Spanish Clothing Vocabulary for Bilingual Learners

Spanish clothing vocabulary can carry so many variations. From a simple shirt to an elaborate dress, many terms can describe clothing in Spanish.

In teaching Spanish clothing to preschoolers, consider the essential words that they often encounter. When you activate prior knowledge of seasonal wear with clothing terms, preschoolers will be more apt to understand those words.

In addition to word assimilation, use fun activities to motivate preschoolers to learn Spanish clothing vocabulary. 

Spanish Clothing Terms

Since most school calendar days revolve around the seasons, take that opportunity to teach Spanish clothing terms.

For instance, a cycle of the school year is typically from autumn-winter-spring-summer. Then, your students will correlate the seasons with the type of clothing you need to wear. 

Autumn Spanish Clothes Vocabulary

Autumn is an ideal season to begin to introduce vocabulary. Usually, you start a new, fresh school year.

Many times, the weather will begin to cool, and clothing will change. So, take a moment to introduce those Spanish clothing terms. 

  • coat = abrigo, saco
  • buttons = botones
  • long pants = pantalones largos
  • boots = botas
  • socks = medias (slightly heavier than ‘calcetines’)
  • long sleeve shirts = camisa de manga larga
  • light sweater = pulóver liviano
  • blouse = blusa
  • turtlenecks = camisa de cuello alto
  • vest = chaleco

Winter Spanish Clothes Vocabulary

After autumn, you often have cold weather, which is a sign of winter. Children will most likely start to wear jackets, boots, and other apparel. 

  • jacket = chaqueta
  • zipper = cierre
  • snow boots = botas para la nieve
  • hat = gorro
  • gloves = guantes
  • sweater = suéter (heavier than light sweater)
  • scarf = bufanda
Spanish clothing

Spring Spanish Clothes Vocabulary

After a cold winter, spring arrives. Children usually leave jackets and boots home and carry a lighter load. Most likely, your students will have short sleeves and jeans.

This time of the year is ideal for introducing the opposite of winter clothing. 

  • jeans = jeans
  • short sleeve shirts = camisa de manga cortas
  • pockets = bolsillo
  • handkerchief = pañuelo
  • raincoat = poncho para la lluvia
  • sneakers = zapatilla
  • shoe laces = cordones de zapatos
  • light socks = calcetines
  • light hat = sombrero liviano

Summer Spanish Clothes Vocabulary

By the time the school year ends, the summer season begins. The hot weather is an indication of summer break and family vacation plans.

But, before your students leave for summer break, introduce a vocabulary list of Spanish clothing. In that way, you completed the season cycle around the school year

  • shorts = pantalones cortos
  • flip-flops = chancletas
  • sunglasses = anteojos de sol
  • tank shirts = camisa sin mangas
  • swimwear = traje de baño
  • skirts = falda
  • sundress = vestido de verano, solera
  • sandals = sandalias

Spanish Clothing Vocabulary Activities

When teaching Spanish clothing vocabulary, seek activities that will engage dual-language learners in English and Spanish. Aside from the typical interactive games of dressing up dolls, find activities like puzzles and bingo games.

When educational activities bring context into learning, preschoolers are more apt to recall those words. Use necessary tools like paper dolls or puzzles to match Spanish clothing terms.

You can also use the printables from the library of worksheets. Go to the language section. Then, find the worksheets in the Spanish Feelings section. Each sheet has a writing practice and a fun puzzle activity.

Offering multiple ways to use Spanish clothing names will increase the way preschoolers retain those learned words. 

Reasons to Teach Spanish Clothing to Bilingual Learners

Of course, teaching Spanish clothing terms is a valuable life skill. Besides learning Spanish vocabulary, preschoolers also learn fundamental life skills.

When young bilingual learners begin to dress, they build confidence and self-esteem. Other skills they learn are fine motor skills, gross motor skills, and cognitive skills.

These life lessons are vital to children’s confidence when they transition from preschool to kindergarten. As parents, you might think that you don’t have time to teach your children.

However, taking a few small steps can encourage your preschooler to practice and feel accomplished. For example, you can start practicing at night instead of during the busy morning routine.

Perhaps, start with taking off shoes and socks. Then, you can move on to more elaborate clothing items. 

Spanish clothing vocabulary teaches children more than words in English and Spanish. That is, preschoolers, begin to understand the world around them.

In using basic terms with seasonal transitions and the school year, students make meaningful connections. With each season, you can introduce many Spanish clothing terms that students know.

However, the learning doesn’t stop there. As children learn these words, they also learn the essential process of dressing themselves and be ready for kindergarten. 

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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