January 24, 2012

Spanish Colors Lessons & Activities 

Spanish colors are a great lesson for kids learning Spanish! Since colors are used to describe so many things, they are a very useful concept. Additionally, if you are teaching young kids, reinforcing colors themselves is always fun and useful. Moreover, I like to incorporate various concepts into lessons, and colors are a great way to do this.

Start of Class

First, I start and end class with welcome and good-bye songs. For example, I use the following songs. Specifically, the Hello Song is sung to the tune of Frere Jacques and the Goodbye Song to the tune of this hello song: http://www.mamalisa.com/mp3/hello_and_how_are_you.mp3. What’s more, you can download a FREE printable of these songs here.

Spanish Colors Songs

Introduction of Colors

Next, I introduce the Spanish colors using cards I created and laminated. To start, there is one card (seen below) that features all of the colors. Specifically, I show the kids the card (project it on the board if possible) and go through each of the colors. I point to the color, say it in Spanish, and have them repeat. So that they are really comfortable, I have the kids repeat the words 2-3 times each.

In addition, there are 11 more cards, each with a different color and pictures of a bunch of items that are commonly that color. Click here or on the image to download the entire set for only $4 at my TPT store!

Spanish Colors

Books to Reinforce Spanish Colors

After we go through the Spanish colors, I read the story Purple, Green & Yellow by Robert Munsch. During the story, each time a color is mentioned I say the Spanish word instead of the English word. Additionally, before reading, I pass out the color cards (if possible to have copies for each kid that is great, otherwise a set for a few works fine too). Then I instruct them to raise the correct card up whenever they hear the color. Undoubtedly, they love to be involved in the story!

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Additionally, I love these books if you have time to share them with your students!

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Next, we sing a song.  To start, I hand out a Colors Song that you can download for FREE here). Songs are a great way to reinforce Spanish vocabulary. Specifically, we sing this to the tune of Frere Jacques.

Spanish Colors

Art Project

Finally, we do an art project to use everything we learned. To begin, each child traces his/her hand onto a piece of construction paper. Next, students repeat this with each color of the rainbow. Then students write the Spanish word for each color on the hand. After that, the kids cut out the hands and glue them onto a bigger piece of paper in a rainbow pattern.

At this point, I provide cut-out letters for the children to glue on to spell out Los Colores under the rainbow. Finally, the children write “My favorite color is …… because …..” on the bottom. For example, “My favorite color is amarillo because I like the sun.” Moreover, if you have higher-level students, you can even have them use more Spanish. For instance, “Mi color favorito es rojo porque me gusta manzanas.” They turned out super cute!

Unfortunately, I can’t find the pic of the sample I made for the class, but if I do I will certainly update this post!

Although the entire lesson takes about an hour, it can absolutely be broken up into shorter sessions. In fact, you can even do each activity as a different lesson! 

Additional Resources for Teaching Spanish Colors


¡Divertirse aprendiendo y enseñando a los colores en español!! (Have fun learning about and teaching Spanish colors!!) If you like this lesson, please check out my Spanish lessons on numbers, animals, and the alphabet!

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  1. Jennifer Brunk

    It sounds like a fun class! My guess is you will have more students soon, if others can still join. I’m so glad there are teachers out there making Spanish fun for kids! If you need any ideas, check out Spanish Playground. ¡Que lo pases muy bien en clase!

    • mct224

      ¡Muchas gracias!

  2. Munsell Color

    It looks and sounds like you are doing a great job of teaching color fundamentals to these young Spanish students. It always helps to make the subject matter fun and more interesting. Very nice!

  3. Bego

    hola , yo tambien voy a empezar con un grupo , solo que no se si me puedas ayudar a conseguir un link en el cual te escriba la pronunciacion de alguna palabra en espanol al modo que un nino americano no sabe el abecedario en espanol …

  4. katherine

    Hi im a spanish teacher for kids from 1 to 10 years of age, I was trying to find an interesting way to teach my kids the colors and this is definitely helpful especially the rainbow colors thank you so much for sure your ideas

  5. Sylvia

    I have also just started teaching Spanish in our elementary after-school program once a week. I love your lesson on colors, which is this week’s topic. I may borrow some of your great ideas. ¡Gracias por compartir!

    • mct224

      Thanks so much! Good luck teaching!

  6. Brian Brshears

    I too am starting a Spanish enrichment club after school. How long did you run this club? I have found your lessons on number, animals, and colors. Do you have more? I’m starting my club from scratch and I would like it to be successful for years to come. If you have more of your experiences with your club I would love to read about them.

    • mct224

      So sorry for the delay – your comment somehow ended up in spam. We ran our club 1-2 times per month and focused more on cultural events – so if a holiday was coming up we would learn about it in Spanish, then do a craft, enjoy an authentic treat, see a video, etc. I have tons more lessons but haven’t had the time to post them. I am hoping to soon so please check back! Good luck!


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