From Amarillo to Verde: How to Make Learning Spanish Colors Fun

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September 3, 2023

From Amarillo to Verde: How to Make Learning Spanish Colors Fun

Looking to add some color to your Spanish teaching journey? Look no further! In this post, I’ll show you how to make learning Spanish colors not only educational but also incredibly fun. From vibrant Amarillo (yellow) to serene Verde (green), we’ll dive into creative and engaging methods to help your students remember these essential vocabulary words.

Learning a new language can sometimes feel like a daunting task, but with the right approach, it can be an exciting adventure. Whether kids are visual learners who enjoy colorful flashcards or hands-on learners who prefer interactive games, there are plenty of strategies that cater to various learning styles.

Throughout this article, I’ll provide practical tips, fun activities, and useful resources to make your Spanish color teaching experience enjoyable and effective. Say goodbye to monotonous vocabulary drills and say hello to a rainbow of Spanish colors that will leave a lasting impression. So, put on your language-learning hat and get ready to paint your way to Spanish fluency. Vamos a aprender los colores! (Let’s learn the colors!)

    The basic colors in Spanish

    Before we dive into the exciting world of teaching Spanish colors, it’s essential to start with the basics. In Spanish, the primary colors are Rojo (red), Amarillo (yellow), Azul (blue), Verde (green), Naranja (orange), Morado (purple), Rosado (pink), Marrón (brown), Gris (gray), and Negro (black). These ten colors form the foundation of the Spanish color vocabulary, and mastering them is crucial for building language skills.

    When learning these colors, it’s helpful to associate them with visual cues or real-life objects. For example, imagine a red apple (manzana roja) or a yellow sun (sol amarillo). By creating mental images, kids will be able to recall the colors more easily. Additionally, practicing pronunciation is key to fluency. Give students time to listen to audio recordings or native speakers to get a feel for the correct pronunciation of each color.

    When I was in the classroom, I always kept these posters on the wall in a place where kids could easily see them (such as above the whiteboard in the front of the room). Giving a visual representation of Spanish colors was really helpful! I made sure to point out the posters and go through them all at the beginning of the unit on Spanish colors and to emphasize to students to use them as a reference. To start, I would show the one card that features all of the colors (by projecting it on the board if possible); I then went through each of the colors on the remaining cards (there are 13 total color cards as I included two each for orange and pink depending on which word you use). I pointed to the color, said it in Spanish, and had them repeat the words 2-3 times each. Click on the image to grab yours!

    Spanish Colors Signs

    Books are also a great way to introduce and reinforce new vocabulary. After we went through the Spanish colors, I read the story Purple, Green & Yellow by Robert Munsch. During the story, each time a color was mentioned, I said the Spanish word instead of the English word (so, for example, I would say “rojo” instead of “red”). Additionally, before reading, I would pass out copies of the same color cards posted on the wall (if it is possible to have copies for each kid, that is great; otherwise, a set for a few to share works fine, too). Then, I instructed them to raise the correct card up whenever they heard the color. Undoubtedly, they loved to be involved in the story!

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

    Fun activities for learning Spanish colors

    Learning should never be boring, especially when it comes to mastering Spanish colors. There are numerous engaging activities that can make the learning process enjoyable and memorable. Here are some of my favorites:

    1. Flashcards with a twist:

    Have students create their own flashcards by drawing or printing pictures of objects in different colors. For example, draw a blue sky or print a picture of a yellow banana. Use these flashcards to play games like memory or color matching. This activity not only helps kids remember the colors but also expands their vocabulary by associating colors with everyday objects.

    2. Color scavenger hunt:

    Take a walk around the school or neighborhood and look for objects in different colors. Challenge students to find as many objects as possible within a specific time limit. This activity allows kids to practice identifying colors in real-life contexts and enhances observational skills. This can be taken one step further by incorporating presentational skills: have students create a slideshow, poster, etc., to share what they found and present it to the class.

    3. Colorful storytelling:

    Have students create a story using different Spanish colors. Start with a simple sentence like “El cielo es azul” (The sky is blue) and build on it by incorporating more colors. For example, “El sol amarillo brilla en un cielo azul” (The yellow sun shines in a blue sky). This activity not only helps students practice using colors in sentences but also improves their creativity in Spanish.

