10 Easy Dia de los Muertos Crafts for Preschool Kids

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Inside: Ideas for arts and craft projects and classroom decorations that preschool children can make to celebrate Mexican Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos.

As a Mexican preschool teacher working in the UK, I find it very important to share my culture with our children because they are developing in a global society and we can all benefit from more exposure to different cultures and traditions than the ones we experience at home.

This will not only bring creativity to their ideas as they grow up but also can help to develop a sense of diverse community and tolerance that is much needed in our modern world.

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10 Easy Day of The Dead Crafts for Kids

I’ve put together this list of simple craft projects that young children can make to celebrate Mexican Día de Muertos this November (or end of October, if you want to pair it up with Halloween celebrations).

I hope you and your kids enjoy them!

1. Paper Plate Day of The Dead Sugar Skulls

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These adorable Día de Muertos Skulls come with a free printable template of the eyes for the sugar skull that you can easily cut and paste into a paper plate to then decorate with your favourite craft materials.

Find the printable and step by step tutorial by yours truly here in Box of Ideas.

2. Sugar Skull Black Glue Art Project

Sugar skull black glue art project by i Heart Crafty Things

If you haven’t used black glue with your children, what better time to do it than around Halloween or Day of the Dead celebrations? You can either buy it on Amazon or make your own following the tutorial over I Heart Crafty Things.

3. Neon Day of the Dead Mask

Neon Day of The Dead Mask By Arty Crafty Kids

These skulls use neon pens to get that “glowy” effect that I bet your craftiest kids will go nuts for. If you run out of ideas for a halloween costume you can always let the kids do your make-up with these pens. Cyber-Punk Preschool Teacher Costume? Anybody? …ok.

Check out the tutorial for this mask over Arty Crafty Kids.

4. Sugar Skulls Rocks Using Puffy Paint

Sugar Skulls Rocks Using Puffy Paint by Color Made Me Happy

 

These calorie-free sugar skulls look great indoors and outdoors. The fact that you decorate them using puffy paint makes them a complete sensory experience that continues after the paint is dry. Don’t you also get tiny bits of joy when you feel dry puffy paint with your fingers? Ooooh yeah.

See the tutorial over Color Made Happy.

 

You might also like this activity:

Stamped Ladybirds for Bugs and Nature Simple Stamping Art activity for Preschool Kids using Apples. #preschool #crafts #apples #stamped
Bugs and Nature Stamp Art

5. Paper Day of the Dead Luminaires

Make these luminaires to light up your ofrendas of Día de Muertos. They are so simple to make that you can quickly make enough luminaires for every ancester your children have had all the way back to the Flinstones Age.

Get the template over Red Ted Art.

6. Day of the Dead Paper Puppet

 

 

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🌺💀 Frida opened her eyes. The face she saw was not that of the woman she had seen every morning since she placed that mirror above her bed so many years ago. Instead she saw a pale skeleton staring back at her. -“Wait a second…” She thought -“AM I…PLAIN?”. She wasn’t having it. She jumped out of the mattres and felt a bunch of cempasuchil flower’s petals under her foot. It was probably Diego who scattered them there. Frida hopped with her only leg along the petals path and she arrived to her beloved art studio. The artist fiercely grabbed a paintbrush and started to work her magic on her new skeletal body. A moon later, Kahlo hopped back to her bed, looked at her reflection and said: -“Much better”. . 🌺💀 Paper Frida Kahlo made by teacher @rodrigomacias using the printable puppet template by @RedTedArt

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The best thing about this paper puppet is that each child can put it together as crazy as they want. The template includes print-ready accesories such as hair flowers and a sombrero to make unique calaveras.

Day of the Dead Paper Puppet Template by Red Ted Art

In the picture above you can see the skull puppet I made which is supposed to look like one of my favourite Mexican artists who happens to be dead. Can you guess who it is?

Grab the printable over Red Ted Art.

7. DIY Day of the Dead Bookmarks

DIY Day of the Dead Bookmarks by Red Ted Art

A good way to encourage children to read more is to let them make their own bookmars. Even if the book they are reading doesn’t belong to their household, seeing their own bookmarks in the books can give the kids a sense of ownership to keep reading.

