True or False? Playing Games Makes Language Learning Fun

Playing Games Makes Learning Spanish Fun

 

Learning a new language can be a challenging and rewarding experience, but it can also be intimidating and overwhelming. One way to make the process more enjoyable and engaging is by using games as a basis for learning.

Here are a few reasons why playing games makes language learning fun:

Games are engaging:

Games are a fun and interactive way to learn, and they can help keep students engaged and motivated. By using games as a basis for learning, you can help make language learning more enjoyable and encourage students to stay involved.

Games are interactive:

Games are an interactive way to learn, which can help students practice their skills in a more realistic and engaging way. By playing games, students can practice their speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills in a more interactive and dynamic way.

Games are adaptable:

Games are flexible and adaptable, which means that you can use them to teach a wide range of language skills. Whether you want to focus on grammar, vocabulary, or conversation skills, there is a game that can help you achieve your goals.

Games are fun:

Above all, games are fun. By using games as a basis for learning, you can help make language learning more enjoyable and help students stay engaged and motivated.

 

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Here are a few examples of games that you can use to make language learning fun:

Scrabble:

Scrabble is a classic board game that can be adapted to teach vocabulary and spelling skills in the target language. Students can practice building words and improving their spelling skills, while also learning new words and phrases.

Hangman:

Hangman is a simple game that can be used to teach vocabulary and spelling skills in the target language. Students can guess letters to help fill in a word or phrase, and the teacher can provide hints or clues to help them along.

Word search:

Word search puzzles are a fun and interactive way to practice vocabulary and spelling skills in the target language. Students can search for hidden words in a grid of letters, and the teacher can provide a list of words to look for or allow students to come up with their own list.

Charades:

Charades is a classic party game that can be adapted to teach vocabulary and conversation skills in the target language. Students can act out words or phrases without speaking, and their classmates can try to guess what they are trying to convey.

Board games

Board games are a classic way to make language learning fun and interactive. There are many board games that have been adapted for language learning, such as “¡Arriba!” and “Let’s Talk Spanish.” These games can help students practice vocabulary, grammar, and conversation skills in a fun and engaging way.

 

playing games makes language learning fun

 

 

In addition to these games, there are also many online resources and apps that can help you make language learning more fun and interactive. For example, we offer a range of exercises and games to help children practice their skills, and it provides feedback and rewards to help keep them motivated.

Overall, playing games can be a powerful and effective way to make language learning more enjoyable and engaging. Whether you use traditional board games, online resources, or apps, the key is to find the tools and techniques that work best for you and your students. With a little bit of creativity and flexibility, you can make language learning a fun and rewarding experience for all.

A Spanish Christmas Recipe: How to Make Polvorones

Do you know how to make polvorones? Do you know what polvorones are?

 

Polvorones are traditional Spanish cookies that are made with a few simple ingredients. They are similar in texture to shortbread cookies and are enjoyed during the Christmas festive season.

Children enjoy making polvorones because they are relatively easy to make and require minimal ingredients. The dough can be easily rolled into small balls and baked into cookies, which makes them a fun activity for kids to participate in. Additionally, the finished cookies are delicious and make a great treat to share with friends and family.

With this recipe, you’ll find the ingredients in Spanish, but the instructions in English

How to make polvorones: A recipe for traditional Spanish cookies

 

Ingredients:

227 grams unsalted Mantequilla, softened

125 grams confectioners’ Azúcar

280 grams all-purpose Harina

60 grams finely ground Almendras

5 grams Extracto de vainilla

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

In a large mixing bowl, cream together the Mantequilla and confectioners’ Azúcar until smooth.

Add the Harina, ground Almendras, and Extracto de vanilla to the Mantequilla mixture and mix until well combined.

Roll the dough into small balls and place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.

Bake the cookies for 10-12 minutes, or until they are lightly golden.

Remove the cookies from the oven and let them cool on the baking sheet for a few minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

Dust the cookies with additional confectioners’ Azúcar before serving.

