Spanish Christmas Activities: The Ultimate Round-up of Classroom Ideas

by | Nov 11, 2017

Inside: A round-up of classroom ideas for Spanish Christmas activities. 

The week before winter holidays can be a bit crazy right? You might be at the end of your rope and out of ideas, but no worries! I’ve scoured the internet for the best Christmas and winter-themed ideas, and gathered them here for you. 

Obviously, the guidelines on Christmas-themed plans will vary from school-to-school. Some of you at religious schools can celebrate it; others will need to present more neutral lessons. Because it’s entrenched in largely-Catholic Hispanic culture, you might present it as culture. 

With all that in mind, I’ve tried to gather a variety so there’s something for everyone. If it’s not already obvious, I’ve also tried to note whether certain resources are religious or not. 

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Spanish Christmas Activities

merry christmas in spanish

Easy & Fun Ideas

 

  • Ask or tell a funny Christmas/winter story: mishaps of Santa, a kid who discovers Santa isn’t real, or build a story around a familiar character like the Grinch.
  • Choose a song and just focus on a few keywords (like Navidad). Do a really easy listening activity like Draw, Listen, Check
  • Lots of teachers do the traditional turkey or leaf crafts. This of course is easy to adapt to the Spanish classroom: students write things they’re thankful for, in Spanish, on the leaves or feathers.
  • Introduce Hispanic traditions like Las posadas, Los tres reyes, or traditional foods. 
  • Retell the original Christmas story. Use a picture book, draw as you go (a la Story Listening), or use a video from below as your visual.

#authres

There are lots of infographics, songs, and video clips you can throw in during the winter holidays. These are fun to to prompt discussion and give the students a chance to see what they can understand from an authentic resource.


Credit: Easy Spanish 


Credit: Azteca Noticias

Visit my Christmas in Spanish page on Pinterest to find lots more Navidad realia!

 

Songs

 

If you have a younger crowd, I’ve got a great list of Christmas songs in Spanish for kids. Below, you can find my   top picks for a variety of ages, both religious and non-religious. 

Feliz navidad from Michael Bublé and Thalia
I love, love, love this version! Non-religious except for the word “Navidad.”

 

Mi burrito sabanero 
This is a great dose of culture, comprehensible language, and Christmas that will be new for most of your students. Definitely religious, with religious images.

 

Noche de paz – If you’d like a familiar Christmas carol in Spanish, this is a good pick.

 

Báte, báte chocolate Perfect in case you need a highly comprehensible winter-themed non-religious song (hot chocolate, anyone?)

 

Ocho candalias Great song for including Hanukkah in your winter plans. 

 

 Ideas for Older Students

 

Lotería de Justino 
Movietalk Resources from Aprendemos Juntos (INCREDIBLE and free resources based on a MovieTalk on the Spanish lottery short film)

Los pingüinos de Madagascar
MovieTalk resources from Aprendemos Juntos (another CI-packed resource)

El tío de Nadal 
from La maestra loca (Hilarious, + authentic culture.)

Volver a casa MovieTalk Resources
from Aprendemos Juntos

navidad inesperada
 MovieTalk Resources from Aprendemos Juntos 

Juego de navidad
from Aprendemos Juntos

Rosca de reyes
from Cynthia Hitz

Podcast for Beginners: ¡Feliz navidad!

Podcast for Intermediate Students: ¡Lotería!

Navidad mini-unit
(IPA-style) from Get Your Learning On

General Spanish Christmas Resources

 

Freebie Christmas Card Printable in Spanish from Mommy Maleta

Spanish Christmas Cards from Mommy Maestra

Bilingual Gift Tags in Spanish from Mommy Maestra

A Spanglish Christmas Poem from Family Life in Spain

“Ojo de Dios” Craft from Bilingual Eyes

 

MovieTalks

 

There are some amazing short films that make for great MovieTalks– this is one of those times you can get the best of #authres and CI.

If you’re new to MovieTalks, read about them here. Basically, you narrate a short film in language the students understand, discuss, and possibly type up a reading.

Commercial from Spain for the 2015 Christmas Lottery  (There are tons of activities to go along with this! Lotería de Justino  Activities from Elena Lopez)

 

Commercial from Spain for the 2016 Christmas Lottery

 

Los tres reyes

 

Commercial for Christmas with llamas!

 

 

 

Christmas Stories

 

Narrate these videos in simple Spanish, or using the original versions with more advanced students. 

Re-telling of the Original Christmas Story (audio and subtitles in Spanish)

 

Santa Story: Very clear Spanish and story (audio and subtitles in Spanish).

 

 

#authres Movies

 

IKEA Commercial: Kids writing letters to Los tres reyes. 

 

Report on Free Birds in Spanish:

La historia de Thanksgiving, en español:

 

 

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