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Spanish nursery rhymes: Learning basic numbers and sequence

Counting with those tiny little fingers can be one way to educate children about numbers. But, when numbers and nursery rhymes are combined, they make counting a different experience for children.

When learning Spanish numbers and sequence, children can have fun reciting classic nursery rhymes. Whether counting forwards or backwards, it is a great way to teach children the basics of number order.

How can children learn numbers in Spanish in a fun way?

Children playing

Interaction with different materials, textures, and animals can all help children to understand the basis of counting numbers. Children can begin to recognize basic numbers 1 through 5 by using different print patterns or materials with various textures.

But learning to count, whether it is sticks or coins, animals also make great counters. In these classic nursery rhymes, frogs, ducks and elephants make wonderful visuals for children to learn to count in Spanish and English.

These learning activities also present a great way to introduce sequential order, if this has not been covered yet. When children learn to move in a story from one part to another, they can grasp basics of reading comprehension. It allows them to comprehend the story with more than just knowing the words. It provides a sense of narration and understanding that they may not have understood before.

Learning Activity #1:

Using the Five little speckled frogs” nursery rhyme, here is a fun way to teach numbers and sequential order.

  • Print out the Frog sheet.
  • Cut out each pattern.
  • Trace the frog onto construction or tag paper (any heavy duty paper works).
  • Option #1:
  • Trace these patterns onto flannel material.
  • Use them on flannel board or as finger puppets.
  • Option #2:
  • Trace the frog and other patterns onto different materials of various textures such as corduroy, canvas, suede, leather or other fun prints.
  • Paste a small piece of flannel on the back of each pattern.
  • Use them on flannel board.
  • Recite the nursery rhyme.

Learning Activity #2:

In “Los Cinco Patitos” (you can also apply frogs) nursery rhyme:

Five little ducks (frogs) went out one day,

Over the hills and far away.

Mama duck (frog) said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack” (Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit)

But only four little ducks (frogs) came waddling back.

Repeat for four, three, two, and one little duck (frogs).

No little ducks (frogs) went out one day,

Over the hills and far away.

Mama duck (frog)  said, “Quack, quack, quack, quack.” (Ribbit, ribbit, ribbit)

And all five little ducks (frogs) came waddling back.

Cinco patitos fueron un día,

Sobre las colminas muy lejanas.

Mamá pata les dijo: “Quack, quack, quack, quack”

Pero sólo habían cuatro patitos que volvieron.

Repetir con cuatro, tres, dos, y un patito.

In the same way as learning the “Five little speckled frogs”, children can also learn the numbers and sequential order by learning the “Five little ducks”. With this story, they also learn counting backwards.

  • Using the patterns, simply print them out.
  • Trace the mama duck and five little ducklings on heavy-duty paper.
  • Trace the patterns onto flannel material.
  • Use them for a flannel board.
  • Recite the nursery rhyme.

In this learning activity, it would be a good idea for each child to recite the words or have them guess the number that is next in sequence. Also, practice these numbers in English and Spanish.

Learning Activity #3:

“One elephant”

One elephant was balancing

On a spider web

When it saw that it was wobbly

They went to call another elephant.

Repeat for two, three, four, and five elephants.

Un elefante

Un elefante se balanceaba

Sobre la tela de una araña

Cuando veía que resistia

Fueron a llamar a otro elefante

Dos elefantes se balanceaba

Sobre la tela de una araña

Cuando veían que resistia

Fueron a llamar a otro elefante

Tres elefante se balanceaba

Sobre la tela de una araña

Cuando veían que resistia

Fueron a llamar a otro elefante

Cuatro elefante se balanceaba

Sobre la tela de una araña

Cuando veían que resistia

Fueron a llamar a otro elefante

Cinco elefante se balanceaba

Sobre la tela de una araña

Cuando veían que resistia

Fueron a llamar a otro elefante

  • To apply the “Un Elefante” rhyme, simply print out the patterns.
  • Trace five elephants on heavy-duty paper.
  • Trace the elephant pattern on flannel material.
  • Trace the spider web on white flannel material.
  • Make web marking with black marker.
  • Option #2: use cotton as the spider web.

 

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

22 Comments

  1. Marisa on at

    Hola,

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    Un saludo.



    • Barbara Mascareno on at

      Gracias por la sugerencia, espero ver que tan educativo es tu sitio.



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