These cookies can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.

We hope you enjoy this recipe for how to make polvorones, they’re fun to make together, and you can learn some new Spanish words!

 

P.S. Did you guess the Spanish ingredients correctly?

Mantequilla

Extracto de vanilla

Azúcar

Harina

Almendras

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids: Recipes from Around The World

Christmas is an ideal time to get in the kitchen with your children. At Cooking With Languages, we know the importance of keeping it simple and making it fun.

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

With thanks to our social media friends, we have compiled our very first list of Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids from different countries around the world. As well as making some simple and scrummy recipes for you all to enjoy, we will also have a look at some new words in different languages.

 

 

For starters, read through the following recipes and, using your chosen target language, prepare a shopping list for the ingredients. As language knowledge develops, you can then look at the using instructions in your target language … (Our bilingual activity cookbook enables you to do this in both English and Spanish)

In this first Christmas Round-Up of Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids, we have some delicious recipes from Australia, the United Kingdom, France, the Netherlands, Poland and Spain.

 

 

Mini Mince Pie Puffs from the United Kingdom (Eats Amazing)

 

Mince pies are a favourite in our house. We have to leave making the until as close as possible to Christmas, otherwise, they do not last! We love the idea of these light puff pastry bites as an alternative and also as an excuse to make more 😉

 

Ingredients (makes around 30):

  • 1 320g sheet ready-rolled puff pastry
  • 1/3 jar good quality ready-made mincemeat
  • 1 egg

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 190°C (Gas mark 5/375°F).  Line 2 baking trays with grease proof or baking paper.
  • Crack the egg into a small bowl and lightly whisk.
  • Unroll the sheet of pastry.  Using a small cookie cutter*, cut out as many shapes as possible from the sheet, cutting each shape as close the previous one as possible to maximise the number cut.
  • Place half of the shapes on the lined baking trays, making sure there is plenty of space around each one. Lightly brush them all with the egg.
  • Top each pastry shape with a small dollop of mincemeat – be careful not to use too much as it’s easy to overfill them.
  • Take the other half of the pastry shapes. Lightly brush each one with egg, and place it, egg side down, on the mincemeat topped pastry. Gently press around the edges to seal.
  • Using a small fork, press all around the very edge of each shape to seal further. I’d recommend using a child’s fork if you have one, for the smaller tines.
  • Lightly brush the top of each pastry with egg.  Using the tip of a small sharp knife, cut a tiny cross into the top of each pastry to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake in the oven for 12-15 minutes until cooked through, puffed up and golden.

 

For the full recipe and step by step photographic instructions: https://www.eatsamazing.co.uk/christmas/mini-mince-pie-puffs-recipe

 

Christmas Cookies from the Netherlands. (Kid World Citizen)

 

  • 250 grams (2 cups) self-rising flour (or reg. flour + 1T baking powder and a bit of salt)
  • 125 g (3/4 c packed) dark brown sugar
  • 2 T “speculaas” spices
  • pinch of salt
  • 175 g (1.5 sticks) cold butter
  • slivered almonds
  • 1 egg

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

Instructions:

  • Mix flour, sugar, spices and salt
  • Cut butter up and crumble it in the above mixture, forming a smooth dough.
  • Let dough rest in the fridge for approx. 30 mins.
  • Warm oven to 170 C (340 F).  Roll out dough and cut out cookies with a cookie cutter.
  • Decorate with almonds.
  • Crack egg, whisk with fork. Glaze cookies with egg.
  • Put in oven for 20-25 mins.

 

For the full recipe, and to learn how to make the special Speculaas” Spices visit: https://kidworldcitizen.org/st-nicholas-visits-the-netherlands-2-christmas-recipes/

 

Layered Christmas Smoothies from Australia. (My Kids Lick The Bowl)

 

This simple and scrummy Christmas Smoothie not only looks amazing but also it is a great way to sneak some greens into the mix for your little ones during the festive season!

