Spanish Spring Words for Your Preschooler
Squish, squish! The snow has started to melt, the skies are filled with warm rain, and the ground is soaked with the promise of budding blooms and new vegetation. Snow boots are being switched out for rain boots and snow hats for umbrellas. La primavera (spring) is in the air! In the playful spirit of new life and growth, you can inspire your little one to learn fun new Spanish words about spring weather and activities. Expand on what your child may have started learning from our Spanish winter words blog post and enjoy our cheerful guide to Spanish spring words for preschoolers.
Spanish Spring Words
This spring-themed lesson is the perfect opportunity to broaden learning lists of nouns and adjectives (including colors and opposites) while presenting an introductory lesson on how to conjugate verbs. In this guide, we will provide a focused lesson on -er verbs and how to use them with different pronouns. Here’s our list of colorful and peppy spring words, along with a pronunciation guide:
|El arco iris||Rainbow||Ar-koh eer-ees|
|La flor / las flores||Flower / flowers||Flohr / Floh-rays|
|Las botas de lluvia||Rain boots||Boh-tahs day yoo-vee-ah|
|Nacer||To hatch / to be born||Nah-ser|
Bring new vocabulary to life with the gift of storytelling! Sharing stories with your child deepens their understanding of the world by adding context and associations to the words they’re learning. This not only improves memory of lists of vocabulary words but enhances the learning experience to be more fun and engaging. You can expand your story lessons with helpful reading strategies or activities that reinforce your learning goals. Find some soft grass, lay out a blanket for you and your child, and read them our joyful Spring Season Story using the vocabulary words from above!
Flashcards are the simplest way to teach new vocabulary. Enjoy our exclusive Homeschool Spanish Academy Spring Theme Flashcards as a must-have learning tool! Be sure to laminate them for durability. See what else you can do with flashcards here.
- Sun Marble Painting: cut out a large paper circle as your sun, gather sun-color paints (yellow, orange, red) and water them down a bit. Take a few marbles and dip one into each color. Put the paper circle into a shallow box or pie pan. Have your child roll all the colored marbles around in the container to make a colorful sun. Let it dry and glue down googly eyes or draw a face on it. Label it as “el sol” and hang it somewhere visible.
- Book of Collages: cut out magazine pictures to reflect the meaning of each new word you’re teaching and glue them down on construction paper. Gather up all the papers and make a book by stapling them three times down the left side.
- Hide and Seek Flashcards: Select 10 flashcards from the set provided above and hide them around the room or outside in a safe space. Have your child look for the one card you say by name. When they find the wrong card, they will have to put it back and try to remember where it was when it’s time for you to mention that one. You can add some extra excitement to this by putting a timer to see if they can find the right card in time.
- Playdough Creations: sit down with your child and make different objects together as you name them or create a spring scene together on wax paper. After you explore the words with your little one, start to quiz them a bit for fun. “Can you make el nido?” (You can expand this activity by adding colors: “Can you make el nido azul? La flor morada?”)
Extended Lesson: “-er Verbs”
If you would like to extend this lesson to include an introduction to verbs and how to conjugate them, you can start with -er verbs! (If you need a refresher on pronouns, be sure to check out our blog post with all the details.) Use this information to teach yourself or refresh your memory on the grammar so you can use the conjugations frequently with your preschooler. They will learn best by hearing you use the verbs in a meaningful way, instead of trying to teach them explicitly to use the verbs with different pronouns.
Conjugate verbs ending in -er as follows, using the verb “nacer” as an example:
Other -er verbs to explore:
- parecer (to seem/appear)
- desaparecer (to disappear)
- conocer (to get to know)
- ofrecer (to offer)
Verbs in Action
Here are a few phrases that you might like to use to discuss the nouns in the list and what they do. Feel free to switch out the words and verbs of choice for your lessons:
Words to know: en (in), bajo (under), con (with)
Los conejos nacen en la primavera. — The rabbits are born in spring.
El pájaro nace de su huevo. — The bird is born from its egg.
Las flores florecen bajo el sol. — The flowers bloom under the sun.
El brote florece en la lluvia. — The bud blooms in the rain.
La oruga crece bajo la hoja. — The caterpillar grows under the leaf.
El charco crece con la lluvia. — The puddle grows with the rain.
Super Fun Spring
We hope that by using this great list of Spanish spring words, activities, and lesson ideas, you and your child enjoy this time of year even more. If you would like to set your child up for even greater success, sign up for a free online lesson with a native Spanish speaker at Homeschool Spanish Academy! They can practice all of their new spring vocabulary and phrases with an enthusiastic teacher from Guatemala. Your child is guaranteed to speak Spanish after the first class!
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