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March 5th, 2013 at 5:01 am

Favorite board games for bilingual kids

I love board games. I remember that, as a child, I spent countless hours playing monopoly with my older sister. The older my kids get the happier I am about all the board games we’re going to be able to play. And since fun is a huge component of raising bilingual children, I’m even more happy. My son is still too little to be able to play most of the board games we own, but my first grade daughter loves them and asks to play them all the time.

So here’s a list of our favorite board games for bilingual kids:

1) Zingo — This is by far my kids number one board game. In essence, it’s just like playing Bingo but with a twist because the game comes with a little contraption that spits out two tiles at a time which kids have to call out out loud if they match the images on their card. It’s supposed to be for kids 4 and older, but my 3-year-old loves to play and he often wins!

2) Spanish Bananagrams — I recently introduced my 6-year-old daughter to this fun anagram game and she really likes it. In fact, I was surprised how much she liked the challenge of having to come up with words with the tiles she was given and how creative she is too. She thought it was great that it came with letters like ñ, ch and ll.

3) ¿Adivina Quién? — Truth is that you don’t have to get the Spanish version of the very popular board game know as Guess Who? in English. We have it, but only because a friend got it for us when we visited Mexico recently. It’s a great game to practice basic vocabulary words in Spanish while having fun.

4) La lotería — The Mexican version of bingo, this is a super popular game in that country and it’s one of my kids’ favorite too. Great way to learn new vocabulary words and practice old ones.

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s the co-author of her first book, based on her blog. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.

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