Follow the tutorial to make these Day of the dead themed bookmarks over Red Ted Art.

8. Sugar Skull Craft – Painted Flower Pots

Sugar Skulls Painted Flower Pots by Color Made Happy

Day of the Dead-ify a bunch of tiny flower pots to decorate your Día de Muertos shrine. If you don’t want to use plants because children give you enough beings to keep alive, you can also put a small veladora or tea light.

See the step-by-step instructions at Color Made Happy.

9. Day of the Dead: Stone Skulls

Day of the Dead: Stone Skulls by Red Ted Art

If your kids can’t find smooth rocks lying around, you can get a bag from Amazon. Wait a minute… are there any preschool teachers with enough extra budget to buy ROCKS?

Check out the tutorial on Red Ted Art.

10. Glow in the Dark Pumpkins

Glow in the Dark Pumpkins by Color Made Happy

If you have a bilingual classroom, why not make a multicultural craft that involves Halloween AND Dia de Muertos in the same project? These skull-looking pumpkins are a great way to marry both holidays in the same craft.

See the step-by-step instructions at Color Made Happy.

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Modern DIY Father’s Day Card Idea that Suits All Kinds of Dads (even single moms)

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Because not all Dads look the same.

I’ve seen many ideas for Father’s Day cards that are based on the traditional father figure, but in my opinion, these kinds of old school fathers are not what all kids are seeing in their homes today.

I thought it could be nice for those kids to give them the option to make a gift that resembles more the father figure that they see every day in their lives. Whatever that is (or isn’t).

I was raised by both my Mom and my Dad, so I can’t imagine how awkward it is for, let’s say, kids of single Moms that never see their Dad, to be encouraged at school to make a card that says “I love you Daddy” and features some kind of “cartoony mustache” or a men’s shirt with a tie.

This idea was designed to suit all kinds of different father figures that exist nowadays. No matter how diverse!

Let’s celebrate an inclusive Father’s day! 🙂

 

(Video) Modern Father’s Day Card

Here’s a super-speed video of only a couple of examples of the many different combinations that could be done with this idea:

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How to Make the Card:

1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page (it comes in English and Spanish)

The PDF has “adult and baby” illustrations of these animals: Seahorse, Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish and Sheep.

2. Let the kids choose and cut out one Adult animal that for them feels more like their father figure, then let them choose and cut out two copies of the Kid animal that they feel could represent themselves.

* IMPORTANT * It doesn’t necessarily have to be the same kind of animal for the adult and the kid in the card. Adoptive parents and Dads that acquired parenthood by love and commitment are also legitimate father figures, even if they don’t physically look like their children.

3. Fold a sheet of paper in half and in the outside paste one copy of the baby animal. Then paste the adult animal and the other baby animal in the inside part of the card.

4. Add your own message or use the one included in the printable (available in Spanish and English).

Printable Preview:

Available in English and Spanish 🙂

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Idea twists:

Extra customization: Add to the drawing any extra features that will make the animal look even more like your father figure. Freckles? Earring? a Tattoo maybe? (if someone did this for me, I bet they would add rabbit teeth and thick eyebrows to the animal, haha!)

Pop-up effect: To easily make any part of the drawing pop-up when the card is opened, do the following:

  1. Cut a small rectangle out of paper (about 10cm x 3cm should be fine).
  2. Bend it back and forward in a zig-zag shape, like a little accordion.
  3. Tape or glue one end of the accordion to the card. Then fold it and on the other end paste the part of the drawing that you want to stand out. That’s it!

Finished Examples:

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1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

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Incomplete Animals – Coloring Pages for Arts and Crafts Game

Art supplies and cat from Complete The Animals Game - Fun idea for an Arts and Crafts game where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to complete the bodies of different animals. Free PDF has the base drawings for printable for the following animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep.

A fun Arts and Crafts game idea where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to finish the incomplete bodies of different animals.

Complete The Animals Game - Fun idea for an Arts and Crafts game where kids exercise their creativity and problem-solving skills by coming up with different ways to complete the bodies of different animals. Free PDF has the base drawings for printable for the following animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep.

