Spanish Bug Books for Toddlers and Kids

Spanish Bug Books for Toddlers and Kids

Inside: Spanish bug books for kids. 

 

My kids are really into bugs. Sometimes I’ll find them turning over rocks in the yard to see what treasures they’ll find underneath. I’ve had to study up to learn a lot of the names myself! Today I’ve collected my favorite books about bugs in Spanish, to read as a family. (Looking for more books? See my posts on 50 Bilingual Books in Spanish and English, and 50 Authentic Picture Books in Spanish.)

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Spanish Bug Books for Kids

 

Insectos! (Dk Readers En Espanol. Level 2)

Here’s a general guide and easy reader for bugs in Spanish. I like the DK readers for non-fiction, and this one will be helpful if you have a curious child or a learning the names together. 

 

 

 

..Sabes algo sobre insectos?/ Do You Know about Insects? 

This is another general guide, with good realistic photos and facts about insects in Spanish. 

 

 

 

La araña muy ocupada (Spanish Edition)

My kids really enjoy this book, which is a delightful introduction to how spiders spin webs. The spider and her web are raised, and little hands love to feel the growing web. 

 

 

 

La abeja de más (Spanish Edition)

A funny fictional story about a colony of bees who discover an unknown bee has entered their hive. This is a fun look into the inner workings of a hive, the queen bee, and worker bees. 

 

 

La vida de la abeja (¡Mira cómo crece!) (Spanish Edition)

Here’s a close-up look in the entire lifespan of a bee, from egg to adult. 

 

 

 

La oruga muy hambrienta/The Very Hungry Caterpillar: bilingual board book (Spanish Edition)

This is one of our very favorites, and a gentle introduction into the lifecycle of a caterpillar and butterfly. It’s hard to get better than Eric Carle! 

 

National Geographic Readers: De la Oruga a la Mariposa (Caterpillar toButterfly) 

Here’s a non-fiction look into the lifecycle of a butterfly, witch good photos and explanations. As a non-native Spanish speaker, it’s so helpful to have the technical terms for me to learn!

 

 

 

 

La Mariposa

Butterflies are just the backstory to this touching book about a boy who doesn’t speak English in his new school, but it’s a beautiful story with beautiful pictures. 

 

 

La Mariquita Malhumorada (Spanish Edition)

Another Eric Carle treasure that’s been translated into Spanish, this one follows a grouchy ladybug who meets lots of other insects and finally learns some manners. It’s also a good peek into a ladybug’s life.

 

 

 

 

La luz de Lucía (Spanish Edition)

This story is about a little firefly who learns to accept her own uniqueness and shine her light. 

 

 

 

 

Non-fiction Guides to Specific Insects in Spanish

 

If you are looking for specific guides or want to have a collection about different insects, you may want to check out these titles!

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for more activities to do with bugs in Spanish, I have a bilingual game pack, with picture cards to play Memory, Go Fish, Bingo, and a mini-book. Check it out for some extra bug fun!

 

Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Preschool Spanish

Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Preschool Spanish

Inside: A preschool lesson on farm animals in Spanish, with comprehensible input, stories, and songs, for kids.

Lesson 3 Goals: I can name some farm animals.

Target Structures: dice, el caballo, el perro, el gato, la gallina, el cerdo, el pato

Review: Review the ¿Cómo te llamas? ball chant from Lesson 2, and sings the songs. Play Los animales Bingo.

Click to see my outline of Preschool Spanish Lessons for Los pollitos dicen. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

 

Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Spanish

Activity 1

The farm animals have already been introduced from Lesson 2, though always with visuals and in the context of dice. Here in Lesson 3, we’ll zero in on the animals themselves. If you landed on this page just looking for activities for farm animals in Spanish, be sure to look over Lesson 2 as well.

Play Los animales Bingo (included in the free download for Unit 1.) You can call out the animal’s names, or say “La vaca dice mu”, etc.

