Instead of hunkering down and diving into serious ‘school’, let’s dive into ‘not-back-to-school’ revelry. In honor of this lovely memory of our own family’s homeschool days, I encourage you, as a homeschool educator, or co-op facilitator, to relax. It’s time to play. Use this fun Spanish activity and make a board game in Spanish!
Play the Candyland board game in Spanish!
If you don’t know what Candlyland is, it’s a board game with a start and a finish connected by a swirly path made out of squares of different colors. You draw cards with colors on them and you advance to the square of that color. Some cards are double colors, so you can advance twice. At places throughout the board, there are special squares. If you draw one of these cards, you either hop up to where that square is……or hop back. Sometimes waaaaay back. At our house, the special square that was close to the start was ripped in half by a disappointed youngster. We played with that ripped card for years. It brought a smile to our faces each time we saw it
Relax, it’s simple for the kids to make a board game!
All you need is cardstock or cardboard, crayons or markers, and a Spanish/English dictionary
First, have the kids draw a swirly path of squares from start to finish. Fill them in with different colors using crayons or markers. Then, review your colors in Spanish.
At various points along the way, insert special squares of nature’s natural events. Here are some suggestions:
hurricane (un huracán) tsunami (un tsunami)
volcanic eruption (una erupción de volcán) tornado (un tornado)
avalanche (un avalancha) earthquake (un terremoto)
blizzard (una tormenta de nieve) drought (una sequía)
sand storm (una tormenta de arena) windstorm (una tormenta de viento)
forest fire (un incendio del bosque) flood (una inundación
fire (un incendio) or (un fuego)
lightning (relámpagos) hail (granizo)
You can keep the game simple by merely saying out loud the colors that you draw in Spanish and saying the color of each square you land on. When you get a natural disaster card, say it’s name in Spanish and regresa o avanza (go back or go forward). Can you count in Spanish as you move forward? or back?
Some not-back-to-school friendly competition!
Want to add some friendly competition and utilize a great way to learn and memorize more words? How about this…..when a player draws a natural disaster card, he or she must then take 10 to 15 seconds to shout out all words they know that they can associate with this natural disaster.
For example, if I draw “huracán,” I might shout out these associated vocabulary words:
el viento la lluvia una inundación una barca las nubes el miedo el impermeable un paraguas los paramédicos el hospital las casas las mascotas el lodo el mar flotar nadar una emergencia
(wind rain a flood a boat clouds fear raincoat an umbrella paramedics hospital houses pets mud sea to float to swim an emergency)
See how many vocabulary words each player can remember. Use a stopwatch! It will add another level of excitement to the game! Can everyone manage to say fifteen associated vocabulary words? Or more? Perhaps make a rule that, say, if a player can’t say ten associated words, he/she goes back to start? Just a thought. Each group that plays will have different rules and different skills.
To prepare, you can all work together to make lists of possible associated words the day before,. The kids can decide to either memorize them, or use them as a cheat sheet as you play.
Have fun! ¡ Diviértanse!
For vocabulary ideas, see the R.E.A.L. Homeschool Spanish curriculum units!