 

(Video) Crafting Animals at High Speed

Here’s a video of my super-speedy hands making the examples for this game:

Instructions:

1. Download the Free Printable from the link at the bottom of this page (it comes in English and Spanish)

2. Complete each animal in a crafty way by playing with your creativity and any random materials that you find around.

Unleash your creativity!

Experiment with odd materials that don’t look like art supplies at all. That brings a richer experience for the player because it gives more satisfaction to them knowing they “discovered” a new way of using something. Who doesn’t love that feeling?

Printable Preview:

Incomplete illustrations of these animals: Lion, Bird, Cat, Turtle, Snake, Fish, Butterfly and Sheep. Available in English and Spanish 🙂

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Idea twists:

Recycling Mode: Play an eco-friendly version of this game by using mostly materials that would otherwise be thrown away (clean trash).

Animal Breeds: Print many copies of the same animal and craft them in different breeds.

Teaching Art Styles: Ask the kids to complete each animal using techniques related to different art movements like Impressionism, Minimalism, and my absolute favorite, Surrealism.

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Finished Examples:

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Note: This idea was created in collaboration with The Best Ideas For Kids blog (I love their Facebook Page and you might too!). You can see my post as a guest over there.

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1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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Colors and Creativity: A Preschool Game Idea to Practice Color Names in Any Language

Colors and Creativity: A Preschool Game Idea to Practice Color Names in Any Language - Free printables of colour names in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and a BLANK version to add more languages.

Inside: Preschool game where the children come up with ideas of round-shaped things that have a specific color. Includes free color names template in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish.

If you are teaching names of colors to kids (in any language) you should try this idea.

Your kids will use their creativity to come up with things that include a circle shape as a base and have a specific color.

Video:

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The colors included are: red, blue, green, yellow, pink, orange, purple, gray, black, brown and white.

To keep it multilingual, the PDF is available in English, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish as well as a BLANK version so you can add the names of the colors yourself in any other language(s).

Need more languages? Add them to the BLANK version.

 

2. Using the circle shape as a base, the kids should come up with a drawing of something that is mainly of the color named at the top of each page. This will help to exercise their creativity as well as their color identification skills.

 

3. Now it’s time to add color with crayons, paint, use it as a playdough mat, or do whatever the kids decide with whatever materials are available to them.

 

You might also like: Animal Numbers 1-10 Printable for Kindergarten (multilingual)

1-10 Animal Numbers

 

 

Idea twist:

  • Practice with many combinations of shapes and colors. Use a black marker to draw different non-circle shapes that the kids can use as a base for their designs. Can you think of something yellow and triangular that is not an Angry Bird? ?

 

A few examples:

Printable Preview

Here are a few samples of the printables that you get with your download (the images below have mixed languages for display purposes only, in your download all the printables are nicely organized by individual language):

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Download instructions:

1. Click above on the “Download Printable” button.

2. Click on “I want this!” (either leave the price as $0 to download for free, or support this project with a donation from your kind heart. Much appreciated!).

3. Enter your e-mail and get your files in your preferred language(s).

 

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1-10 Animal Numbers for Kids (Free Multilingual Numbers Printables Bundle: Individual Posters, Flashcards and Coloring Pages)

1 to 10 Printable numbers in different languages #numeracy #numbers #earlychildhoodeducation #kindergarten

Inside: Free small and large numbers 1-10 printable for kindergarten in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian and Portuguese. Also available for free as numbers 1-10 printable flashcards and 1-10 number cards printable coloring pages.

Use these numbers with cute animal faces to teach counting and numbers recognition to kids in any language.

Each design has an X amount of animal faces within the number that matches the value of each number (i.e. Number three has three little pigs ?) so your kids can count them.

