fall off of the trees.
En invierno los arboles (no tienen hojas)
-In winter the trees do not have leaves.
En primavera a los arboles (les brotan flores y fruita)
-In spring some trees sprout flowers and fruit.
1. Print out the tree template on cardstock (link above)
2. On plates or a paint pallet, squirt different color paints
3. Using the Q-tips, have your child paint stamp the trees to show what they look like during that particular season.
4. Talk about the colors they use and connect the project to images of the books used for this lesson.
5. After their art project drys, they can trace the name of each season.
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