Bilingual Thematic Activities: Seasons Sensory Bin
Updated: Apr 16
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: Sensory Bin
-Large plastic bin
-Beans or Beads of different colors
Suggested Language Practice:
Estamos en (otoño, invierno, primavera, verano)
-We are in (fall, winter, spring, summer)
Estamos sembrando (la semilla, la flor).
-We are planting (the seed, the flower).
Mira, empieza a germinar.
-Look, it starts to blossom/grow.
Una flor de color (rosa, azul, naranja, morada...)
-A (pink, blue, orange, purple...) flower.
Ay que vaciar la tiera en la maceta.
-Lets pour to dirt into the flower pot.
1. Pour the black beans into the large plastic bin.
2. Place the shovels, pots, and flowers into the bin.
3. The other beans or beads can be used as pretend seeds.
Importance on Sensory Bins: The primary purpose of sensory bins are for children to explore and play. Playing with sensory bins may get a bit messy. We sometimes use a bed sheet under the play area for easy pick up. It is important to play with your child the first few times to show them how to care for the materials. Later, they can play on their own and use the vocabulary you practice together.
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