The Animal Numbers Bundle includes 3 PDF files:

  • 1 to 10 Numbers Individual Posters
  • 1 to 10 Numbers Flashcards
  • 1 to 10 Numbers Coloring Pages

And, since I love everything multilingual the bundle is available in 6 different languages, as well as a Blank version (so you can add the numbers yourself in any other language):

  • English
  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Portuguese
  • Italian
Animal Numbers 1-10

Bilingual kids tips

  • Make a bilingual numbers memory game (a normal sized one using the flashcards or a GIANT one using the posters).
  • Make dual-language numbers flashcards by pasting the cards back-to-back in your chosen languages.

You might like: Colors + Creativity Game: Practice Color Names in Any Language

Colors and Creativity: A Preschool Game Idea to Practice Color Names in Any Language - Free printables of colour names in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese and a BLANK version to add more languages.
Idea to Practice Color Names using Creativity

 

DIY Addition Machine – A fun way to learn addition

A nice teacher from Mexico sent me this video where he used the Animal Numbers to make an “addition Machine” (Máquina de sumar, in Spanish).

He used two painted toilet rolls and taped them to a shoe box.

Above each of the toilet rolls he placed one of the free number flash-cards to indicate how many pom-pons the student should introduce. Then the child only needs to count the total number of pom-pons in the box to know the answer.

Another teacher from a Facebook group commented that the machine could be improved by placing a “+” symbol between the flash-cards.


If you make anything with this free numbers printable, please consider sending me your video to be featured in my Facebook Page so other teachers can get inspired by your idea.

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Here are a few samples of the printables that you get with your download (the images below have mixed languages for showing purposes only, in your download all the printables are nicely organized by individual language):

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Fun Games to Teach Numbers to Kids

Below is a compilation of number activities explaining how to teach numbers to preschoolers / homeschoolers.

Links about how to teach numbers to kids in their mother tongue:

Ways to Teach Counting – By Prekinders

Smack the Number Counting Game – By Mom Inspired Life

Teeth Number Games for Preschool – By Totschooling

Fun with Numbers and Fruit Loops – By Homeschooling Mom 4 Two

Magic Colored Beans Sorting Activity – By The Imagination Tree

 

Links about how to teach numbers to kids in a different language:

Numbers and Counting ESL Games for Kids – By ESL Kid Stuff

4 Counting Games to Teach Spanish Numbers in 1, 2, 3 – By FluentU Spanish Educator Blog

5 German Number Games to Make Your Lesson Count – By FluentU German Educator Blog

5 Fun Italian Games for Learning Numbers – By TakeLessons

 

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Multilingual Alphabet Illustrations for Bilingual and Trilingual Children (with Uppercase and Lowercase Letters)

Multilingual Alphabet Poster for bilingual kids with illustrations of things that start with the same letter in five languages: English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese. By kids activities designer Rodrigo Macias

  Help your bilingual kid’s brain learn their ABCs without confusion.

Have you been in a similar situation?

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Help your kid (and yourself) with a Multilingual Alphabet

This ABC Poster comes with 26 kid-attractive illustrations of things that start with the same letter in these five languages:

English, Spanish, French, Italian* and Portuguese.

Romanian, German, Swedish and Catalan have also been mentioned as suitable languages for this alphabet by the multilingual parents community (though I can’t corroborate that 100%).

* Italian language notice: Certain letters are included that do not appear in the original / traditional / “purist” alphabet (J,K,W, X and Y). This is because with globalization and the importation of foreign words these words are now used by Italians. For example, ‘Jazz’ or ‘Kiwi’.

White and Colored versions:

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White version
Colored version

Frequently Asked Questions:

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What's included?

 

You can choose one of the following packets:

Layout comparison between USA and International Paper sizes for the Multilingual Alphabet by Rodrigo Macias

USA Paper Sizes Packet

Includes a ZIP file with:

  • (6 High-Resolution PDFs) Both versions –white and colored– of the Multilingual Alphabet in the following sizes:
    • USA Tabloid / Poster size ( 11 x 17 in )
    • USA Letter size (8.5 x 11 in)
    • USA Postcard size (4 x 6 in)
  • (1 PNG) An illustrated list of words with translations in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

International Paper Sizes Packet

Includes a ZIP file with:

  • (6 High-Resolution PDFs) Both versions –white and colored– of the Multilingual Alphabet in the following sizes:
    • International A3 size (29.7 x 42 cm)
    • International A4 size (21 x 29.7 cm)
    • International A6 size (10.5 x 14.8 cm)
  • (1 PNG) An illustrated list of words with translations in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.