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

The Red Layer: a combination of watermelon, strawberries, and raspberries.

The White Layer: milk (you could use a milk alternative if needed) ripe bananas and cashews, I reserved half to make the base of the green layer. (cauliflower can be added to this layer to up the veggie content) The cashews can be skipped if nut free is a requirement

The Green Layer: frozen mango and spinach leaves to the remainder of the white layer mix

Layer them, top with fruit if you wish and boom you are done a festive layered Christmas smoothie.

For the full recipe, visit: https://mykidslickthebowl.com/layered-christmas-smoothies/

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Gallette des Rois from France by Lou Messugo

Ingredients

  • 460g puff pastry – either 2 rolls of ready-made pastry or home-made divided into 2 and rolled into thin rounds of approx 30-35cms diametre
  • 100g ground almonds
  • 75g sugar
  • 1 egg (+1 egg yolk, beaten)
  • 50g softened butter
  • A few drops of almond essence
  • 1 fève (small ceramic figurine or a dried broad bean if ceramic figurine not available) + 1 paper crown

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

Instructions:

  • Roll out the bottom pastry onto a baking tray lined with baking paper.  Prick it with a fork several times.
  • Mix all other ingredients except the extra egg yolk in a mixing bowl, beat till thoroughly mixed and creamy.  The paste should be quite thick.
  • Spread the paste over the pastry, leaving an edge of a couple of centimetres.
  • Paint some beaten egg yolk around the edges as “glue” to help stick the top layer of pastry.
  • Place the fève (figurine) somewhere not too near the centre.
  • Place the second round of pastry over the top and pinch around the edges to stick it firmly closed.
  • Prick a few holes and cut a pattern on the top with a knife (if you wish!)
  • Paint with the beaten egg yolk to make the pastry beautifully golden.
  • Bake at 200°c (fan assisted oven) for approx 25 mins (or until golden, keep an eye on it, all ovens are different).
  • Can be served warm or cold.

 

For the full recipe, step by step photographic instructions and a guide about what to do with the “fève” visit: http://www.loumessugo.com/en/blog/entry/how-to-make-galette-des-rois-traditional-epiphany-cake

 

Piernik – Gingerbread from Poland (European Mama)

 

Ginger nut biscuits were a favourite of mine as a child and gingerbread biscuits, in the form of people or houses, are a Christmas tradition in our home. We love the idea of this Polish family recipe from Olga at European Mama and cannot wait to taste it.

 

Ingredients

  • 300g flour
  • 75g butter
  • half a cup honey
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon strong coffee (I used cocoa powder)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • spices: cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cloves
  • dried fruit (optional)
  • 2 eggs

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

Instructions

  • Put the sugar, butter, honey and coffee into a saucepan.
  • Cook until the sugar and butter dissolve and remove from the heat.
  • While the mixture is still hot, add the flour mixed with the baking soda and spices.
  • Mix and let cool.
  • Add both eggs, mix well.
  • Add the dried fruit (I used a handful of raisins and 5 prunes)
  • Butter a bread form and transfer the batter into the form.
  • Bake for an hour, 180 centigrades.

For the full recipe and the origins of the recipe visit: http://www.europeanmama.com/polish-gingerbread-piernik-recipe/

 

Homemade Marzipan biscuits from Spain (PequesRecetas)

 

Marzipan is a very traditional “dulce” at Christmas time in Spain. We will be testing out this simple and scrummy recipe from Peques Recetas, along with several other Spanish specialities.

Easy Christmas Recipes for Kids

For the full recipe in Spanish visit: http://www.pequerecetas.com/receta/mazapan-casero/

 

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Spanish Christmas Traditions: Comprehension Activity

In the build-up to the festive season, learning about Spanish Christmas Traditions is a fun way to encourage interest amongst language students. Making language learning fun and relevant makes learning easier.

