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Celebrate Thanksgiving in Spanish! Quick Vocabulary for Kids

Celebrate Thanksgiving in Spanish! Quick Vocabulary for Kids

Just because a holiday is coming up doesn’t mean that learning another language takes a back burner. In fact, holidays making learning Spanish much better!

Whenever there is an emotional connection to something, people have a much easier time committing it to memory. Holidays are beautiful ways to solidify previously learned words and add some new vocabulary to your child’s repertoire. Here is how to celebrate Thanksgiving in Spanish with some quick vocabulary for kids.


Although some foods are generally only eaten around this time, like pumpkin pie (pastel de calabaza) or stuffing (el relleno), it is still a fantastic opportunity for kids to learn and practice them. Some words can come in handy throughout the year, such as potatoes (las papas), mashed potatoes (puré de papas), bread (el pan), cranberry (el arándano), corn (el maíz), casserole (la cazuela), cornbread (el pan de maíz), or being able to order a turkey (el pavo) sandwich. You and your child could also create a list of words to learn together and play a game to see how many times you can find a chance to say them out loud in context.

Colors and Natural Elements

Another way kids can celebrate Thanksgiving with Spanish vocabulary is by learning words relating to colors and seasonality. This is an excellent way to combine emotional learning with real-world application to help vocabulary stick around for the next season! You can choose from words like autumn (el otoño), November (Noviembre), Thursday (el Jueves), orchard (la huerta), leaves (las hojas), harvest (la cosecha), or any of the various warmer colors that are vibrant this time of the year.

Other Words and Phrases

Many verbs or phrases are highly applicable to Thanksgiving. Although we use them year-round, they get extra use around this time of the year. Use this holiday to review words like to cook (cocinar), bake (hornear), share (compartir), celebrate (celebrar), sail (navegar), stir (revolver), eat (comer), gobble (engullir), and serve (servir).

Some of these words may already be part of your homeschool Spanish curriculum. If so, it’s a wonderful way to get some real-world practice!

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