 

Can I see the list of words?

 

Yes, of course! Click here to see the words chosen for this alphabet in all five languages.

 

Is there a money-back guarantee?
Yes! I trust you and your kids will like my work, but if for any reason you are not satisfied with your purchase I’m happy to refund 100% of what you paid, just tell me what went wrong.

 

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A closer look at the illustrations.

 

Read before buying:

  • This is a digital product and there are currently no already-printed copies for sale.
  • Special letters like Ñ, Ç, l·l, ß, etc. are not included in this alphabet to keep it as compatible as possible with the different languages.
  • If you are interested in re-selling this alphabet through your website or social media (50% commission), don’t be shy and contact me ?.

 

Safe Payments:

All transactions are secured by Gumroad. You have nothing to worry about 🙂

Paypal, MasterCard, Visa and most forms of payments are accepted. Read here for more info.

 

Download instructions:

1. Click below on the “Buy” button for your preferred Paper Size Packet (please read the FAQ section above to know what is included in each packet).

2. Click on “I want this!”

3. Enter your e-mail and payment info.

4. Check your e-mail and download your files ?.


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Kids DIY Christmas Card Idea: Coloring, Cut and Paste (Free Multilingual Printable)

A simple and creative idea for a DIY chrismas card made by your kids. Includes free multilingual template :)

A simple and creative idea for a DIY Christmas card made by your kids. Grandparents will flip out if they get this.

Video Tutorial:

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Instructions:

1. Download the PDF by clicking the Download link at the bottom of this page. Then print it 🙂

2. Select the elements that you want to include in your card’s design. For the “Merry Xmas” banners, since they come in these 69 different languages, please print only the page with the language(s) that you need or the ghost of a Xmas tree will hunt you down from tonight until new year’s eve.

* DISCLAIMER * The greetings listed in the multilingual Christmas banners correspond to translations made by regular parents (not all professional lingüists) who presumibly speak / know the language, nevertheless we can’t garantee that the spelling of each word or translation is official and legit.

 

Making a DIY Christmas card for kids using a templateLayed out pieces of a coloring template for a DIY Christmas card

3. Color your selections with markers, color pencils, watercolours, or whatever you like.

* Optional: Color the background of your Christmas scene on the piece of paper where you want to paste your design.

4. Cut out your illustrations and paste them on a piece of cardstock (or any paper, really). An adult’s help might be useful for this step.

5. Your personalized design is done! Now write something nice for the person that will receive the card.

 

You might also like this activity: Complete the Animals with Crafts

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Idea twists:

You can also draw more elements on your card to make it even more personalized! Purple flames in the fireplace? It’s Christmas, anything goes! 😀

Finished cards samples:

Finished examples of a DIY Christmas card project for kids

Here’s another Christmas ideas for Preschoolers:

#Christmas DIY Elf on the Shelf toilet tube #craft for teachers of #preschool kids

DIY Christmas Elf on the shelf for Preschool kids.

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How to say “Merry Xmas” in more than 60 different languages from around the world

How to say Merry Xmas or the equivalent Christmas greetings in many different languages from around the world.

 

I asked a bunch of parents of multilingual kids how to say “Merry Xmas” or the equivalent Christmas greetings in their language so I could include a banner for this Christmas card craft. With the everyone’s amazing contributions we gathered the translation for 60+ languages, as listed below.

* DISCLAIMER * The phrases below correspond to the translations made by regular parents (not all professional lingüists) who presumibly speak / know the language, nevertheless we can’t garantee that the spelling of each word or translation is official and legit.

Good for: Christmas projects for kids.

Bad for: Writing a letter to your head of state.

60+ ways to say Merry Christmas in a list sorted alphabetically by language:

 

* If you want to add any other translation, feel free to write me.

* Option 1 / Option 2 .

