Ew! Gross! That’s so funny! Kids absolutely adore unusual, gross, and novel things. The letter “Z” is one of those things, as are zombies. So, with darker, chillier fall days on the horizon, I thought, why not make a Spanish zombie preschool (or kindergarten) pack?! The free download at the bottom of the page is the result. I hope your kids or students get as much a kick out of it as mine did!
Reading this at another time of year? Not a fan of spooky things? I tried to make the activities generic, focusing on happy, positive clip-art and activities that will get your kids practicing their writing, cutting, and Spanish skills. In most learning situations, this pack can be used year-round.
- Discovering new Spanish vocabulary
- Acquiring new Spanish verbs and/or conjugations
- Acquiring, reviewing, and/or practicing definite and indefinite Spanish articles
- Introducing, practicing, and/or reviewing Spanish numbers 1-10, including through ten-frame visualization
- Developing and improving fine motor skills, including tracing, cutting, gluing, etc.
- Introducing, practicing, and/or reviewing la zeta or the Spanish letter Z
These zombie Spanish activities for preschool and kindergarten are designed to adjust to each student’s readiness. All directions are in Spanish, but you’ll find tons of context vocabulary and an English translation and verb section so that you can work through the pack even if you don’t speak Spanish at all!
If you are unsure of the pronunciation of any of the words, check out the free pronunciation videos on SpanishDict.com. For example, click on the little microphone icon here to hear two different Spanish pronunciations for el zombi. Looking for another word? Simply type the word into the search bar on that link, and you’ll usually find a pronunciation link and often a video.
- Introductory body vocabulary: boca(s), brazo(s), cabeza(s), cara(s), ceja(s), ojo(s), pierna(s), pie(s)
- Definite Spanish articles: el, los, la, las
- Indefinite Spanish articles: un, unos, una, unas
- Spanish numbers 1-10: uno, dos, tres, cuatro, cinco, seis, siete, ocho, nueve, diez
- Fine motor skills vocabulary and directions, such as: dibujar, cortar, trazar, tijeras, etc.
- Spanish colors: verde, rosa
- Spanish letter: letra z, la zeta
- Other Spanish vocabulary: el/la zombi
This zombie Spanish preschool pack comes in one of two sets: zombies and candy or zombies and brains. Some learners will be more interested in one or the other, and the candy pack may be more appropriate for some learners.
In both packs, you’ll find color and black-and-white pages. However, the color pages will also print in black-and-white. There are eight (8) clarifying / translation pages for anyone who wants to work with the pack but doesn’t speak Spanish. And, there are more than thirty (30) pages of activities broken into the following preschool and kindergarten categories.
Beyond learning to count in Spanish (1-10), this pack speeds kids’ number visualization skills through ten-frames. When students can visualize and repeat their learning, it “sticks” better, and that’s what ten frames are all about.
What is 7? It is both [5 + 2] AND [10 – 3]. Either way kids tackle the numbers, they are working with groups and subconsciously adding and subtracting while they memorize key vocabulary. Plus, working with manipulables helps kids improve their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination!
Fine Motor Skills Activities
In the Zombie Preschool and Kindergarten Spanish Pack, you’ll find lots of important skills practice, such as tracing, gluing, and more. Check out the adorable rompecabezas de números!
Introductory Spanish Body Vocabulary
What parts actually make up a zombie? Do they have the same parts as everyone else? These are life’s important questions (haha), and with this pack, kids learn beginning Spanish body vocabulary that will help them not only talk about zombies but also (and more importantly) themselves. The latter skill scaffolds well into future lessons like daily routines.
The Spanish Letter Z / La zeta
La zeta, or the letter Z in Spanish, can be a bit tricky because its pronunciation varies noticeably in different Spanish-speaking areas.
In Spain, la zeta often carries a “th” sound at the beginning; whereas, in most of Latin America, the letter Z begins with an “s” sound. Check out the contrast in these two videos from Spanishdict.com to hear the difference.
Ideas, Tips, and Tricks
Below we’ve outlined some ideas and tips for this free Spanish zombie preschool pack. If you have a great idea to share, we’d love to hear from you or to read your comments below.
English Translations and Explanations
Even if your Spanish is rusty or you’ve never spoken a word of Spanish, we have you covered! The last eight (8) pages of this download are dedicated to loosely translating and expanding each section. A special focus is on Spanish definite and indefinite articles, the verb hay, the verb comer, and conjugations of the infinitive querer.
To add an extra touch of fun to tracing or cutting activities, consider adhering one of the zombie game pieces to a pair of scissors or pen or pencil. Then, when your learner cuts or traces, the zombie will appear to run after the candy or brain, depending upon which download you choose.
Pacing and Reusing
You may find that this is a great pack to spread out over a few days or a week, as learners acquire and retain language better when they move through vocabulary and lessons several times in small increments.
To reuse the pages, consider dry-erase markers and lamination, inexpensive sheet protectors like the ones that go in binders, or clear contact paper. This works especially well for classrooms and multiple students. Just write, swipe, and switch (or store and save for another learner, class, etc.).
If the weather is good where you live and your learners are old and mature enough to safely do so, consider heading outside with some of the pages. For example, the letter Z pages work well with sticks or chalk for tracing, medium rocks for pre-writing “dot” practice, and so on. Take advantage of what you can find wherever you are while considering the age appropriateness of objects and each learner’s maturity in handling things like sticks, etc.
Body Parts Games
There are two body parts games. One game works from vocabulary to pictures, and the other game works from pictures to vocabulary. Or, worded another way, the picture dice are meant to match with the game board filled with words, and the word dice are meant to match with the game board of pictures.
The focus of each game is on Spanish articles, switching between singular and plural articles and nouns, and memorizing the very important exception of la mano, which learners often say incorrectly (i.e., not el mano). In learning environments, the word “hand” (la mano) is repeated often, hence its repetition.
Versión corta en español
A los niños y jóvenes les encantan los zombis. Este imprimible gratuito contiene más de 30 páginas de actividades para practicar habilidades importantes de nivel preescolar o kínder:
- Vocabulario del cuerpo
- Artículos determinados y artículos indeterminados
- Números 1-10
- Habilidades motoras finas (cortar, trazar, dibujar)
- Los siguientes colores: verde, rosa
- La zeta (letra Z)