When niños begin school they have to work on their fine motor skills. I gave a class and asked children in years 1, 2 and 3 to trace letters and colorear animales. Here are some suggested steps for la clase. I include British Sign Language as it helps form a bridge between the 2 lenguajes, and because children responden positivamente when they are asked to be physical.
- Circle time. Este animal is called un perro en español. What is un perro called in English? What noise does un perro make? Put your hand up if you have un perro. Copy me when I do the British sign language for un perro, like this: https://www.signbsl.com/sign/dog
- Repetir step one with the words for duck, pato; cow, vaca; and pig, cerdo. Follow the links to see how to make the signs for estos animales.
- Choose random animales from the four that you have presentado, and when you say them, ask los niños to sign them.
- Say random animales en español, and ask los niños to show you the sign for them.
I gave imágenes of the four animales to los niños to colorear and to trace the words. You can download un documento here: Cuatro animales
I hope that you will enjoy los imágenes that los niños coloreararon en mi clase. You can see how I finished mi clase: I pointed to un niño who held up their imágen. I said “Mira mi perro,” (or whatever animal it was) and los niños made el sonido de este animal. You can hear how they enjoyed it, and I hope your niños enjoy this too.