 

Afrikaans Geseënde Kersfees
Albanian Gezuar pashket
Arabic ميلاد مجيد/ عيد ميلاد مجيد
Azeri Yeni Ilin Mubarek

 

Bahasa Indonesia Selamat Hari Natal
Basque Eguberri on / Gabon Zoriontsuak
Bisaya language Malipayong pasko
Bosnian Sretan Bozic
Breton Nedeleg Laouen
Bulgarian Весела Коледа

 

Cantonese 聖誕快樂 / Sheng Dan Kuai Le
Catalan Bon Nadal
Chinese, China (Simplified) 圣诞节快乐
Chinese, Taiwan (Traditional) 耶誕節快樂
Croatian Sretan Bozic
Czech Veselé Vianoce

 

Danish God Jul / Glædelig Jul
Dutch Fijne Kerstdagen / Zalig Kerstfeest

 

English Merry Christmas
Estonian Häid jõule

 

Filipino Maligayang Pasko
Finnish Hyvää Joulua
French Joyeux Noël

 

Gaelic Nollaig Chridheil
German Frohe Weihnachten / Fröhliche Weihnachten
Greek Καλά Χριστούγεννα / Χαρούμενα Χριστούγεννα
Gujarati Natal ni subh kamnao

 

Hebrew חג המולד שמח
Hindi क्रिसमस की बधाई
Hungarian Boldog Karácsonyt
/ Kellemes Karácsonyi Ünnepeket

 

Icelandic Gleðileg jól
Irish Nollaig shona dhuit
Italian Buon Natale

 

Japanese メリークリスマス

 

Korean 메리 크리스마스

 

Latvian Priecīgus Ziemassvētkus
Lithuanian Su šventom Kalėdom / Linksmų Šv. Kalėdų
Luxembourgish Schéi Chrëschtdeeg

 

Macedonian Sreken Bozik
Malay language (Malaysia) Selamat Hari Natal
Maltese Il-Milied it-tajjeb
Mandarin 圣诞快乐 / sheng dan just le
Marathi

Mongolian

Shubh Nataal / नाताळच्या शुभेच्छा

Зул сарын мэнд

Norwegian God jul
 

 

Papiamento Bon Pasku
Persian کریسمس مبارک
Philipines dialect Malipayon Nga Paskwa
Polish Wesołych Świąt / Wesołych Świąt Bożego Narodzenia
Portuguese Feliz Natal / Bom Natal

 

Quechua Allinlla Raymi

 

Romanian Craciun Fericit
Russian С Рождеством / Счастливого Рождества

 

Sámi language

Scottish Gaelic

BUORI JUOVLLAT

Nollaig Chridheil

Serbian Срећан Божић / Sretan Bozic
Setswana (South Africa) Monate a Keresemose
Slovak Veselé Vianoce
Slovenian Vesel Božič
Spanish Feliz Navidad
Swahili Krisimasi njema / Kheri ya krismasi
Swedish God Jul
Swiss dialect Frölichi Wiehnachte

 

Tagalog Maligayang Pasko
Tahitian Ia oaoa i teie noera
Turkish Mutlu Noeller / Yeni yılınız kutlu olsun
 

 

Ukranian Веселих свят / З Різдвом Христовим
Urdu ﺑﮍﺍ ﺩﻥ مبارک
Uzbek Yangi yilingiz bilan

 

Vietnam Chúc Mừng Giáng Sinh / Chúc Giáng Sinh Vui Vẻ
Welsh Nadolig Llawen

 

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List of words that begin with the same letter in different languages (English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian)

List of words that start with the same letter in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Italian by Kids Activities Designer Rodrigo Macias

 

This Multilingual Alphabet uses the list of words below starting with the same letter in these five languages:

  • English
  • Español
  • Français
  • Português
  • ItalianoNote: As a very nice user from Italy pointed out (grazie Maeve!): Certain letters are included that do not appear in the original / traditional / “purist” alphabet (J,K,W, X and Y). This is because with globalization and the importation of foreign words these words are now used by Italians. For example, ‘Jazz’ or ‘Kiwi’.
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List of words:

