When I became a parent I wanted my kids to start learning a second language early but our options were limited. When I was contacted by Little Pim Languages for Kids to work with them I was thrilled. I have checked out their products before and was impressed. As a mom finding the balance between screen time and no screen play time takes effort some days. I feel much better about handing my child a phone or tablet if they are going to be doing something educational with it. My daughter loves their iPhone apps and I can’t wait to check out their just released app for iPad : Learn Spanish with Little Pim “Colors”
My daughter and I played with the “Panda Game” as my daughter calls the apps I have on my iPhone and then did this color matching activity in Spanish. It’s one way you could use high tech and low tech hands on activities together for a deeper learning.
- Gather your materials. You will need some construction paper in various colors, scissors, double stick tape, ribbon and a cute container that can pass as a laundry basket.
- Cut some clothing shapes with your scissors.
- Tack the ribbon on the wall and add the double stick tape on the ribbon.
- Place the clothes in the basket and get ready for your laundry helper. Make sure you have your list of colors in Spanish ready. We used red/rojo , orange/ anaranjado , green/verde , yellow/amarillo , blue/azul and purple/murado .
- Time to match! Call out a colors and if you need help with the pronunciation you can always grab your phone or tablet and have the app say it for you to practice or do it for you. As she found the correct color garment she added it to our clothesline. My daughter loved it and I was surprised she knew all the colors already. They really are sponges. I love saying amarillo and rojo even if my accent was corrected by my daughter twice… no matter what language I speak if it isn’t English it sounds French . I liked how carefully she added the pretend clothes. You may also notice something I did which is your child repeating the word a few times as they search the basket for it. I would call out ” Verde! ” and my daughter would mumble verde, verde, verde to herself.
Have fun knowing that technology doesn’t have to be completely free of creative play . Balance the two by matching quality programs with hands on activities like this one.