Download our free printable Spanish Christmas Traditions comprehension exercise to give to your students or read it out loud to them (subject to their ability) and then ask them to answer the questions.

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Tradiciones Navideñas Españolas

 

La Campaña de Navidad

Spanish Christmas TraditionsEn España, es normal comenzar a ver decoraciones de Navidad en Noviembre.

Muchos edificios importantes están decorados así como las calles y las casas. Alrededor de Noviembre empieza también la Campaña de Navidad en todos los centros comerciales y en pequeñas tiendas.

La intención principal de la Campaña de Navidad es decorar las tiendas de forma navideña y ofrecer descuentos y rebajas para incitar a la población a iniciar sus compras de Navidad.

El Portal de Belén

Spanish Christmas Traditions

Una decoración muy típica en España es el “Portal de Belén” que representa a Jesús y sus padres. Estas decoraciones se pueden encontrar en casa particulares y en tiendas, bares y restaurantes y, en algunas zonas del país.  

Cuando se acerca el día de Navidad, se pueden encontrar representaciones de belenes en vivo y en directo, en la calle.

 

Nochebuena y el Día de Navidad

Tradiciones Navideñas Españolas Nochebuena es un día muy celebrado en España. Se celebra en todo el país.

La comida servida ese día puede variar dependiendo de la zona, pero todas tienen algo en común: siempre se sirven mucha comida.

Después de la gran comida, es común comer algo dulce, principalmente “turrones”, que se parecen a las tabletas de chocolate pero suelen ser más gruesas y con diferentes tipos de frutos secos.

 

El Día de Navidad se celebra normalmente con la familia. Todo el mundo abre los regalos de debajo del árbol que ha traído Papá Noel.

A los más pequeños de la casa les encanta esta parte y, por esa misma razón, esta parte del día está dedicada a ellos aunque los adultos también reciben regalos.

De nuevo, la comida servida puede variar según la zona del país pero es común servir grandes cantidades de comida.

 

Nochevieja y Año Nuevo

Spanish Christmas TraditionsEn el 31 de diciembre, es común quedar con la familia y amigos, tanto en casa como en la calle, para celebrar Nochevieja y el Año Nuevo. Hay muchas fiestas y celebraciones por todo el país.

Cuando llega la medianoche, es común beber champán o cava y comer doce uvas de la suerte. Se come una uva cada vez que suena el reloj, en los últimos doce segundos del año. Se dice que comer dichas uvas trae buena suerte para el siguiente año.

En algunas zonas del país se “recomienda” llevar ropa interior de color rojo para iniciar el año, ya que se dice que también trae Buena suerte.

Día de Reyes

Spanish Christmas TraditionsEs España, el día 6 de enero, celebramos algo parecido a la Navidad: un día en que los pequeños reciben regalos y dulces y las familias se reúnen de nuevo para pasar el día, juntos.

El día antes del Día de Reyes, por la tarde, en las calles de todo el país se lleva a cabo “La Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos”. Los Reyes Magos y sus ayudantes pasan por las calles, tirando dulces a los pequeños. A los niños y niñas les encanta estar en la calle recogiendo caramelos y saludando a los Reyes Magos.

En este día, es muy común comer el “Roscón de Reyes”, un tipo de bizcocho con un agujero en medio y con frutas y frutos secos encima.

El Roscón contiene dos sorpresas: una pequeña figura y una alubia. Quien sea que encuentre la figura, puede ponerse la corona que viene con el Roscón. Quien sea que encuentre la alubia tiene que comprar el Roscón del año siguiente.

 

Now the Questions/ Las Preguntas …

 

  1. ¿Cuando es normal comenzar a ver decoraciones de Navidad en España?

  2. ¿ Qué es la intención principal de la Campaña de Navidad?

  3. ¿A quién representa el portal de belén?

  4. ¿Qué es un belén en vivo?

  5. ¿En qué parte de España se celebra nochebuena?

