Celebrate a Happy Easter in Spanish! Vocab & Activities for Kids
Are you ready to say “Happy Easter!” in Spanish?
After the long period of Lent, Semana Santa (Holy week) is one of the most important religious holidays for Christians. It begins with Palm Sunday when the faithful go to mass carrying olive branches and ends with the Easter Sunday celebrations. Semana Santa remembers and celebrates the passage from death to life of Christ. The tradition dates back to ancient times and is celebrated by more than 1,000 million faithfuls around the world.
Keep reading for a fun lesson on Easter in Spanish full of vocabulary and activities you can enjoy with kids.
The Meaning of a Happy Easter in Spanish
Pascua (Easter) is a special time to rejoice in the new life of Christ and to celebrate the arrival of Spring. The Easter season lasts fifty days and ends on Domingo de Pentecostés (Pentecost Sunday).
A symbol and staple of this Pascua around the world is the Easter bunny, which gained popularity in the 19th century. Rabbits usually give birth to a large litter of baby bunnies, so they became a symbol of new life.
Legends tell children that the Easter bunny lays, decorates, and hides colorful eggs, as they are also a symbol of new life. This celebration is ideal for enjoying with kids and is full of delicious goodies like chocolates and candy.
Read our blog post “All about Holy Week” to learn more on Easter and Semana Santa in Guatemala.
Easter in Spanish Vocabulary for Kids
Talking about holidays in Spanish is a great way of reinforcing knowledge of new words, pronunciation, spelling, and grammar. Teaching your kids how to say happy easter in Spanish is essential for improving their fluency and confidence in the language.
I’ve prepared a list of must-know vocabulary that is guaranteed to equip your kids with the necessary words and phrases for wishing others a happy Easter in Spanish. Let ‘s take a look!
|Holy Week||la semana santa|
|Happy Easter||felices Pascuas|
|Palm Sunday||domingo de ramos|
|Ash Wednesday||miércoles de ceniza|
|Maundy Thursday||jueves santo|
|Good Friday||viernes santo|
|Easter Sunday||domingo de Pascua / domingo de resurrección / domingo de gloria|
|Easter Monday||lunes de Pascua / lunes de resurrección|
|Bunny / Easter Bunny||el conejito / el conejo de Pascua|
|Easter egg||el huevo de Pascua|
|Egg shells||los cascarones|
Example Sentences in Spanish
La Pascua se celebra a final de semana santa.
Easter is celebrated at the end of holy week.
Mi parte favorita de Pascua son los chocolates.
My favorite part of Easter is the chocolates.
¿Qué planes tienes para celebrar Pascua?
What plans do you have for celebrating Easter?
El conejo de pascua me trajo una canasta llena de dulces y sorpresas.
The Easter bunny brought me a box full of candy and surprises.
La Pascua marca el inicio de la primavera.
Easter marks the beginning of spring.
¿Qué te trajo el conejo de Pascua?
What did the Easter bunny bring you?
Activities for Enjoying a Happy Easter in Spanish
Games, crafts, and any hands-on activities are great for strengthening knowledge of a language in a fun and creative way. Take this vocabulary for a spin with amusing and entertaining Easter activities in Spanish you can enjoy with students ages four to twelve.
Books about Pascua
These book suggestions are ideal for preschool students.
Share with the little ones all there is to know about Pascua and teach them how to say happy Easter in Spanish with captivating story books full of illustrations and vocabulary. You can use one of the following books:
La sorpresa de Mamá Coneja (A surprise for Mother Bunny)
This thirty page book tells the story of how Mama Coneja’s kids help her and surprise her with Easter eggs from different animals.
Mi pequeña historia de Pascua (My little Easter story)
This small book is full of wonderful illustrations for preschoolers and tells the story of the very first Easter celebration and the events of Semana Santa that lead up to it. The book has a wonderful message of love that is worth sharing.
El Coco me robó los cascarones (The Boogeyman stole my cascarones)
Add a little mystery and excitement to the Easter celebration with the story of Roberto and his stolen cascarones.
Baile de los Cascarones (Dance of the egg shells)
The book tells the story of a girl named Libby and her brother J.D. Their relationship is tested when they pay a visit to Grandma Socorro over Easter weekend.
Each of these short books is available for purchase on Amazon and are a great resource for improving fluency and understanding of Spanish through reading.
Cascarones Egg Hunt
This activity is Ideal for preschool and elementary students.
The Guatemalan version of Easter eggs are cascarones. They are colorful egg shells full of confetti called pica-pica. Even though cascarones are usually made for Mardi gras you’re able to find them for Pascua or you can make you own. Making them is a fun and great activity you can enjoy during Easter where you can reinforce vocabulary as you go along. Follow our guide on how to make the cascarones hide them around your garden and organize an egg hunt.Make sure you have a prize of chocolates and candy for the winner and allow your kids to surprise your family by cracking some cascarones in their head. This activity will keep them entertained and engaged for hours!
Happy Easter in Spanish Memoria
This game is ideal for preschool and elementary students.
Play a game of mix and match using flashcards or print a template you can cut and color. Memoria is great for reinforcing vocabulary retention and visual memory. You can include prizes for the winner and make sure the kids say the words on the cards in Spanish as frequently as possible.
Easter Sopa de Letras
This activity is ideal for elementary students.
Say Happy Easter in Spanish by challenging your little ones to a sopa de letras (word search). The words of the vocabulary go in all directions and this activity can focus attention specifically to the pronunciation and phonetic sounds for each word. At the end of the word search, you’ll find questions and sentences for the kids to fill out.
Easter Conversation Questions
This activity is ideal for elementary students.
Use our list of Easter questions in Spanish and hide them inside cascarones. You can use them in an egg hunt or for after-lunch fun. These questions are great for reinforcing all types of Spanish vocabulary and for asking basic stuff that enables your kids to construct full sentences where they share their interests and more. Make sure you leave room for candy and chocolates inside the eggs!
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Wish Your Loved Ones a Happy Easter in Spanish!
Easter is a magnificent time of the year and allows us to create fond memories and happy times with our loved ones. I can’t think of another way for you to make these moments extra special than by adding some Spanish practice. I trust this list of vocabulary and activities will come in handy during this holiday season for you and your kids and will bring you hours of fun and learning.
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