Wearing yellow underwear is a unique tradition that some people in Colombia, and other places where Spanish is spoken, have on December 31st during “La Noche Vieja” on New Year’s Eve. It is believed that wearing yellow underwear will bring good luck in the new year. This tradition is known in Colombia as “Los Cucos Amarillos” or “Los Cucos de la Suerte.” “Cuco” is a word used in some places in Colombia to refer to underwear.
Through this game children will learn about this fun tradition and three simple common expressions in Spanish: ¡Qué buena suerte!, ¡Qué chévere!, ¡Qué mala suerte! You will need good luck to play the game well, of course!
This game will get everyone involved in class and will allow participation at different levels.For this game we read the e-book “¡Papá Noel! ¿Quién Tiene Tu Gorro?“. In this short story “Papá Noel” is missing his hat. He is worried and needs to find it before Christmas. He will ask Rudolph, the Christmas star, the candy cane, and others for the hat. To his surprise, he finds that the Christmas present had his hat. Once he has the hat on his head Papá Noel shouts happily “Ho, Ho, Ho, ¡Feliz Navidad!“
In preparation for this game, you will need to print the “Papá Noel” without the hat and a few copies of the hat. Just scroll down to find the link to download them for free . Laminate them and place Velcro or adhesive tape on the back of each hat.
You will need to teach students each of the phrases in the game. A good way to do this is to chant them along with children. I encourage my students to chant as a whole group and help each other out this way.
Next, choose a student to volunteer to be Papá Noel. Ask this student to leave the room.
Quietly distribute the hats between the children and ask them to hide the hats.
Invite your class to call the child who left the room by saying “¡Papá Noel ven aquí!“
Then, the class will ask: “¡Papá Noel! ¿Quién Tiene Tu Gorro?“
The student who is Papá Noel will ask in the class “¿Tu tienes mi gorro?“
The student and the class will answer: “Sí, si tengo tu gorro.” or “No, no tengo tu gorro“.
You can choose the number of turns you allow. If the student who is Papá Noel finds the hat, he can place it on the picture and say “Ho, Ho, Ho ¡Feliz Navidad!“.
This is how it goes:
Class: Papá Noel ven aquí ¡Papá Noel! ¿Quién tiene tu gorro? Student (Papá Noel): ¿Tu tienes mi gorro? Class: No, no tengo tu gorro.
Papá Noel has lost his hat! Do you think he would be able to find it before Navidad? Who could have taken his hat? This book is perfect to introduce vocabulary related to Christmas in Spanish. It’s short, fun andhas a lot of repetition. This set includes:
2. A fun read aloud audio (Mp3) – Listen to sample here!
If you are a Spanish teacher in the United States, make sure you acknowledge that you might have children who come from different cultural backgrounds and celebrate different holidays. However, you can share with your children that Navidad is celebrated by a majority of people in Spanish speaking countries. The advent calendar is great to review a lot of the vocabulary you have introduced in your classes:
1. First you need to make sure you eat all the chocolate before you take the calendar to your class. (Yes, I know this will be a challenge for most!!)
2. Precut small images with the vocabulary you would like to review. For example: farm animals, colors, numbers, shapes, or even the name of a song you have sung in class. Make sure they fit in the calendar.
3. Place the numbers from 1 to 25 in a bag.
Invite a volunteer to pick a number from the bag, then find it on the calendar, open the tiny window, and tell you the name of the picture. If the children have enough vocabulary, you can invite them to make sentences using that picture.
You can use the calendar to count backwards, by 2’s, by 5’s, by 10’s, and also to sing a number song!
¡Hola! I am Carolina, a Colombian elementary Spanish teacher based in Austin, Texas. Fun for Spanish Teachers is the result of my passion for teaching Spanish to children and my desire to inspire collaboration and creativity in a vibrant teaching and learning community. It’s the perfect stop if you are looking for songs, games, teaching tips, stories, and fun for your classes.