Spanish Learning Games

Why are Spanish learning games so effective? Here are just a few reasons:

  • Games are fun! When our students are absorbed in a good game, their affective filter is lowered. This means they are more relaxed and they can more easily acquire new language. 
  • Students are invested during games. Even if their main focus is winning, we get increased focus and engagement, which is a win for us. 
  • Games create good vibes. When we add that element of fun and competition, we trigger the “happy emotions” in our students and create good feelings about coming to class. 
  • Most games naturally involve language. Sometimes activities can feel fake in class (like practicing a dialogue). A group game creates a setting in which students naturally need to communicate with one another.
  • Game are a great way to work movement into class. When we give our students a chance to move around and break up class time, they can return to other work refreshed and recharged. 

Here are my top posts on games, at a glance:

Library of Spanish Learning Games

comprehensible input games

15 Input-Heavy Spanish Games
Spanish learning games that provides lots of good input, over speaking. These are my FAVORITES!

Spanish preschool games

Spanish Games for PreK and Up
This list was made with young Spanish learners in mind. A little less competitive and easy!

1o Spanish Vocabulary Games
Fun classroom games for reviewing or learning new vocabulary together.

10 Icebreakers for Spanish Classes
Low-key, no-stress icebreakers to get the year started.

Mano Nerviosa
Super fun card game for learning the beginning numbers in Spanish.

10 End of the Year Games
Collaborative games to wrap up the year in that last week of school.

Printable Games for Spanish Class

Guess Who Spanish Boards
Guess Who is a great way to get students speaking in a low-stress, low-stakes context. Students use lots of adjectives as they make guesses.

Battleship Verbs
Need to practice verb conjugations? This game is super-fun and super-easy.

Hispanic Heritage Month Game

Guess Who Spanish Boards
Guess Who, starring famous Spanish speakers!

Hispanich countries and capitals game

Geography Games
Learn the countries, capitals and flags with these printable game cards.

I also have some general tips to keep in mind when choosing Spanish learning games:

  • Know how much competition your classes can handle. If games create stress and anxiety, kids can’t acquire! In general, with younger classes I choose games where everybody wins or that don’t involve speed. Be mindful of this with older classes too. 
  • Mix it up with games that provide input and require output. As a new teacher, almost all my games had the students speaking. This can be good, but I know now that beginners also need so much input. The very best games provide interesting, comprehensible, input!
  • Know how much energy the game involves. Sometimes it’s okay to be crazy and do an energetic game, and sometimes a more soothing game like Bingo is what your class needs.