  6. ¿A qué se parecen turrones?

  7. ¿Done deja Papá Noel los regalos?

  8. ¿Los adultos también reciben regalos?

  9. ¿Cuando se celebra nochevieja?

  10. ¿Cuando se come las uvas?

  11. ¿En qué fecha se celebra el Día de Reyes?

  12. ¿Qué es La Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos?

 

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Easy Christmas Recipe For Kids: Chocolate Truffles / Trufas de Chocolate

A Family Favourite Easy Christmas Recipe For Kids … (in English and Spanish)

Christmas is a great time to get messy in the kitchen with your children. This easy Christmas recipe for kids is one of our family favourites. We still have stains on our kitchen walls (we call them trophies 😉 ) from when the kids were younger and we got messy making these.

The alcoholic tipple is totally an optional extra, it is a good idea to separate the mixture before making a bowl of adults and a bowl of kiddies truffle mixture 😉

The children love getting messy when rolling the mixture into balls …

 

 

Let’s make Chocolate Truffles …

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Ingredients:

  • 300g premium dark chocolate
  • 1 large glass of condensed milk
  • 1 measure of rum (optional)
  • Chocolate sprinkles to decorate

The steps …

  1. Break the chocolate bar into pieces and melt it in a glass bowl, in a pan of boiling water.
  2. Once the chocolate had melted completely, add the condensed milk.
  3. Mix the condensed milk into the melted chocolate and then add your choice of alcoholic tipple.
  4. The mixture is very runny but it hardens as it cools down. (You can leave the mixture overnight.)
  5. The following day it is easy to roll into balls … without getting too messy! The kids will love this!
  6. Use a  teaspoon to measure the mixture and roll into small balls.
  7. Cover in chocolate sprinkles.

You can choose other coverings apart from the chocolate sprinkles

For example…

  • crushed flake
  • hundreds and thousands
  • desiccated coconut
  • strawberry crystals

 

Hacemos Trufas de Chocolate …

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Ingredientes

  • 1 pastilla chocolate (approx) 300g
  • 1 vaso grande de leche condensada
  • 1 chorrito de ron (opcional)
  • Fideos de chocolate

 

Los pasos:

  1. Romper la barra de chocolate en trozos. Derretir en un recipiente de vidrio dentro de una olla de agua hirviendo.
  2. Una vez que el chocolate se haya derretido completamente, agregar la leche condensada.
  3. Mezclar la leche condensada en el chocolate derretido y luego agregar su opción de bebida alcohólica.
  4. La mezcla es muy líquida pero se endurece a medida que se enfría. (Se puede dejar la mezcla durante la noche.)
  5. Al día siguiente es fácil de rodar en las bolas … ¡sin ensuciarse demasiado! A los niños, les van a encantar!
  6. Utilizar una cucharadita para medir la mezcla y luego rodar la mezcla en bolas pequeñas.
  7. Cubrir las bolitas en fideos de chocolate

Nota: Se puede usar todo tipo de fideos para adornar.

 

 

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Chocolate Truffles …

Ingredients
  

Ingredients:

  • 300 g premium dark chocolate
  • 1 large glass of condensed milk
  • 1 measure of rum optional
  • Chocolate sprinkles to decorate

Instructions
 

The steps …

  • Break the chocolate bar into pieces and melt it in a glass bowl, in a pan of boiling water.
  • Once the chocolate had melted completely, add the condensed milk.
  • Mix the condensed milk into the melted chocolate and then add your choice of alcoholic tipple.
  • The mixture is very runny but it hardens as it cools down. (You can leave the mixture overnight.)
  • The following day it is easy to roll into balls … without getting too messy! The kids will love this!
  • Use a teaspoon to measure the mixture and roll into small balls.
  • Cover in chocolate sprinkles.

Notes

Note: You can choose other coverings apart from the chocolate sprinkles For example… crushed flake hundreds and thousands desiccated coconut strawberry crystals

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