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Give Me Some Direction

Lost and Found


In the online game, Lost and Found, children go on virtual scavenger hunts with Noah and Nell to collect items that Coco lost on her way to a pool party and a picnic. It’s a good thing that they have some friendly neighbors to help them with Spanish directional clues along the way! In this lesson, children will play Lost and Found and participate in hands-on activities to learn new Spanish vocabulary.




Papa Caliente (Hot Potato) Game

In this group activity you and your children (or your child and his/her friends) will play a game to review the Spanish directional words in the Lost and Found game.

Arrange the children in a circle. Introduce “la pelota” (the ball) like the one they saw in the Lost and Found game. Review the Spanish words for left (“a la izquierda”) and right (“a la derecha.”)

Then, play music (we suggest the Oh Noah! “I Can Swim” music video) and call out one of the directional phrases (“a la derecha” or “a la izquierda.”)

Children pass “la pelota” in the specified direction until you stop the music, like the traditional “Hot Potato” game.

The child holding “la pelota” when the music stops sits in the middle of the circle. Keep playing until one child is left!

Arriba, Abajo We Go!


Play this game in an open space with one or more child. Introduce a ball (una pelota) or balloon (un globo) like the ones seen in Lost and Found.

Review the Spanish words for “up” (arriba) and “down” (abajo).

Working together, try to keep the ball up in the air by tapping it. Whoever taps the ball should shout “arriba” each time they tap it and it bounces up.

Then, call out “abajo” and spread out and let the ball fall to the ground. Alternatively, when the ball accidentally falls, everyone says “abajo.”

Take It Further:

  • a-MAZE-ing Noah! Help Noah and Nell get to the pool with the maze handout. Your child can use the Spanish directional clues and key to move through the maze. For a fun outdoor activity, try to recreate the maze using cones! You and your child can guide each other through it, providing Spanish directional phrase clues. For an extra challenge, try wearing a blindfold!
  • Sing Your Directions! Replace the words to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” with “Arriba, abajo, a la derecha, a la izquierda” and have your child touch his/her head for “arriba,” touch the ground for “abajo,” point to the right for “a la derecha,” and point to the left for “a la izquierda.”
  • Directions Everywhere. Try using the Spanish words for up, down, to the right, and to the left when you’re out with your child. For instance, in the grocery store, instruct your children to turn the shopping cart “a la derecha” or “a la izquierda” and at the park suggest they climb “arriba” or slide “abajo” the equipment.
  • Body Compass. To help your child learn and remember Spanish directional words, make your own body compass! Take a photograph or have your child draw a picture of him/herself standing with arms stretched out to the right and left. Then label above the head “arriba,” below the feet “abajo,” next to the right hand “a la derecha,” and next to the left hand “a la izquierda.” For a fun outdoor activity, do the same thing but trace your child with sidewalk chalk!
  • Outdoor Language Learning. Have a picnic or take a trip to the pool with your child! Encourage your child to use the Spanish words for the items learned while playing the Lost and Found game.

Related Oh Noah Media:

Lost and Found game

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