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Marnie’s Spanish 101: Shapes – Las Figuras

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Spanish for Kids – Español Para Niños

¡Hola Amigos! Welcome to our Spanish 101 blog series for kids! Here you’ll find a list of wonderful resources, book suggestions, activities and songs to help your little ones learn Spanish and have fun while doing it!

In this week’s blog, we’re going to learn the shapes in Spanish! As you go about your day, remember to point out any of the different shapes you see to your little ones and try to see if they remember the Spanish word for them.

Helping your kids learn a new language is more rewarding than you may realize.  Did you know that children who are introduced to a second language show greater cognitive development in mental flexibility, creativity, reasoning, and problem-solving?  Studies show that kids who study a foreign language also score higher on tests in reading, math, and language arts. So, what are we waiting for?

Let’s get started! The vocabulary list below is an introduction to some of the common shapes in Spanish.  Take a moment to review them and sound them out, then watch a fun video and try to follow along and repeat the words as they are sung.

Vocabulary: The Shapes/Las Figuras

Circle – círculo (seerkooloh)

Square – cuadrado (kwah-drah-doh)

Rectangle – rectángulo (rrehktahnggooloh)

Triangle – triángulo (tryahng-goo-loh)

Octagon – octágono (ohk-tah-goh-noh)

Oval – óvalo (oh-bah-loh)

Diamond – rombo (rrohm-boh)

Heart – corazón (koh-rah-sohn)

Star – estrella (ehs-treh-yah)

Pentagon – pentágono (pehntahgohnoh)

 

Learn a great song about the different shapes in Spanish!

 

Congratulations! You’ve learned the words for common shapes in Spanish! Now let’s practice using them to make sure they stick.

Recommended Activities:

  • Have fun with “Play-doh” shapes! Use Play-doh to model and create shapes while modeling the use of the Spanish words for them.
  • Shapes are all around you.  Print the sheet below and cut out the individual boxes to create flashcards.  Then look around and point out the figuras you’ve learned and ask your child to repeat them after you.

Download and Print Flashcards:

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  • Want to incorporate more Spanish words? Use the following sentences when asking your child to identify the shapes:

“This figure is a ________.” Esta figura es un ________.”

  • Remember that star/estrella is feminine, so use “una” for that shape.

“Where is the _______.”¿Dónde está el/la _______.”

 

  • For an even greater challenge, encourage them to include the color after the shape!
  • For example:
  • “This figure is a yellow star”- “Esta figura es una estrella amarilla
  • “This figure is an orange triangle” – Esta figura es un triángulo anaranjado

Recommended titles available from Hoopla:

Hoopla has many language learning resources, books, audiobooks and music to supplement your learning experience. Here are just a few recommendations you can check out today.

¡Figuras! (Shapes!) by Charles Reasoner – Colorful pictures of familiar objects will serve as a great introduction of the English and Spanish words for circle, square, triangle, and rectangle.
Ages 2-4

Formas / Sort It By Shape by Emmett Alexander – This book will teach young readers how to sort and differentiate the shapes and objects they see every day.
Ages 4-6

Shapes in the Sand by Morgan Brody – This bilingual title utilizes a fun way to help kids learn all the different shapes by showing them how to look around them and draw them in the sand.
Ages 5-8

Figuras by Dona Herweck Rice – A Spanish title that shows readers how to recognize squares, circles, and rectangles
Ages 5-9

Brainy Baby – Shapes & Colors: “Colores Y Formas” – Children will love watching and learning the shapes in Spanish with the children in this award-winning video series.  The music, rhymes, and art will promote brain development and creative thinking through repetition and review.
Ages 6 months and up.

Also available for curbside pickup: 

My very first book of shapes/Mi Primer Libro de Formas by Eric Carle – Split pages help early learners find and match basic shapes to everyday objects.

Numeros y figuras/Numbers & Shapes in Spanish (DVD) – A great introduction to numbers and shapes using Spanish children’s songs.

Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 for Kids blog!  I hope you enjoyed learning all of the different shapes in Spanish.  We’ll see you soon for some fun Spanish lessons, books and activities!

¡Hasta la vista!

-Marnie