Over the years, teaching Spanish to different age levels, I have learned many games from my students and other colleagues. Here is a list of some of the favorites my students and I enjoy playing in class.

**1. ARROZ CON PAN:**Game of elimination played in a circle where the students chant “Arroz con pan (3x) y sal” then a number is called out and counted around the circle.

*Si te gusta comer helado. Si tienes hermanos*, etc.)

**3. BINGO:**Sometimes students make their own boards and fill in the latest vocabulary we have been learning in class. We also have bingo boards for different topics.

**4. ROBA LA VACA**: This game is really simple. One student stands guard by a small animal but is blindfolded. The students chant “Roba la vaca” while someone (usually chosen by the teacher) steals the cow and hides it. The blindfolded person may ask three questions about who stole it (in Spanish) and then must guess by saying “Maria tiene la vaca.” If the student guesses correctly, a new guardian is chosen.

**5. DRAW IT**: A stack of cards with various words, (usually actions, adjectives and nouns) is set out next to a large dry erase board. Students come up and choose a card. They can not say the word, but they must try to draw out the ideas, and the group (or their team) must try to guess the word (this can be done with phrases too.) Alternatively, students may also act out words on the cards while the others guess.

**6. CHARADES: **A student makes a TPR movement, and the rest of the class has to guess it. Variation: Pick a student, show a flashcard to the class, and hide it from the student, then the class makes the TPR movement and the child has to guess it.

**7. ¿QUÉ ES?**Ask a student to hide an object (manipulative, picture card, etc.). The rest of the class has to guess it by asking, for example, “¿Es la manzana?” And the student answers “no, no es la manzana” or “si es la manzana”. The student who guesses the right answer takes the new turn. Variation: Tape a flashcard on the back of a student. Show it to the class, then have the student ask the class, “¿Es la manzana?” and have the class answer back “no, no es la manzana” or “si es la manzana”.

**FRIO, TIBIO, CALIENTE:**Ask a student to leave the classroom. While the student is outside, the rest of the class hides an object. The student comes back to the classroom to try to find the object. Other students help by saying “frio” (when the student is far away from the object), tibio (when student is getting close to the object) or caliente (when the student is really close to the object). If the student is taking a long time to find the object, the class will start counting from 1 to 10. If the student finds the object, he/she will have to say its name.

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**MANO A MANO**: Divide the class into pairs. The teacher calls out two body parts and the student pairs have to put these parts together.

**11. GO FISHING:**Place pictures of fish of different colors in basket . Each fish has a magnet pasted on the back. Give a student a fake fishing pole and have him/ her fish while the class chants:

**14.A LINE OF NUMBERS:**. Using masking tape, make a line on the floor and place numbers from 1 to 5 in a line. Have two students stand on either side of number 1 facing each other. Show a flashcard. If both students identify it at the same time they both get to move to the next number. If only one of the students gives the answer only he/she will move to the next number. The student who gets to number 5 first wins the game.

**15. FUTBOL (SOCCER):**Make a fútbol chart out of construction paper and print out 12 fútbol balls. Divide the class into two teams (to make it more fun you could name the groups by using names of Spanish speaking countries). Each group will get the score on the opposite side of the field. Show a picture card or ask a question and the team that gets to answer first gets a point (place one of the fútbol balls on the opposite side –remember that in fútbol you score on the other side of the field). If both teams answer the questions at the same time they both get points. When the teacher is placing points (balls) on the field, the whole class chants “gol, gooooooooool!” Whoever gets the most points wins.

**17. LA FILA (THE LINE)**

I was looking for blogs on using technology in the Spanish classroom when I ran across this post. Although it is not exactly what I was looking for, I am glad I found it. The games here are valuable resources to have on hand in the inevitable event of technology failure. Thank you for sharing.

I love these ideas!!!

I am glad you like them!

I am glad you found this post useful! I have written a few post about some great apps to use in class. I mostly share the tech pieces on my FB page!

I am new to the world of blogging and just learning to navigate through all the information. It looks like I can click on key words under the heading "Categories" on the right side of the screen to find archived posts. Is that correct? I will go look for your FB page, thanks for the tip!

number 11 is a great idea. i'm already using fish to teach colors and this is the perfect game/rhyme to use. do you make it up or is it traditional?

That's a good question! I actually don't know. I learned it when I was a PreK teacher in Colombia. 😀

Awesome ideas!!! Thank you!!

These ideas are awesome..I have a question though….what is TPR? what does that mean?

Total Physical Response

This is where they physically act out the commands, or vocabulary, or whatever topic you are presenting.

These have been so helpful! I am new to teaching, particularly the younger grades (I did my internship in a high school setting, and now I'm teaching k-8). My students have enjoyed many of these so far this year!

Thank you, this is awesome! I will definitely use these ideas in my Spanish class.

Great blog! 22 years teaching and always looking for ideas!

¡De nada!

This link has some info: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_physical_response

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Hi, I recently volunteered to teach some Spanish to my daughter's 2nd grade class. Many of the students do not know any Spanish what-so-ever. I was hoping you could give me some suggestions for a good way to introduce the language. Thanks, Stacey

In the face of a technology oriented world, games like these are more important than ever as they have students moving and interacting. I have taught at the jr/sr high school level for 27 years; my students always respond well to activities such as the ones you have posted. Thanks for a new burst of ideas. (Twitter @farandlow)

Thank you for your ideas. Perfect for my Spanish class! I appreciate your effort putting up this page.

Great post! I am definitely going to try this out. Keep up the good work here!

This is great! thank you so much

I am in college, studying to be a teacher. I am so glad I came across this site, it really helps me with ideas for the future!! It's truly great, thank you!

Thank you for your blog, but how about teaching students to stay away from the cliches of Spanish speaking cultures? Hats, maracas, etc. Starting with your own blog. I really think we need to move on from all that.

How do you play the game Arroz con pan?

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Love it! I am teaching Spanish and Geography to 4th and 5th graders for summer school, and I was looking for ideas. Thank you!

Great Ideas. Gracias

These are all really great ideas. My classes will enjoy them tomorrow!

Glad to know about these games and will play these with my little students as teaching in one of local Phoenix kindergarten. Quite sure that toddlers will really like them but will be little tough to teach them to play these.

It seems that everything I found had to do with an app or online game. Thank you so much for the great ideas for my hands-on learners that doesn't require a screen.

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