Over the past couple of weeks, Lennox’s speech has drastically improved.
As a bilingual parent, I was concerned that my nonnative Spanish was interfering with Lennox’s speech development; however, after some research, I relaxed after realizing that children develop communication skills at all different paces.
Well, not only has Lennox’s Spanish flourished in the past couple of weeks with him now being able to connect short sentences; “mami, no quiero” or, “¿Dónde está el carro azul?, but I’ve also realized that he now understands the difference between Spanish and English.
The other night, we were reading a book and talking about animals. When Lennox would name the animal in English, I would frown. Then I would ask him to tell me the animal in Spanish. He would laugh and then say the animal in Spanish.
As much as I was not pleased with his initial attempt to say each animal in English—since we only speak to him in Spanish at home— my bilingual parenting heart was so happy that he not only knows one vocabulary but two. I have been waiting for this moment for almost three years!!!
He is soaking up everything that he hears at home, and the English he is learning at his play-based preschool.
One area in Spanish he is struggling with is colors. Every time I ask him in Spanish, ¿qué color es esto? (what color is this?), he always responds in English, or if he responds in Spanish, his response is always azul (blue).
Therefore, our focus this week has been practicing colors. That’s why I decided to take his favorite toys, cars, and turn it into a color learning activity.
To facilitate this activity, I have created a free printable template in Spanish that you can print and use. There is also a blank template where you can write your own colors. This is for if you want to do this activity in English or any other language.
All you have to do is subscribe at the end of this post, and you will have access to this template, plus all of the other free printables in the Lorena & Lennox Free Printable Library.
Let me know in the comments below if your child enjoyed this activity. Or, if you have any recommendations for future color-learning activities for kids!
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How to play this cars color learning activity with your preschooler
If your toddler is a car-loving-fene like my son Lennox, then I have a great activity for your today that will help them learn the colors and have fun, too!
All this activity requires is some hot wheels cars, a hard surface, you and your child!
Oh, and the printable template parking lot to label where your sorted cars will go! You can grab this template by subscribing at the end of this post!
How to play? Easy peasy,
- Get on the floor and play cars with your child in the minority language.
- Begin with imaginary car play for a little bit and then take the lead and start organizing the color of the cars onto the different parking lots.
- Talk about the color of the cars while “driving” them to the parking lot. Here are some examples “Vamos a estacionar el carro azul”, ” El carro rojo está cansado, va a descansar un ratito en el estacionamiento.” “Vrroooom, aquí va el carro amarillo a su estacionamiento.”
- Add a couple of the same colors to a parking lot to help your child understand that you are sorting the cars.
- Lastly, ask them to help you park the cars in the right spot.
- If they get it right, applaud them and say “you did it!”
- If they get it wrong, you can make a loud “eeeeeerrrr” buzzer sound to keep the game light and fun and to encourage them to try again! Lennox got a kick out of me making this sound and would purposely continue to put them in the wrong spots. Ha!
He enjoyed this activity so much that we even took it outside to the trampoline and played a little longer.
After doing this activity, Lennox now carries his favorite cars around the house. He has named them by their corresponding colors in Spanish.
Not only is this activity fun for your toddler, but it is also educational, super easy to set up and store away all while reinforcing your toddler’s color knowledge! ’s a win, win!
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