Focus on Language
Talk with children about the words in this story that are Spanish in origin.
- What words in this story do you think come from the Spanish language?
- How do you say Happy Birthday in Spanish?
- What do you think is the meaning of the word amigos?
List the Spanish words on the chalkboard. If your class includes Spanish-speaking children, have them add words to the list and explain their meanings.
ACTIVITY: MAKE PIÃATAS
Tell children that they will be making piÃ±atas like the one Frankie had at his birthday. Have children fill paper bags with treats, such as popcorn and raisins. When the bags are full, show children how to close the tops with yarn or tape. Encourage them to use paints, construction paper, and other materials to make the bags look like animals.