ENGLISH / ESPAÑOL / FRANÇAIS / PORTUGUÊS / ITALIANO

A

Animals / Animales / Animaux / Animais / Animali

B

Baby / Bebé / Bébé / Bebê / Bambino (suggested by Tatiana from USA)

C

Crocodile / Cocodrilo / Crocodile / Crocodilo / Coccodrillo

D

Dragon /Dragón / Dragon / Dragão / Drago

E

Elephant / Elefante / Éléphant / Elefante / Elefante

F

Flower / Flor / Fleur / Flor / Fiore (suggested by Mariangela from Italy)

G

Gorilla / Gorila / Gorille / Gorila / Gorilla (suggested by Christy from USA)

H

Hotel / Hotel / Hôtel / Hotel / Hotel

I

Iguana / Iguana / Iguane / Iguana / Iguana

J

Jazz / Jazz / Jazz / Jazz / Jazz

K

Kiwi / Kiwi / Kiwi / Kiwi / Kiwi (suggested by Mariangela from Italy)

L

Lion / León / Lion / Leão / Leone (suggested by Mariangela from Italy)

M

Music / Música / Musique / Música / Musica (suggested by Anna from Russia)

N

Nose / Nariz / Nez / Nariz / Naso (suggested by Mariangela from Italy)

O

Opera / Ópera / Opéra / Ópera / Opera

P

Pear / Pera / Poire / Pera / Pera

Q

Quesadilla / Quesadilla / Quesadilla / Quesadilla / Quesadilla

R

Rhinoceros / Rinoceronte / Rhinocéros / Rinoceronte / Rinoceronte (suggested by Christy from USA)

S

Salt / Sal / Sel / Sal / Sale

T

Tyrannosaurus Rex / Tiranosaurio Rex / Tyrannosaure Rex / Tiranossauro Rex / Tirannosauro Rex

U

Universe / Universo / Univers / Universo / Universo

V

Viking / Vikingo / Viking / Viking / Vichingo

W

Wifi / Wifi / Wifi / Wifi / Wifi (suggested by Nalleli from Mexico)

X

Xylophone /Xilófono / Xylophone / Xilofone / Xilofono

Y

Yogurt / Yogur / Yaourt / Yogurt / Yogurt

Z

Zig-zag / Zigzag / Zigzag / Ziguezague / Zigzag

 

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Pokémon Classroom Game for Teaching English Simple Present to Kids (ESL Speaking Game Idea)

Pokémon Classroom Game for Teaching English Simple Present to Kids (ESL Game Idea) by Kids Activities Designer Rodrigo Macias

 

In this ESL speaking game, the kids become Pokémon trainers and “battle” against each other using their English grammar and speaking skills to form sentences in the simple present tense in order to guess which is the opponent’s Pokémon.

  • The goal of this game is to practice the affirmative, interrogative and negative forms of the Simple Present in the English language.
  • The game can be adapted to teach other English tenses (as the English teacher that requested this activity nicely pointed out!).
  • To be able to play, the kids should already know how to form these type of sentences.

* If you are teaching only 1 kid, there is a single student version of the game at the bottom of this page in the “Idea twists” section.

Set up:

1. Print on cardstock and cut out these fancy Pokémon Go inspired cards. Or don’t print my designs (… 🙁 ) and just use any paper you already have and cut out squares or rectangles to use as cards.

Pokemon Go Cards Design Layout - Free Printable by Kids Activities Designer Rodrigo Macias
Pokémon Go Cards Design

I would recommend at least 3 cards per player, but really it can be whatever amount of cards you want. Just keep in mind that some kids might lose all their Pokémon very quickly and it is not a good idea to have them waiting around.

2. Also, print out or display with your fancy school projector any Pokémon Guide that has good sized names and pictures, in case someone needs it for reference (because not everyone is a poké-nerd!).

Either use this big-sized Pokémon Guide with names and pictures or look online for a different one that includes the first 150 Pokémon (since that’s what’s being used in Pokémon Go and it is also what you and the students might be more familiar with).

