In this post: Take your lessons outdoors or in the garden and teach your kids all about the life cycle of a plant in Spanish. 

Spring is here. ¡Finalmente! We bet that you’re just as excited as the kids to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air.

A great way to do that as a family while encouraging learning is gardening. This activity will keep your kids engaged, help them practice their fine motor skills and present yet another opportunity to expand their Spanish vocabulary.

Spanish Plant life cycle worksheets

Reading a cake recipe and understanding the instructions compared to actually baking a cake are two varying experiences each requiring a unique set of skills.

Similarly, though explanations and clear instructions go a long way in language learning, there’s nothing like getting hands-on experience and doing it yourself. 

With our printable pack and the right gardening tools, your kids will be outdoors and expanding their knowledge while having fun. 

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Spanish Plant Life Cycle Printable Pack

If we had to describe our Spanish plant printable pack in one word we’d say it’s interactive. These worksheets will take you and your kids on an exciting journey to learn about gardening and the life cycle of a plant. 

Plant lifecycle printable pack Spanish

It includes a number of pictures that can be used for a scavenger hunt outdoors as well as hands-on activities such as tracing, counting and matching. You’d also benefit from native speaker audio to help with pronunciation. 

There’s even instructions for a plant lifecycle experiment that allows them to grow their own plant at home. They will see the lifecycle in action while also exercising the responsibility it takes to care for a plant. 

Click here to grab this worksheet pack in our Printable Shop and get started. 

Plant Life Cycle in Spanish

The life cycle of a plant ‘el ciclo de vida de una planta’ can be broken into four main stages. Use diagrams or create an activity where they can draw their own so they can clearly see the differences among the four stages as the plant grows.

Stage 1 – semilla (seed)

The seeds are buried in the ground and watered. 

Stage 2 – raíces (roots)

The seeds will shoot out roots that continue to develop.

Stage 3 – brote (sprout)

Once the roots are firmly in the ground, further growth takes place leading to a small plant called a sprout

Stage 4 – flor (flower) 

As the plant continues to receive the necessary sunlight and water, it will eventually grow to reach the adult stage where it is considered mature and flowers develop. 

Gardening Vocabulary in Spanish

Once they’ve got those stages down, move on to other essential phrases that you’re likely to use. Though the excitement of gardening may mean that they’re not as focused on Spanish, try your best to incorporate new vocabulary as much as possible throughout the process.

The good part is that gardening and caring for plants is an ongoing process that presents many chances for continued learning. 

You can also use the opportunity to reinforce earlier lessons on colors and skills such as counting in Spanish. For example, ask about the colors of the flowers they see or tell them to count the number of seeds. There’s always a way to make learning meaningful yet fun. 

Useful phrases

English  Spanish
Let’s plant the seeds Plantemos las semillas
Let’s water the seeds Reguemos las semillas
I need more water please Necesito más agua por favor 
What is the name of this plant? ¿Cuál es el nombre de esta planta?
This plant is called _____ Esta planta se llama _____
This plant is big/small Esta planta es grande/pequeña
This plant is beautiful  Esta planta es hermosa

Tools and items around the garden

English  Spanish
Shovel  Pala 
Watering can  Regadera 
Soil  Tierra 
Gloves  Guantes 
Hose  Manguera 

Spanish Books about Gardening

In addition to the experiments and hands-on activities, find time to enjoy reading which helps to expand vocabulary and improve pronunciation. Here are some Spanish books about gardening that you can enjoy:

  1. Maravillas Naturales by Ben Hoare

Take a deep dive into the many wonderful things in nature including animals, plants, rocks, minerals, and microscopic life. Enjoy interesting facts and close-up images all in one book. 

  1. De Semilla a Planta by Kristin Rattini

With years of experience capturing nature, we can say that National Geographic gets it right. This book is part of a series and explains the life cycle of a plant from the first stage of the seed onward. It also includes activities. 

  1. Lola planta un jardín by Anna McQuinn

After being inspired by books she read, Lola sets out on a mission to plant her own garden with the help of her mother. After planting the seeds and caring for her garden, she waited and eventually got to witness the results of all her hard work.

  1. Arriba, Abajo y Alrededor by Katherine Ayres

The title of the book translates to “Up, Under and Around”, a fitting description of what you can expect. With the use of colorful illustrations, this rhythmic text explores food, gardening and plants like you’ve never seen before. 

  1. Como crece una semilla by Helene J. Jordan

This is the Spanish version of the book, “How a Seed Grows”. It explores basic concepts which makes it ideal for children in the primary grades. In just 31 pages, this book allows you to experience both entertainment and education. 

  1. La semillita by Eric Carle

Nature is beautiful and that’s exactly how it was captured in this book with collage illustrations done by the author himself, Eric Carle. Follow the life cycle of a tiny seed as it grows and becomes a beautiful flower for all to admire. 

  1. El ciclo de vida de las plantas by Julie Lundgren

Get scientific insight behind the growth of plants. This book includes colorful images and offers an age-appropriate explanation of the life cycle of a plant for those between kindergarten and 3rd grade. 

For more springtime fun, check out one of our recent blogs for even more books as well as spring-themed flashcards you can enjoy all season long. 

Spanish Curriculum for the Early Years

If you’re looking for even more resources to teach your kids Spanish but don’t have the time to go looking or do it yourself, we can help. 

We’ve created Llamitas Spanish, our comprehensive full-year curriculum with both parents and kids in mind to make bilingualism easier than you ever imagined.

Llamitas Spanish curriculum mockup including the textbook and curriculum box

This structured open-and-go program is packed with fun, dynamic activities and includes scripts in both English and Spanish so you can interchange as needed. 

After this curriculum, your kids will have a higher level of fluency in the Spanish language, stronger cognitive skills (memorizing, thinking, listening and questioning) and much more.