Wednesday 30 January 2019

A - Z of Multisensory Language Learning for Kids: Letter E

As you may know, in this series, I'll be sharing some multisensory language learning ideas, which will help you to teach languages to your young children in a fun, engaging way. If you're not teaching languages however, most of these activities can be adapted to fit many themes in your own language too! I'm sorry there's been such a big delay in getting the letter E to you - life just seems so busy at the moment!

You can find quick links to our previous posts in this series, including other language learning blog posts on our Language Learning Adventure page. 

E is for...

Egg Boxes

Would you believe just how much learning you can get out of a humble egg box?! This cheap and cheerful resource will provide you with hours of fun! Little plastic tweezers are good for these activities, helping with fine motor skills and hand-eye co-ordination.

Ideas for using in language learning:

  • Learn colours - Use small items such as buttons or beads to represent the vocabulary you have been learning. Mix them all up on a tray and let the children sort them into matching colours, filling each little egg box section with a different colour.
    Say the colour names as you sort the buttons.
    Children can practise saying the colour each time they place an object in the box to help them learn the vocabulary. They'll be colour experts by the time the egg box is filled!
  • Learn numbers - Have a selection of little objects that children can pick up and count into the egg box. You could label the bottom of each section with a number to aid number recognition too. As they become more confident with the vocabulary and with counting, call out a number in the foreign language you are learning, to see if the children can put the item in the correct place.
  • Theme it - If you are learning about a particular topic, find small objects that represent it. For example, if you're learning about animals, use little plastic animals to represent the vocabulary. Ask the children to pick an animal and say its name in the foreign language, If they get it right, let them put it in the box. Can they get them all right in order to fill the box? 
There are so many ways you could use these wonderful little things in a multisensory way! What are your favourite ways to use them?


If you ask my daughter, this would be one of her favourite ways to learn...especially if there's cake involved! There are lots of ways to involve food in language learning - here's just a few yummy ideas to try!

Ideas for using in language learning:

  • Eat culturally - We are lucky these days that you can find food from just about every culture and ethnic origin in the local supermarkets and speciality delis. Why not have a day where you taste foods that come from the country of the language you are learning?
    Try foods from different countries. 
    You could even look up some traditional recipes to cook and try together. Intercultural understanding and an appreciation of our differences at a young age will always benefit children in today's multicultural society. 
  • Learn fruit and veg vocabulary - This one is pretty self explanatory really! If you're learning about healthy eating or just learning the names of fruit and vegetables, there's no better way than a hands on approach! How about placing them all on a tray and covering with a tea towel. Take an item away and ask the child to say the name of the missing food in the foreign language. 
  • Learn through stories - Stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Supertato and Kitchen Disco are great for introducing food. Even if you don't have copies of these stories in the foreign language you are learning, you can still use them as a stimulus for learning languages. And if you struggle getting your children to try new foods like me, then this is a fab way to try to introduce it!  
  • Messy play - A quick Pinterest search will bring up so many ideas for messy play where food is used. The messy play trays can be themed to suit whatever subject you are learning about. For example, learn winter vocabulary using marshmallows, chocolate drops/raisins, pretzel sticks and icing to make little edible snowmen.
    My youngest making marshmallow snowmen at messy play.
    Hide animals (plastic of course!) that live in cold places inside ice-cream, or pop them inside merengue nest boats and let them set sail on jelly ponds! Have fun playing with food, exploring all the different senses and learning a foreign language at the same time!

There are so many ways that food can be incorporated into your language learning adventure. What are your favourite ways to use food in learning?

Have you got any activities beginning with E which could be used to help learn languages? I'd love to know! Why not leave me a comment below? If you missed A, B, C or D you can find them here! And don't forget to check back soon for the next letter in the series - F!

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Finding joy in the little things: My youngest absolutely loves messy play activities, particularly ones involving food! She's a girl after my own heart obviously! I love watching her explore the new textures and tastes, and have fun whilst she's learning. Just a shame she's not so receptive when it comes to trying new foods for tea! Haha! 

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  1. These are exactly the types of things I used when I taught preschool. The very hungry caterpillar is one of my favorite books. And food play is awesome although it's difficult for some people to swallow. lol #KCACOLS

    1. It's such a classic book and so versatile as it can be used in so many ways! Thank you for popping by Sheila. :)

  2. These ideas are so wonderfully creative! I especially love the food learning, I've never thought of that before, also the egg boxes and the coloured buttons! So simple but really effective. #KCACOLS

    1. Thank you! My aim is to make learning fun using really simple, accessible ideas so I'm glad this hits the mark for you! :)

  3. Great ideas! I used egg boxes for so many things when I taught school. I would always ask the parents to bring in empty egg cartons. #KCACOLS

    1. They really are a handy thing to have for little learners! Thanks Lana. :)

  4. Great ideas, simple but effective! Thanks for linking up #twinklytuesday

  5. Very good ideas and this is such a help to anyone no matter how many children they are looking after or indeed have themselves. To find creative ways to help little ones learn is so good. Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next time.

  6. You already know I love this series, it's so very much my cup of tea! In this episode for the letter E, I especially like the Eating. Playing with food is great in so many ways, and is certainly higly multisensory! xx #KCACOLS

  7. Malin - Sensational Learning with Penguin15 February 2019 at 11:04

    PS. Can you see my comment that I just made, or are you still having that issue with not seeing Google comments? #KCACOLS

    1. I seem to be able to see them both?! Strange! But thank you for your comments as always! :)

  8. Food play is so much fun partly because we were taught it was wrong! But it is a great way to learn all manner of language and to be introduced to different kinds of food. This is a great post! #KCACOLS


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