How do you spend La Merienda?

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When my girls get home from school the first thing we do is homework. I like to keep the momentum going and get it out of the way at the same time. The only thing about doing homework right away is the kids definitely need a pick-me-up. This is

la merienda

, that special snack time in the afternoon when you spend time together. Kindergarten and First grade homework doesn't take too long, so I like to sneak in a Spanish lesson when I can. How do I get my girls to do a little extra work? Well, fun size M&M's® Peanut for them and SNICKERS® for me sure do help.

While doing our back to school shopping at Walmart this bright yellow display caught my eye. What a great idea, I had to pick up a couple bags. Perfect for la merienda and a great teacher gift too.

I don't speak Spanish often enough, I understand a lot more Spanish than I speak and although my girls do pick up on some of it, they want to learn more. Spanish lessons are a great way for all of us to spend time together. For me, it helps me speak it more and it makes me feel good to teach them. This way they can feel more comfortable speaking to my abuela, their

bisabuela

or great grandmother. A lot of their friends at school speak Spanish and I get asked all the time "

How do you say ... in Spanish?."

 So Spanish lessons during la merienda is perfect. 

I used our fun size bags of M&M'®s as part of our Spanish lesson to help them learn their colors in Spanish. You can do this too! Go ahead and right click on the image below, save and print. If you notice, the colors below are the same colors you find in a

MARS Chocolate M&M'®s

Fun Size Variety bag, so have them practice saying and writing their colors in Spanish and reward them with the coordinating M&M'®s. 

After reviewing their colors and eating their M&M'®s, I had them practice writing some other Spanish vocabulary too. 

How do you all spend la merienda? If you are at Walmart picking up back to school supplies, pick up a bag of MARS Chocolates variety bags and make la merienda a little bit sweeter for everyone. Oh and don't forget to save and print my printable Spanish color worksheet above.