3. Hand out to each kid the number of cards that you decided.

4. Then, depending on how long you want this activity to last, you can either:Pokémon Classroom Game for Teaching English Simple Present to Kids (ESL Game Idea) by Kids Activities Designer Rodrigo Macias

  • A. (FASTER) Ask the kids to choose and write the name of 3 Pokémon for their battle team (no picture, just text).
  • B. (LONGER) Ask the kids to draw a picture and write the name of the 3 pokémon they want in their battle team. If you are doing this for a group and you want the kids to keep their own designs at the end of the game, avoid future real-life battles between students by asking them to also sign their own name on their cards.

It’s time to play!

Round 1: Affirmatives Battles

1. Both players face each other and place 1 of their Pokémon cards facing down in front of them.

2. Play one quick round of “Rock, Paper, Scissors”.

3. The loser of the opening RPS match starts. The players should describe one true characteristic of the Pokémon they’ve chosen for this battle in an affirmative sentence using the simple present. Once per turn.

Examples of affirmative sentences:

  • My Pokémon shoots fire.
  • My Pokémon gives electric shocks.
  • My Pokémon runs very fast.

4. Keep taking turns until someone feels brave enough to guess the opponent’s Pokemon. 

To get your opponent’s Pokémon card, use your turn to ask the question “Is your Pokémon XXXX?” in this moment the opponent flips their card and, if your guess was right, you win the other’s Pokémon card, if you were wrong, you have to give away the Pokémon card that you chose for this battle.

The battle is over!

After a pair finishes their battle, look for other trainers (classmates) to battle around the classroom, until you call the end of this round because you are that powerful :).

Round 2: Interrogatives Battles

Every step is the same as the previous Round except for number 3:

3. The winner of the opening RPS match starts. The player makes a Yes or No question (using the interrogative form of the simple present tense) to their opponent, trying to get answers that help them guess who is their opponent’s Pokémon for this battle. These answers should also be answered using the simple present tense.

Examples of interrogative sentences and their answers:

  • “Does your Pokémon have three heads?” / “No, my Pokémon doesn’t have three heads”
  • “Does your Pokémon look like a fish?” / “Yes, my Pokémon looks like a fish”.
  • “Does your Pokémon live in the water?” / “Yes, my Pokémon lives in the water”.

Round 3: Negatives Battles

This is the hardest round (?).

Again, every step is the same as the previous rounds except for number 3:

3. The winner of the opening RPS match starts. The players should describe one false characteristic of the Pokémon they’ve chosen for this battle in a negative sentence using the simple present.

Examples of negative sentences:

  • “My Pokémon does not have wings”.
  • “My Pokémon is not the Electric type”.
  • “My Pokémon does not have horns”.

 

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Bilingual Vowels names in English for Spanish Speakers (kids) by Rodrigo Macias

Pokémon Masters

You can give the kids that ended with the most Pokémon cards after the 3 rounds (AKA the winners) some Pokémon-themed prizes.

FYI I made a printable with 8 handmade Pokémon Gym badges, in case you want to use those as prizes.

Original Pokémon Gym Badges – Handmade with Dough - Free Printable by Kids activities designer Rodrigo Macias
POKEMON GYM BADGES

Idea twists:

  • If you have only 1 player (let’s say, you do homeschooling or something cool like that), instead of battling an opponent’s Pokémon, you can play as if your kid “catches” the Pokémon from the wild. Meaning that you will be the person doing all the battles for those wild pokémon that you previously spread facing-down around the room/yard/secret lab, etc. To catch the Pokémon, the kid needs to battle you the same way as explained above, but you don’t need to guess their Pokémon.
  • This idea can be used with other characters besides Pokémon. Using whatever your kid or students like will make it easier for them to remember and make it more enjoyable to learn. I imagine it would work great with Nintendo characters or any other movie / cartoon characters such as Star Wars or Adventure Time.

Go over the top:

During the activity, play this compilation of Pokemon Battle songs in the background (it’s not too annoying!).

* Special thanks to the British Council’s Teaching English page for sharing this idea! *

Planning to do this activity?

If you do this with your kids, I’d LOVE to see pictures of your finished projects posted on the Facebook wall of Box of Ideas.

Gracias!

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