CARD GAMES: PLAY LOTERIA {SPANISH GAME}

Cards games are a fun way for children to learn facts.

by Mari

Here is a Spanish game that will help your child learn vocabulary words in another language. If you’ve played this game before, please leave a comment here at Kids Activities Blog and tell us all about it.

CARD GAMES

Learning more than one language is a wonderful gift we can give to our children and in our day and age it’s not hard to find ways to integrate some language learning fun into their schedules. You don’t even have to speak the language to start introducing your child to some basic words in Spanish.

One of the fun ways you can do this is through play, music and story time. These are three activities most kids enjoy. I am going to share with you a fun game that will help stimulate speech in Spanish and it’s fun, called Loteria.

This game can also be paired up with a great children’s book that we enjoy reading in our home. It has the Spanish and English side by side for those of us who need to brush up on our Spanish. Have you heard of the children’s book author Rene Colato Lainez? He’s written quite a few bilingual books that our family enjoys. The little boy in this story goes to Mexico to visit his grandma and learns a new language as a result of playing Loteria and discovers a sweet bond between him and his grandmother.

SPANISH GAME

I grew up playing and watching my family play “Loteria”. It was a family game and a community game played regularly with our neighbors. We would gather together in someones home and play this Bingo like game. There was always a huge gathering when they offered prizes. It’s generally played in Mexico but also in other Spanish speaking countries. This is what the cards look like from the game, Loteria.

PLAY LOTERIA

What you will need to do is print out the Loteria cards for free from Enchanted learning. These are the best cards I have found for kids online because the pictures are bright and the Spanish words are clear and right above the picture and they are FREE.

Once you print out the board game and the cards from their website. Start by calling out a card and pronouncing the word in Spanish and then show your child the picture so they can figure it out. The more you play this game the more your child will catch on to the words associated with these pictures. Then you can start using them around the house so they can hear them outside of the game context. For example, you can say, “Put on your sombrero Suzie” or “We are going to eat uvas for our snack today.” Language learning can be fun, enjoy!

MORE KIDS ACTIVITIES

What other card games do your children enjoy playing? This Spanish game is colorful, easy to play, and FREE! For more great kids activities, you might enjoy these ideas:

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