These original Spanish color poems are perfect for young children learning Spanish!
Last fall, we worked through our bilingual color unit with our Preschool and Kindergarten students. There are an abundance of color songs out there in English, but I couldn’t find the equivalent in Spanish. There was no time to set anything so music, so I enlisted the help of my best Spanish rhyming buddies. 🙂 Many thanks to Angela, Sandra, and Peggy, for brainstorming and reworking these poems until they were just right.
What makes these poems special?
- Each color follows the same pattern, so children pick up on the predictable pattern right away.
- The color word is used three times, giving children repetition to internalize the color.
- Objects using a variety of articles were chosen, so children would become familiar with the different el/la/los/las versions.
- Just the right amount of new vocabulary is introduced for young learners, so they stay engaged and not overwhelmed.
- High-interest topics were chosen to appeal to both boys and girls (Who doesn’t love iguanas, chocolate, and butterflies? hehe)
- They come with an mp3 version! If Spanish is not your native language, don’t worry. Just pop on the audio version to hear the correct pronunciation.
- Colors vary by region, so we’ve included alternatives for four of the colors. You are sure to find your choice of color words here!
If you are interested in the “why” behind poems, Spanish Mama has a great post called Why Your Bilingual Child Needs Poetry.
How do I use these poems with my child?
Really, any way that makes it enjoyable for them. Here are some ideas:
- Introduce the poem and explain any new vocabulary.
- Read it together often until children are familiar with it.
- Use some sort of manipulative (an edible one, like circle shaped cereal is especially popular here) to mark the color word. When they have found them all, have them underline the color word with the correct color.
- Assemble all the pages together to make a Color Poem Book.
We combined these poems with our Brown Bear Texture book, Predictable Chart pages, and Color Handprints to make Color Binders. (Stay tuned for a blog post next week on how we put it all together.)
The free download above comes with the black and white version of the poems. My children had so much fun with these poems, they begged for resources to go with them. First up, were these mini-books to keep in our Book Boxes.
Next, we added a color version of the poem pages, and a pocket chart version for shared reading. If you would like these extra resources, you can find them here at our store or on TpT.