    4. Puzzles:

    Kids always love puzzles! Have you checked out Tarsia puzzles? These fun, no-prep activities are perfect for centers, sub plans, and much more. You can find lots of them online, including this one that I created specifically to help practice Spanish colors:

    Spanish Colors Puzzle

    Incorporating technology in Spanish color learning

    In today’s digital age, technology can be a valuable tool for language learning (and, as I am sure you know, kids love it!). There are tons of ways to leverage technology to make learning Spanish colors more engaging; here are some of my favorites:

    1. Boom Cards:

    We all know that printable task cards are a terrific way to help kids remember vocabulary and can be used in so many ways. But sometimes, it is great to have a resource that is no-prep and self-checking that kids can use on their own to review for assessments or simply get some extra practice. Boom Cards are great for this. If you haven’t tried them, I highly recommend them! Kids love them; they are no-prep, self-checking, and, best of all, they really help students learn! For more info on Boom Cards, please check out this post. Then, when you would like to try them, head on over and sample my Colors Boom Cards

    2. Interactive language learning apps:

    There are numerous language learning apps available that offer interactive lessons specifically designed for learning Spanish colors. These apps often include games, quizzes, and pronunciation exercises to enhance the learning experience. Some popular apps include Duolingo, Babbel, and Rosetta Stone.

    3. Online color games:

    Explore online platforms that offer interactive color games in Spanish. These games can range from color recognition exercises to color mixing activities. Playing these games not only helps reinforce knowledge of Spanish colors but also provides a fun and immersive learning environment. Here are a few that I like:

    4. Virtual reality (VR):

    If you have access to virtual reality tools, consider using VR to immerse students in a virtual Spanish-speaking environment. There are VR apps and programs that allow you to explore colorful virtual worlds while practicing language skills. This immersive experience can greatly enhance understanding and retention of Spanish colors.

    Songs and rhymes for learning Spanish colors

    One of the most effective ways to learn and remember vocabulary is through music. In fact, I always used to open with a song during our colors unit that kids loved! You can grab a cute printable copy here for FREE! Here are some additional catchy songs and rhymes that will help you master Spanish colors:

    1. “Los Colores” song:

    Search for the song “Los Colores” on popular streaming platforms or video-sharing websites. This song teaches the basic colors in a fun and catchy way, making it easy to remember. Sing along and practice your pronunciation while enjoying the rhythm of the song.

    2. Color-themed nursery rhymes:

    Look for nursery rhymes or children’s songs that focus on colors in Spanish. These rhymes often use repetitive lyrics and simple melodies, making it easier for learners of all ages to memorize the colors. Sing these rhymes with enthusiasm and let the music enhance your learning experience.

    Arts and crafts for hands-on learning

    If you’re a hands-on learner who enjoys creative activities, incorporating arts and crafts can be a fantastic way to learn Spanish colors. Here are some art-inspired ideas to make the language-learning journey more colorful:

    1. Painting with colors:

    Grab some paintbrushes, watercolors, and paper, and let students create their own color palettes. Allow them to practice mixing primary colors to create secondary colors, such as mixing blue and yellow to get green. Experiment with different shades and tones while labeling each color in Spanish. This activity allows kids to explore colors visually and reinforces their understanding of color names in Spanish.

    2. Colorful collages:

    Collect colorful magazines, newspapers, or fabric scraps and create collages using different colors. Cut out objects or patterns in various colors and arrange them to create visually appealing compositions. Label each color in Spanish and describe the artwork using color-related vocabulary. This hands-on activity not only enhances understanding of colors but also encourages creativity. You can also incorporate presentational and/or skills by having students share their creations either with the class or with partners or small groups, describing (en Español, of course!) what they made and why). 

    3. Handprint Project:

    This is great for all ages! 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 all of their hands and glue them onto a bigger piece of paper in a rainbow pattern/shape. At this point, I provide small cut-out letters for the children to glue on to spell out “Los Colores” under the rainbow (you could also give stickers or just have them do it themselves - totally up to you). Finally, the children write “My favorite color is …… because …..” on the bottom. For example, “My favorite color is amarillo because I like the sun.” Also, 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 turn out super cute and make great classroom decor! 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!

    Cultural significance of colors in Spanish-speaking countries

    Colors hold cultural significance in many Spanish-speaking countries, and understanding these cultural associations can deepen appreciation for the language. Here are some examples:

    1. Día de los Muertos:

    In Mexico, the color yellow is associated with the Day of the Dead (Día de los Muertos) celebration. Yellow marigolds are used to decorate altars and graves during this holiday. Learning about these cultural connections can provide a broader understanding of the Spanish language and its cultural context. You can learn more about this holiday and get lots of free teaching resources by clicking here!

    2. Flag colors:

    Explore the flags of different Spanish-speaking countries and learn about the meaning behind their colors. For example, the flag of Spain consists of red and yellow, which represent bravery and generosity, respectively. Understanding the symbolism behind these colors can enrich the language-learning journey.

    Conclusion - Embracing the colorful world of the Spanish language

    Learning Spanish colors doesn’t have to be a dull and tedious process. By incorporating a variety of engaging activities, leveraging technology, and exploring the cultural significance of colors, you can make the learning experience fun and memorable. Remember, language learning is a journey, and adding vibrant colors to your Spanish repertoire will bring your students one step closer to fluency while enjoying fun and engaging activities. So, embrace the colorful world of the Spanish language and let your language skills shine bright like a rainbow. ¡Buena suerte! (Good luck!)

    P.S. 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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