Spanish Outdoor Activity- Un Picnic

Mayo brings us weather beautiful enough for a picnic, and a Spanish-speaking, Mexican style picnic at that.  The family picnic is a cultural institution in Mexico, and weekend family picnics are often multi-generational with abuelos (grandparents), tíos (aunts & uncles) and bebés.  Picnic y la familia go together like tacos and salsa.  Try a Mexican style picnic with some Spanish sprinkled in with friends, family, or students.

Teaching Tip & Spanish Material:  Introduce each item from the Mexican picnic with its Spanish name such as la naranja for orange.  Then ask learners to identify it by pointing or touching it.  Vocabulary is taught best with the real item, or a picture of it.  The visual and tactile support of a real orange, for examples, lends so much to the learners.  A delightful, simple bilingual book for foods is Mi Comida.

So here is some familia review:

Spanish Family Members: Pairs

  • abuelos = grandparents
  • papás= parents
  • hijos= children
  • nietos= grandchildren
  • tíos= aunts & uncles
  • primos= cousins

Conversation Fun

¿Quíenes van al picnic? Who is going to the picnic?

Mis abuelos, mis papás, mis tíos y mis primos van al picnic.

¿Qué traes para el picnic? What are you bringing for the picnic

Yo traigo . . . . I m bringing.

Spanish Family Vocabulary, Phrases, & Song: La Familia

La familia is the next theme to explore right after Mother’s Day, el Día de la Madre. Everyone talks about their family, so learning Spanish family members is a must, as well as a couple of everyday questions and answers.

La Familia Vocabulary

  • la madre= the mother
  • el padre= the father
  • el hermano= the brother
  • la hermana= the sister
  • el abuelo= the grandfather
  • la abuela= the grandmother
  • el tío= the uncle
  • la tía= the aunt
  • los tíos= the aunts & uncles

Spanish Q & A

  • ¿Cuántas personas hay en tu familia? En mi familia hay . . . personas.

How many people are in your family?  There are . . . people in my family.

  • ¿Con quién vives? Yo vivo con mi madre, mi padre, mi hermana y . . . .

Who do you live with?  I live with my mother, my father, my sister, and . . .

La Familia Song
¿Cuantas personas hay?
**To the tune of Row Row Your Boat

¿Cuántas personas hay en tu familia?
Madre, padre y los hijos
¡5!
¿Cuántas personas hay en tu familia?
Abuela, abuelo, y los tíos
¡8!

English Translation
How many people are in your family?
Mother, father, and the children
5!

How many people are in your family?
Grandmother, grandfather, and aunts & uncles
8!

Click here for a lesson for young learners

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