Cinco de Mayo Preschool Games
Hot and Cold
Remember the hot and cold game? You hide an object when a student is out of the room. Then, when the child returns, the others give him/her clues as to where the item is by saying, “Hot, HOT, HOT!" as the child gets closer to the hidden object and “cold, COLD, COLD!" when he/she is farther away from the object. This is the same game except you play it in Spanish: Calor (Cah-lore) is hot and fria (free-ah) is cold!
Positive affirmations for the winner: Bueno (boo-ay-no) Bien (bee-en).
Find That Color
Practice color words using a second language. If you have color words displayed somewhere in your classroom, add the Spanish word beneath it. Work on just a few at a time and interchange the words while you are discussing the color of something. “The apple is rojo." or “The apple is red." Then play a game: Say a color and ask the children to scurry around the room and find something that is the color that you said. They should stand by the item and point to it or hold it up. You may call out the color, “Azul." The children may find paper, a book, shoes, a flower or whatever item is blue. Then call out another color.
- azul (ah-zuel)
- rojo (row-hoe)
- blanco (blonc-oh)
- amarillo (ah-mah-REE-yo)
- verde (vair-day *the v may sound like a soft b)
Pass the Pepper
Use a plastic pepper that you can buy in a craft store. Arrange students on the floor in a circle. One player goes somewhere else in the room or just outside the door to hide his/her eyes. Pass the pepper quickly (It’s HOT!) around the circle until you say stop. The student holding the pepper hides it in his/her hands or under a leg. The “it" student gets three guesses to figure out who has the pepper.
Snatch the Sombrero
You will need a small sombrero (hat) for this game. Play this game in a large area, such as the playground, a grassy area or the gym. Divide the class into two lines far apart but facing each other. Verbally give each student on one side numbers in Spanish. Give each student on the other side the same numbers. Put the sombrero in the center between the two lines of students. Call out a number in Spanish. Whichever student (there should be one student from each team) has that number, they should run and grab the hat and return to the team before being tagged. If your students have trouble remembering their numbers, hand them each a card with his/her number on it. Say the number in Spanish and then in English if necessary.