Apples to Apples // Manzanas a Manzanas

Apples to Apples // Manzanas a Manzanas

Inside: Free printable to play Manzanas a Manzanas in the Spanish Classroom. 


One of the first things I usually teach are adjectives. Especially when storytelling, I am constantly asking my students questions about the story or about pictures we are looking at. “Hay una familia. ¿Es una familia grande o pequeña? ¿Es una familia famosa? ¿El papá es alto o bajo?” To make all of that comprehensible, the students need to know their adjectives thoroughly!

I came across the idea of playing a homemade version of Apples to Apples as a way to practice adjectives and/or nouns, and it’s been a hit. The freebie I made includes the instructions, an outline for the students to follow as they speak during the game, adjective cards, and blank adjective and noun cards.

If your students are completely new and you only want to teach them adjectives, make the noun cards purely proper names– Tarzan, George Washington, Hawaii, etc. Otherwise, mix in vocabulary that your students already know (foods, animals, actions) to make it more challenging. Make sure you take a moment to discuss “ser” and making adjectives agree in gender and number so that this is a speaking activity as well. Enjoy and please share my link if you found this helpful!

To see all my game posts in one place, see my Spanish Learning Games page. 




Also, check out and follow my Pinterest board for Games in Spanish to find more fun ideas like this one!


Spanish Food Vocabulary Games

Spanish Food Vocabulary Games

Inside: Free food in Spanish printable game cards.


Food Vocabulary Games

Here’s a free download for studying food in Spanish! The pack includes printable word and picture cards for playing multiple games, with a vocabulary list and game instructions. My students (of all ages) love practicing vocabulary by playing Go Fish/¡Ve a Pescar!, Old Maid, Concentration, and Slap It. They could also be made into flashcards.



Teaching Food in Spanish

I really prefer teaching vocabulary without translation between Spanish to English, when possible. That’s why I make my vocabulary game packs (both my freebies and paid TpT products) image-based, not translation-based. We practice hearing, saying, and reading the Spanish words without having to use English. The entire 40-packet is available on TpT and includes Bingo cards, a dice game, a crossword, and word search.

There are also many fun resources for teaching La comida. Here are a few of my favorites:



Also be sure to follow my Pinterest board for La Comida below!


Speed Conversating

Speed Conversating

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The beginning of the school year is exhausting. I always forget what late August and early September feel like: drowning. The adrenaline is certainly going, but keeping my head above water is pretty much the goal. Add to that a pregnancy and a sick toddler who is not happy that mama’s back at work, and you get the picture.

This week I felt like I had my feet under me a bit more, and it’s about time! One of my goals this year is to increase our conversation practice. We all know how easy it is to spend so. much. time. teaching Spanish, only to produce students who are terrified to speak. I’ve seen the idea of “Speed Dating” before and thought it might be worth a try. I had the students line up two rows of chairs, facing each other. One side always asked first, and all the students rotated by one chair between slides to change partners. I termed it “Speed Conversating” and it actually went really well– it was much more successful that the usual “turn to the person next to you and…” Having a short time to answer and quickly changing partners kept them on their toes, and giving them structures to follow seemed to boost their confidence. I kept the questions and answers short this time, and eventually will work toward only showing the questions. Her is the power point I used today, if you want to try it and then add your own conversational structures. Hope your years are off to a great start!

speed conversating


Español in the Jungle: Unit Two

Español in the Jungle: Unit Two

Inside: Free Spanish printables for kids.

Español in the Jungle Unit 2

And Unit Two is ready! To read more on why I decided to put together these Spanish units, read this. Each unit gets more fun to make! As the students learn more words, the games and activities can become more creative, too. Unit Two introduces:

– Asking and responding to ¿Cómo te llamas? (What’s your name?)

– Colors

– Four new verbs

Español in the Jungle Unit 2

The unit also includes puppets to print out for storytelling, ideas for games, scripts for dialogues, and a Bingo game.

Here are links for supplementing the themes from Unit Two:

Color Pronunciations from LingoHut

Color Pronunciations (for kids)

What’s Your Name? Pronunciation (for kids)

Page of Coloring Sheets, includes practice of colors – for your little one (or big one!) who loves to color

Monkey Mask – just in case your kids get into the monkey theme and want more!

Have fun learning Spanish together! Let me know if you have any links to free activities that would go with this unit.

You might be interested in my Preschool Spanish Lessons as well!

¿Yo Tengo… Quién Tiene? Classroom Game

¿Yo Tengo… Quién Tiene? Classroom Game

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Tomorrow we are back at school, ready or not! What a busy week. I am really excited about the year, though, and feel much better prepared this go around. I will try to get a post together detailing my first-day ideas, but I wanted to go ahead a share a first-week freebie. I often start off the year by teaching or reviewing classroom objects so that we can be speaking in Spanish right away.

