Spanish Summer Learning Activities for Kids

Spanish summer learning activities can include reading your favorite books to exploring your favorite park. There are many ways to engage your children in reading during the summer.

Of course, you can have fun trips to the local library or activities at a community center. However, you could also have fun learning during the summer with hands-on activities, summer camps, and outdoor learning. 

Spanish Summer Learning Activities 

While playing with water may be a favorite for most kids, you could also use other activities. Creating playtime with typical summer themes like camping or going to the beach encourages students to participate in those activities. 

Spanish Stories for Kids

One of the most engaging ways to use a summer theme is to recreate treats like ice cream or s’mores. In the Bilingual S’mores Reading Camping Story, your kids will read a brief story about two friends.

They are trying to figure out how to make s’mores. Can your kids help?

The best part of interactive reading is that your readers can take part in the text. In that way, they can connect with the text and make sense of the story.

For instance, with a particular story of how-to reading or procedural text, your bilingual learners encounter a sequence of events. Just as important as any other part of reading, following sequences in a story is essential in grasping the story’s meaning.

Other fun stories that you might use for Spanish summer learning activities are fairy tales, STEM bilingual stories, and informational texts. 

Spanish summer learning activities

Teaching Bilingual Learners During the Summer 

Let’s face it! Summer is most likely not a time for structured and minute-to-minute teaching. Unlike the regular school year, summer is a time to relax and be flexible.

That is, your summer schedule most likely is also adjustable. So, create ways to help your young readers to love to read but at the same time love to play.

Camping Spanish Summer Learning Activities

A camping theme is ideal for bilingual readers to read, engage with the text, and develop vocabulary skills. The Bilingual S’mores Reading Camping Story also gives you a section to practice Spanish vocabulary in many ways.

  • For instance, as you read the bilingual story together, ask questions about the characters.
  • By interacting with the text, young readers develop the critical thinking processes necessary to analyze more complex passages.
    • Don’t let the fun of reading stop at the end of the story.
    • Encourage more participation by doing the activities at the end of the workbook.
  • For example, you could try making s’mores from actual ingredients or use the mock-up version.
  • In either case, you can suggest following the procedure to make the s’mores.
  • Read together the sections.
  • Then, match the pictures with their corresponding step.
  • Next, follow up with more engaging questions like which part of the story was the most interesting?
    • Or what part of the steps to make s’mores would you do differently? 

Fun Ways to Teach Spanish Vocabulary

The outdoors is probably one of the most entertaining ways to engage young learners. There is the park, the lake, or even the beach as natural classrooms.

  • With natural resources, you can create many lessons to explore different topics.
  • Whether you use a complex or straightforward lesson, you need to introduce academic or subject-specific vocabulary.
  • For example, the Spanish summer learning activities could include scavenger hunts, bingo games, I-see games, and creating nature journals.
  • While you can’t take with you anchor or word charts, you can start small journals.
  • In this way, young bilingual learners practice writing, label unknown words, search what those terms mean, and make connections with their reading.
  • For instance, the bilingual bingo game in the Bilingual S’mores Reading Camping Story encourages your children to look for specific terms in English and Spanish.
  • Next, they have to identify the words with each picture. If you were exploring the outdoors, you might want to point out these specific vocabulary terms. 

Spanish summer learning activities don’t have to be about water games. You can also add other fun ways to learn. Especially during the summer, your kids can participate in bilingual read-aloud, camping theme events, or do hands-on activities. 

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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