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Marnie’s Spanish 101: The Body

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Spanish for Kids – Español Para Niños

¡Hola Amigos! I’m Marnie with the Public Library of Youngstown & Mahoning County, and 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!   

Let’s get started! The vocabulary list below is an introduction to some of the parts of the body in Spanish.  Take a moment to review them and sound them out.
 

Vocabulary: The Body – El Cuerpo

Headcabeza (kahbehsah) 

Eyes ojo (ohhoh) 

Mouthboca (bohkah) 

Nosenariz (nahrees) 

Earsoreja (ohrehhah) 

Shoulderhombro (ohmbroh) 

Armbrazo (brrahsoh) 

Elbowcodo (kohdoh) 

Handmano (mahnoh) 

Fingerdedo (dehdoh) 

Legpierna (pyehrnah) 

Knee rodilla (rrohdeeyah) 

Foot pie (pyeh) 

Toesdedo del pie (dehdoh dehl pyeh)
 

Activities to Learn the Parts of the Body in Spanish 

Sing a song!  Music is a fun and easy way to learn new words. Click below to learn a simple song that will help your children learn and remember the different parts of the body in Spanish!  

 

Lyrics/Letras:  

Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies, rodillas y pies.
Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies, rodillas y pies.
Y ojos y orejas y boca y nariz
Cabeza, hombros, rodillas y pies, rodillas y pies. 

One more time!/ ¡Una vez más!

Head, shoulders, knees and feet, knees and feet.
Head, shoulders, knees and feet, knees and feet.
And eyes and ears and mouth and nose
Head, shoulders, knees and feet, knees and feet.
 

  • Play Simon Says. This classic game not only gets your kids moving, but also lets them hear the body parts over and over. Say things like “touch your feet” or “touch your nose!
     
  • Paintbrush ActivityAlthough there’s no Spanish edition of the picture book I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, it’s a great story and one we can use to practice using the body parts in Spanish! After reading it, use clean paint brushes and pretend to “paint” yourselves while saying the words in Spanish.
     
  • Play Pictionary. Fun for the whole family! Everyone must try to draw the different parts of the body, and whoever shouts out the Spanish word for it first, wins!   
  • Want to make it more challenging? Draw animals! Whoever calls out the name of the animal in Spanish wins. But wait, there’s more! Point to a part of the animal’s body and whoever shouts out the correct word first gets double points!  Here’s the link learn the names of different animals in Spanish.  Marnie’s Spanish 101: Animals – Los Animales 

Recommended titles:

De La Cabeza a Los Pies/From Head to Toe by Eric Carle 

  • Get your kids moving and learning Spanish with this great title by encouraging them to follow the movements of various animals while repeating the Spanish words.
    Grade Level: Preschool – 3
    Available for Curbside Pickup 

 Tu Boca/Your Mouth by Nancy Greenwood 

  • Beginning readers will not only learn how important taking care of their mouths is for their health, but also improve their reading comprehension in both English and Spanish.
    Grade Level: Preschool – 2
    Available from Hoopla 

Tu Nariz/Your Nose by Russell Hamdan 

  • Using engaging photographs, this bilingual title will show readers all of the different ways we use our noses and why our sense of smell is so important.
    Grade Level: Preschool – 2
    Available from Hoopla 

Tus Ojos/Your Eyes by Russell Hamdan
 

  • We often take our eyes for granted yet they help us in extraordinary ways without us having to think about it.  This bilingual book will introduce readers to concepts having to do with the eyes and sight while supporting this week’s Spanish vocabulary.
    Grade Level: Preschool – 2
    Available for Hoopla 

Tus Oidos/Your Ears by Nancy Greenwood 

  • An engaging book that teaches kids about the five main senses, with a focus on the specific parts of the ears and hearing.
    Grade Level: Preschool – 2
    Available from Hoopla 

Tus Manos/Your Hands by Liza Raine 

  • With colorful and fun photographs, readers will enjoy seeing all of the many things our hands help us do while learning essential reading skills in this bilingual title. 
    Grade Level:  Preschool – 2
    Available from Hoopla 

Tus Pies/Your Feet by Liza Raine 

  • Another great bilingual informational book that will help young readers learn about the different parts of the feet and all the ways they help us move.
    Grade Level: Preschool – 2
    Available from Hoopla 

Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 for Kids blog! We’ll see you next week for more fun Spanish lessons, great books and fun activities!   

¡Hasta La Vista!  

-Marnie