Activity 2

Do ¿Qué hay en la bolsa? Have a bag ready with toy farm animals inside. We sit in a circle, and the kids take turns getting a bag. They have to put their hand in the bag and guess what animal is inside just by feeling it. Once they guess the animal, we talk about it. I circle dice and the animal names each time:

 – ¿Es un caballo? ¡No! ¿Es un pollito? ¡Sí! ¿El pollito dice <muu>? ¡No! ¿El pollito dice <pío>? ¡Sí!, etc.

(Some of the students can’t name the animals yet, even though they are eager for turns. I don’t worry about output yet– the whole activity is designed as a way to catch their attention and get more input.)

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Activity 3

Play Duck, Duck, Goose as Pato, pato, pollito. It’s tricky to get the hang of it with little ones, but this has been a big hit in my little class.

Once everyone can play, save this one for a brain break during the rest of the year.

Activity 4

Use the animals videos embedded below for MovieTalks. Show the video and mute the sound or pause the video here and there. Describe and talk about what is happening using words and questions the students know. ¿Es una vaca? ¿Cómo se llama? ¿El gato corre o salta?

The kids can also watch these videos at home, and see what language they can understand. As the class progresses through each unit, they’ll comprehend more and more of these videos.

Activity 5

Color and read the mini-book ¿Cómo dicen los animales? This mini-book gets in lots of dice repetitions, and can be sent home for extra reinforcement.

Los animales de la granja free mini-book

 

Supplemental Farm Animal Activities and Resources:

This song from Calico Spanish is grea. In this version, they say “hace” instead of “dice”– I believe that’s how it is in Spain:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXr6QTZKPuA
This song from Calico Spanish is grea. In this version, they say “hace” instead of “dice”– I believe that’s how it is in Spain:

El caballo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjo8snD0umA&t=195s
El gallo y la gallina:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltQg4HJJMSE
El gato:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcDavMLNTec&t=1s
El perro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euUJS5Bkat8
La vaca:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W62JfAKL3to&t=5s

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If you like this lesson, click to download the whole unit! You’ll get games, printables, mini-books, and more!

Los pollitos dicen
Play Bingo with pictures of the foods. To keep the language as “whole” as possible, I call out the terms as Me gusta el helado. Me gustan las uvas. If the words are very new, show a picture as you call out the term.

Lesson 2: Dice and Me llamo Lesson for Preschool Spanish

Lesson 2: Dice and Me llamo Lesson for Preschool Spanish

Inside: Activities for a ¿Cómo te llamas? and me llamo lesson for preschool Spanish classes. 

 

Lesson 2 Goals: I can say my name. I can recognize some animals by name. 

Target Structures: ¿Cómo te llamas? Me llamo…, dice

(Los animales de la granja are introduced this lesson. At this point, the goal is just to recognize their names, not necessarily name them like in Lesson 3. They’re mainly here to learn dice.)

Click to see my outline of Preschool Spanish Lessons for Los pollitos dicen. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

Movement/brain breaks: Stretch with movement words: levántate, siéntate, manos arriba, and manos abajo, corre, and salte, Duck, Duck, Goose in Spanish, or ¡Salta, salta!

 

 

¿CÓMO TE LLAMAS? & ME LLAMO LESSON FOR PRESCHOOL

 

ACTIVITY 3

 

Introduce ¿Cómo te llamas? and Me llamo. Model for a bit (the pollito puppet from the last lesson works well to act this out.) For example:

Teacher: – ¡Buenos días!
Pollito: – ¡Buenos días!

Pollito: – ¿Cómo te llamas?
Teacher: – Me llamo…

Then, ask the kids their names. The video below, from Mundo de Pepita, is really helpful in seeing how to this sort of modeling and interacting with the students. 

 

ACTIVITY 3

 

Review Los pollitos dicen and sing using the pollito puppets. Circle dice again: ¿El pollito dice: <muu>? ¡No! ¿El elefante dice: <pío>? ¡No! ¿El pollito dice: <pío>? ¡Sí! etc. Introduce more farm animas with these farm-animals-printouts and circle those. ¿El caballo dice: <pío pío>? ¡No! ¿El caballo dice: <nii>? ¡Sí! 

