Have you ever heard the phrase “never let a learning opportunity go to waste?” That’s what I call every season change and holiday. Spirits lift. With spring, summer, and fall, in particular, it’s easier to get outside. Which means manipulables! Introducing the hen who laid the color eggs. She’s a normal chicken with an unusual skill–the ability to lay eggs in lots and lots of colors. You can choose between bilingual and Spanish-only color eggs (or English-only) as a free download below. Plus, be sure to check out ideas for using this unusual hen pack below.
How does a hen lay an egg in Spanish? Other than the obvious way, of course? With the Spanish infinitive PONER, which usually means to put or to place but with agriculture and animals usually means “to lay.” Here’s a close look at the conjugation:
|EL TIEMPO||LA GALLINA||LAS GALLINAS|
|El presente progresivo||está poniendo||están poniendo|
|El pretérito perfecto compuesto||ha puesto||han puesto|
How about in English? The infinitive is TO LAY, which is one of English’s trickiest irregular verbs. Below you’ll find example conjugations:
|Present Progressive||is laying||are laying|
|Future||will lay||will lay|
|Present Perfect||has laid||have laid|
And what is the hen laying? Eggs, of course. Let’s look at the vocabulary. In English, the hen lays the egg (singular) or the eggs (plural). In Spanish, la galleta pone el huevo (singular) o los huevos (plural). But watch out! ¡Ojo! These are commonly misspelled in both English and Spanish because of their pronunciations: juevo is incorrect, as is eg.
Here you’ll find a set of bilingual color eggs as flaschards and then “puzzle eggs” in both languages. And, the hen who lays these colorful eggs, of course. So, how did we pick which Spanish color vocabulary to include? We tried to include tons of variants. Prefer pardo to café? Púrpura to morado? We got you covered!
However, please note that because there are so many color variants, you’ll have to pick which Spanish pages to print for your needs. We know this way uses a bit more paper, but it saves a ton (like TON) of ink–trust us. To download the bilingual pack, click the image below.
You’ll find flashcard eggs for beginning learners, “puzzle eggs” for more advanced fun, and the hen who lays the color eggs. To download this free English printable pack, click the below picture.
We tried to include tons of color variants. Prefer naranja to anaranjado? Púrpura to morado? We got you covered! Please note that because there are so many variants, you’ll have to pick which Spanish pages to print for your needs. We know this way uses a bit more paper, but it saves a ton (like TON) of ink–trust us. Click the below picture to download the printable.
Ideas for Use
Below you’ll find some ideas for how to use this fun set of bilingual, Spanish, and English color eggs. If you think of another fantastic idea or just want to let us know what you thought, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below or here.
No matter which file you download (i.e., Bilingual, English, or Spanish), you can use the printable eggs as flashcards. This saves cutting time and also works extremely well with young and beginning learners. To make them last longer, use clear contact paper or even packing tape to “laminate” them.
These are self-correcting! That means the blue puzzle won’t fit the green puzzle and so on, making this a perfect pack for independent practice or for morning baskets and independent learning stations. Better yet, if you download the bilingual version, the “blue” and the “azul” puzzles WILL fit interchangeably. How cool is that? Note, however, that if you don’t have a lot of time for cutting, you can also cut along the straight lines and still use these as puzzles.
Kids love to hunt things. If the weather is nice where you are or if you have a room with lots of good hiding places, try a “colors egg hunt.” You can hide eggs by themselves or even break the eggs into pieces for speaking or writing practice.
“Level up” memorization practice by putting the vocabulary words that you want kids to learn inside plastic eggs. That way learners have to open them to check answers and are hopefully less likely to go too fast or “cheat.”
Both the small and large eggs fit perfectly inside most standard-sized egg cartons. Use a few to keep the small parts organized or for easy storage. Or, use a carton as a “stand” for the larger eggs.