Spanish Winter Words for Preschoolers
Brrrr! The temperatures are freezing and heavy snowfall has convinced your family to stay indoors (until it’s time to make a snowman, of course). Christmas songs and hot chocolate breaks have made their way into your daily routine. Invierno (winter) is here and in full swing. Looks like it’s time to start learning some Spanish winter words! With the flurry of excitement that your preschooler feels for the holidays, you can channel it into activities and lessons that teach enjoyable nouns, verbs, and useful phrases. ¡Disfrutemos el invierno!
This versatile theme gives you the perfect excuse to teach different categories of words, such as singular and plural nouns as well as verbs and verb phrases. Here is our list of the most common and useful winter words in Spanish with a helpful pronunciation guide:
|El copo de nieve||Snowflake||Koh-poh day nyeh-vay|
|El muñeco de nieve||Snowman||Moon-yeh-koh day nyeh-vay|
|Los patines de hielo||Iceskates||Pah-tee-nehs day yel-oh|
|tener frío||To be cold||Tay-nehr free-oh|
|El gorro||Hat||Goh-rroh (roll your r’s!)|
|Las manoplas (la manopla)||Mittens (one mitten)||Mee-TOH-nays|
|Símbolos de navidad||Christmas symbols||Seem-boh-lohs day nah-vee-dad|
|El árbol de navidad||Christmas tree||Ar-BOHL day nah-vee-dad|
|Bebidas calientes||Hot drinks||Bay-bee-dahs cah-lee-yen-tays|
|El chocolate caliente||Hot chocolate||Choh-koh-lah-tay cah-lee-yen-tay|
|El ponche de huevo||Eggnog||Pohn-chay day way-voh|
An excellent way to help your little one learn new words is by using them in a story. When the words come to life in a creative way, it builds context and memorable associations that enhance your child’s ability to retain new vocabulary. Implementing any number of reading strategies or activities to accompany your story will increase the effectiveness and add lots of extra fun.
Flashcards are the simplest way to teach new vocabulary. Enjoy our exclusive Homeschool Spanish Academy Winter Theme Flashcards as a must-have learning tool! Be sure to laminate them for durability. See what else you can do with flashcards here.
Extended Lesson Ideas
By using Winter as your central theme, you can build on it with endless sub-topics to include grammar instruction and practice of previously learned skills. Examples, such as single and plural nouns, the gender of nouns, new verbs and how to conjugate them, and question words like ¿dónde? and ¿cuántos? can easily be incorporated into this theme. For extra practice of previous lessons, add some color activities, counting games, and use opposite words to describe your new collection of wonderful wintry words.
Here are some examples that you can continue to enhance with your own ideas:
El suéter azul – the blue sweater
El gorro verde – the green hat
¿Qué color es el trineo? – What color is the sled?
El trineo es rojo. – The sled is red.
Una manopla – one mitten
Cuatro renos – four reindeer
¿Cuántos guantes tienes? – how many gloves do you have?
Tengo dos guantes. – I have two gloves.
Las botas secas / las botas mojadas – dry boots / wet boots
Chocolate caliente / chocolate frio – hot chocolate / cold chocolate
El muñeco de nieve delgado / el muñeco de nieve gordo – skinny snowman / fat snowman
¿Dónde está el árbol de navidad? – Where is the Christmas tree?
El árbol de navidad está cerca. / El árbol de navidad está lejos. – The Christmas tree is nearby / The Christmas tree is far away.
More Examples to Consider:
|Tener – to have / to be||Tengo mis guantes (I have my gloves)||¿Tienes tus guantes? (Do you have your gloves?)|
|Tener frío – to be cold||Tengo frío (I am cold)||¿Tienes frío? (Are you cold?)|
|Tener calor – to be hot||Tengo calor (I am hot)||¿Tienes calor? (Are you hot?)|
|Estar – to be||Estoy en la nieve (I’m in the snow)||¿Estás en la nieve? (Are you in the snow?)|
|Querer – to want||Quiero mis patines de hielo (I want my ice skates)||¿Qué quieres? (What do you want?)|
|Necesitar – to need||Necesito mi abrigo (I need my coat)||¿Qué necesitas? (What do you need?)|
|Hacer – to do / to make||Hago un ángel de nieve (I’m making a snow angel)||¿Qué haces? (What are you doing/making?)|
Wonder of Winter
Take advantage of the heightened spirits and joyous mood that the holidays bring and teach your child useful winter words in Spanish. We hope that with this guide, you will be able to enjoy the cold weather even more and expand your Spanish lessons with plenty of other fun activities and creative plans for instruction. If you would like to encourage your child to speak with a native Spanish teacher from Guatemala, sign up for a free online class with us! Your child is guaranteed to speak Spanish after the first class!
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