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ACTIVITY 2

 

Have the students sit in a circle, and pass a ball. While passing the ball, chant, ¿Có-mo te lla-mas, có-mo te lla-mas, có-mo te lla-mas TÚ? Whoever has the ball on tú answers: Me llamo ______.  It’s okay if they only say their name right now. Usually the kids clamor for a turn, but if the ball lands on someone shy, they can pass it to a neighbor. No need to force output!

I often use this chant as a warm-up for circle time as we start class. 

 

ACTIVITY 4

 

Play ¿Qué hay en la bolsa? again, from Lesson 3. Have bags ready with toy foods inside, or sneak foods into one bag for each turn. Sit in a circle, and the kids take turns getting a bag. They have to put their hand in the bag and guess what food is inside just by feeling it. Once they guess the food, we talk about it. ¿Te gusta el maíz? ¿El perro come el maíz? etc.

 

SUPPLEMENTAL ME LLAMO RESOURCES FOR HOME OR CLASS:

 

 

 

 

  

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If you like this lesson, click to purchase the whole unit! You’ll get games, printables, mini-books, and more!

Los pollitos dicen

La granja: Favorite Songs in Spanish

La granja: Favorite Songs in Spanish

Inside: Farm animal songs in Spanish, on YouTube.

Welcome back to my Saturday songs series! This week I’m sharing our favorites about farms and farm animals. Hope you enjoy these as much as we have and be sure to check out my other favorite songs posts about Los colores and Los números

(Since writing this post, I’ve created an entire series of lessons centered on the song Los pollitos dicen, with Spanish stories about farm animals, for preschool kids.)

Our top five favorites farm songs in Spanish!

 

Los pollitos –A traditional song for children about a mother hen and her chicks. It is a wonderful little song and we sing it all the time!

 

El viejo McDonald – Old MacDonald from Toobys.

 

La granja

 

La vaca lechera – Another traditional song about a milking cow. Beautiful song that rhymes!

 

Adivina, adivina – Guessing songs about animals and their sounds

 

Toobys Animals and sounds

 

BINGO

 

Jueguemos en el campo – Animals and sounds. 

 

Ronda de los animales

 

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Los animales – Ideas and Freebie!

 

I have been busy updating my look on my TpT store, and just made a new 41-page game pack for learning animals. Here on the blog, I’m making a few pages of that available for free! I love games for introducing vocabulary. This pack includes games for Go Fish, Yo Tengo (beginner’s and intermediate), Old Maid, Concentration, and a board game. One of the sets also doubles as a flashcard set, which can be used for many other activities.

Los Animales Freebie

My freebie today introduces 36 animals, and here are more ideas for practicing them. These would be way more fun if you purchase my game pack (yep!), but you could make them work by writing the animals names in Spanish onto index cards or sticky notes.

  • Make labels with descriptions (tiene cola, puede volar, come pasto, etc.). Have the students sort the animals and see which is the most popular category.

 

  • As a warm-up, put the cards into a bag and have the students draw one or more cards at the beginning of class. Each students writes a description of his or her animal. When ready, the student (or the teacher) reads the descriptions out loud. Have the rest of the class guess which animal is being described.

 

  • Tape the word cards onto each student´s back. The students can walk around the room, and by asking yes or no questions figure out which animal they are (¿Soy verde? ¿Vivo en una granja? ¿Puedo nadar?).

 

  • Play 20 questions. Choose a student to draw an animal card out of the bag. The class asks him or her yes/no questions to see who can guess the animal first.

 

  • Watch these videos at VideoELE in Spanish. It gets the students’ attention to see the animals in action, and I frequently pause to ask questions (¿Es grande o pequeño? ¿Qué come?). You could also assign for homework:

En el zoo

Animales salvajes

¿Qué pueden hacer?

Check out my freebies board on Pinterest for more resources like this one!


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