¿Yo Tengo… Quién Tiene? for Classroom Objects

¿Yo Tengo.. Quién Tiene? for Classroom Objects

To play:

¿Yo Tengo, Quién Tiene? (Groups of 18 or less)

Print, cut out,and laminate the cards. Pass out the cards to students. Any student you choose may begin. The student reads his or her card aloud, naming the object in the picture. The student who has the card asked for by the first student goes next. Simple, but effective!

I have a Classroom Object games packet available at on my TpT store as well if you are interested in more first-week resources!

10 Spanish Vocabulary Games for the Language Classroom

10 Spanish Vocabulary Games for the Language Classroom

Inside: Spanish vocabulary games for the language classroom.


The best way to “learn vocabulary” is in context. I use to give long lists of isolated words, until I switched to proficiency-based teaching and threw out my textbook. I realized my students were memorizing the words to pass a quiz, and then forgetting them. Our students really need to see whole language, in context, in stories,  songs or texts.


They are great for brain breaks, team building, getting everyone moving, and motivating our students. Just make sure that these vocabulary games for Spanish class are supplementing LOTS of Spanish in context. Whenever possible, give the language for these games in chunks, rather than just isolated words.

If you’re looking for more ideas, check out my Spanish learning games page, or try these:


10 Spanish Vocabulary Games


1. Four Corners

“It” counts to ten while everyone else quietly chooses a corner of the room to stand in. “It” calls out a corner (without looking), and everyone in that space is out. Last student in, wins.

To review vocabulary, tape a sketch of four vocabulary words onto each corner of the room. (Write the terms in Spanish on the board.) Student who is it counts to 10, then calls out one of the terms on the board. Everyone in the matching corner is out. 

To take this up a notch, make each corner a category (food, things to do, etc.). Write a bunch of terms on the board. “It” calls out a word from the board, and the corresponding corner is out.


2. Charades / Pictionary

Play charades and pictionary combined, to give the students more choice. For each term, whoever is up front has the option to act it out or draw it on the board. You can also get everyone more involved by playing reverse charades, by giving the class whiteboards. The student who is “it” guesses while his/her entire team mimes or draws the term.


3. Celebrities

Write the phrases on slip of paper. Students sit in a circle. Divide the class into 2 or more teams by counting 1-2. For each team’s turn, set a time (1-2 minutes).

1st round (actions): Team 1 begins as a player draws a slip. That student acts out the phrase. When the team guesses correctly, the next player on Team 1 draws another slip and the play continues until the time is up. The timer is set again for the other team, and turns continue until all the slips are gone. Count the slips and give those points to their teams.

2nd round (verbal clues): This round is the same as the first, except that the students must use clues in Spanish. If the slip says va a la casa, for example, the students could say cuatro palabras, es como camina, corre o advanca, donde vivo, etc. This will be very difficult for beginners, so you may want to let students make word webs for the phrases before playing, to brainstorm and think of related words and synonyms. This is great practice for circumlocution.

3rd round (one-word clues): This round is the same as the second, except that the students must only use one word. If the phrase is va a la casa, the student could say vivo, and the team has to guess the phrase from this one clue.

*In the original game, the actions are for the third round and that’s supposed to be the hardest round. For students learning another language, that is probably the easiest, so I made it first.


4. Bingo

Bingo is great because it is flexible. You can give the students blank games, and have them illustrate the terms. Then, call out the terms in the target language and no English gets used. I have an entire post on Getting More Mileage Out of Bingo!


5. El Marcador

This can be used for ANYTHING– new words, old words, reviewing stories, themes, or movies. Call out sentences using the vocabulary you want to review. 


6. Slap-it/ Flyswatter

Divide the class into groups of 4-5. Pass out only picture cards to each group. Lay the picture cards face up, in the middle of the group. Call out the terms. The first student to touch the corresponding image keeps the card. Whoever has the most cards at the end wins.

Flyswatter is similar, except that two students come up to the front and hit pictures projected onto the board with (clean) flyswatters. My La casa Slideshare would work with this.


7. Red Light, Green Light

Line up the students on one side of the space. Whoever is “it” calls out a specific action to perform, like dance. Everyone advances, dancing. When Red light! (in the TL) is called, everyone freezes and anyone who moves is sent back.  Often I will stand at the front and yell out what action to do (so I can control what they’re practicing) and the student who is “it” just concentrates on saying red light and catching unlucky moving friends.


8. No-Prep Memory

Make game cards to play Memory in groups. Pass out paper squares to the groups, and each student in the group comes up with several questions and answers, OR words and pictures.
Have the students check their cards with you when ready. Set a minimum, but let early finishers do extra cards. Then let them play in groups! The activity should be self-monitoring since the students themselves made the cards.


9. Around the World / Sparkle

This can be played in a circle or with everyone in their seats. Choose one student. He/she stands up next to the student to the right. Call out a word. The first student to give the meaning advances, and the other stays in that seat. The first students to advance all the way around the room and return to his/her original seat wins.


10. Storytelling

Here are some explanations of storytelling and games to go with stories:

Storytelling in the World Language Classroom – TPRS

Strip Bingo – Listening game during input

After storytelling, play Draw/Write/Pass to review the story:




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