Early on in my teaching career, I discovered that this game that can be used to practice foreign language vocabulary. I used it with Spanish speaking ESL students to help them practice their English, and I used it with English speaking students who were studying Spanish. In both cases, it worked quite well.
If your children are learning Spanish, you may want to try this game out with them. It’s a good way for them to practice shapes and directional words vocabulary.
Below you’ll find a brief description of the rules for this game plus the vocabulary you can use for the Spanish version. If you need a little help with the pronunciation of the words, you may find this Spanish Pronunciation Guide useful.
Empecemos. (Let’s get started.)
The Draw My Picture Game – Spanish Version
Here’s a brief explanation of the rules:
Two players sit back to back with paper and pencil. One player acts as the Artist and draws a simple picture using basic shapes and lines. The other player, who is the Apprentice, cannot look at the picture. When he’s ready, the Artist gives oral instructions (in Spanish) to the Apprentice on how to draw his picture. The Apprentice does her best to follow the instructions. The Artist can’t look at the Apprentice while she works. When she is finished, the two players compare their drawings. Then the two switch parts and the Artist becomes the Apprentice and vice versa.
For more details on the game including an example, see The Draw My Picture Game post.
Here is the vocabulary that your children can use for the Spanish version of this game:
escribe – write
dibuja – draw
en el medio – in the middle
al lado de – beside
a la derecha (de) – to the right (of)
a la izquierda (de) – to the left (of)
entre – between
arriba – above
abajo – below
dentro (de) – inside (of)
fuera (de) – outside (of)
cerca (de) – near (to)
lejos (de) – far (from)
encima (de) – on top (of)
el fondo (de) – the bottom (of)
contra – against
la línea – line
la línea curva – curved line
el círculo – circle
el triángulo – triangle
el cuadrado – square
el óvalo – oval
la estrella – star
el rombo – diamond
el corazón – heart
Other Useful Words:
de – of
con – with
grande – big
pequeño(a) – small
de tamaño mediano – medium-sized
el papel – paper
el lápiz – pencil
Sometimes one of the players may not know how to say a particular word in Spanish. In that case, it’s okay to allow him to use the English word instead.
If you’re looking for other games and activities for learning Spanish, you may be interested in our Say Sí to Spanish learning packs. You’ll find posters, word puzzles, flashcards, card games, and more that will get your kids reading, writing, listening, and speaking Spanish in lots of fun ways!