From Spanish Playground: Book Activities in Spanish for Any Picture Book
We read to kids a lot, and we want to engage then with the stories and language in books. I’ve found it’s handy to have a list of book activities in Spanish that you can do with any book. Here are some of our favorite easy ways to engage kids with picture books.
Book Activities in Spanish for Any Picture Book
The book activities below can be done with focused, high-frequency vocabulary and language kids draw from the book itself. There are big benefits to engaging kids with words and stories even if they are not writing complicated responses.
Of course, you can expand these activities for native speakers and include more language appropriate to your reader’s skills. Try different ideas and come back to the ones kids like.
If you’re reading aloud to your child at home, be sure to check out these 10 Best Strategies for Reading to Kids in Spanish.
We also have lots of free reading activities on our Spanish Reading for Kids resource page.
Talking About Books
Talking about stories is one of the easiest ways to engage kids with Spanish reading. You can do many of the activities below orally as you’re reading with kids. You can always follow up with a drawing or writing component.
50 Book Activities in Spanish
Read the title of the book and talk about what you see in the cover illustration.
Take a picture walk by looking at the pictures in a book before you read it. This prepares children for reading the story and teaches them to use the pictures as cues. A picture walk also gives kids a feel for the story and sparks their interest.
What Do You Like?
Say something you liked about the book.
Say something you didn’t like about the book.
Choose your favorite sentence in the book.
Draw a picture of your favorite sentence from the book.
Choose your favorite illustration in the book.
Choose three words from your book that you like the most. Draw a picture of each word.
Read a dialogue you like from the story together.
Act out a short scene you like from the story.
Print and keep this book-inspired gratitude journal. When you read a book, find something in the story that you have and like in your life. Record the key word and draw a picture.
Read on for more Book Activities in Spanish for Any Picture Book on Spanish Playground.