This list includes ideas for supplements for games in Spanish so you can provide your student with many of the same language exposure and practice that bilingual speakers are exposed to in both languages – playing games is an important part of learning a language. Including these supplements can give your child a much more authentic and meaningful language experience. Add Songs or rhymes, Audio or video from native speakers, Conversation, Vocabulary, Reading, Writing, Games, Crafts, Self-review, Fun/ Student Choice, Grammar, and AP study supplements. Finally, once your child is ready, try out the Spanish Cross-Curricular Subjects and Other Fun Stuff.
SPANISH SUPPLEMENTS FOR GAMES
Duolingo is free, but you can purchase a subscription. Duolingo teaches vocabulary, similar to flashcards or self-quizzing, but adds more games than some other options, and includes more grammar. The vocabulary seems to be presented in a different order than other apps. It teaches beginning skills but does not have conversation practice. Available on computer and app.
The Fun With Languages website has many simple games for French, German, Russian, and Spanish.
Play hangman using a vocabulary words (you can buy a hangman set or just use pen and paper)
Language Tree Spanish has multiple options available. The DVD includes interactive game section.
Spanish For You is a curriculum but you can purchase a membership to the games separately for $12 at this time. The games are free if you purchase the complete curriculum.
Matches can be picture-word, picture-picture, and word-word
Espanol Basico Basic Spanish: BINGO Board Game
40 game cards
Bingo chips and calling cards
Answer mat and a game guide in English and Spanish
KLOO’s Learn to Speak Spanish Language Card Games Pack 1 KLOO’s Learn to Speak Spanish Language Card Games Pack 1 (Decks 1 & 2)
Learn Spanish Playing Cards by Language Playing Cards “Learn the 52 most essential Spanish phrases
52 Spanish cards that include English translations and 2 Jokers that include Spanish number translations
Phonetic transcription allows you to easily sound out the new phrases correctly, see the images for details
Embeds proven language learning principals while keeping the learning process fun
Great for all standard card games Poker, Gin Rummy, Go Fish, Memory, Cribbage, Hearts, Solitaire”
Murder Mystery in Spanish. The author says “I developed the unit because I wanted a good setting to expose students to the use of preterite and imperfect in Spanish.”
“Classic child’s game featuring Jill McDonald’s adorable artwork
48 pieces (24 pairs)
Teaches children names of common things around the house in English and Spanish.”
There is also another version available called “When I Grow Up.”
Lingotopia is a new favorite game of my oldest child. The first day he played, he collected over 100 words (some new and some he already knew). Their official website description says that “Lingotopia is a language learning game about being lost in a city where you don’t speak the language.” I think the concept probably resonates with a lot of kids because my own kids have made up stories on their own about being lost in a city and having to learn the language to survive. At the time of this writing, it’s available in Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish, and seems to indicate that more languages are coming, including Greek.
Here is a little teaser trailer for the Lingotopia game: