Spanish Stories

Spanish Stories for Children

Free online Spanish short stories with video clips and worksheets. 
The videos are usually about 3 minutes long, excellent for regular, independent listening and oral practice reinforced by reading, writing and translation exercises.

Ideas for use in class:
a) Watch the video
b) Highlight phrases of particular interest
c) Talk about the story in English
d) Encourage students to engage with the characters, their feelings and experiences.
e) Relate those feelings and experiences to children’s own lives.
f) Return to and discuss the phrases highlighted at the beginning.
g) Ask students to write and illustrate the story
h) Encourage students to return to the video for more practice …
i)  And go on to write stories of their own

Each story has a video clip, grammar, vocabulary, and worksheets with questions and translation practice:

1.  Maggie is mischievous!
KS2 Spanish listening practice:
Simple true story in Spanish for beginners in the present tense with useful grammar practice focussing on possession using ‘mi’ and ‘mío’ ‘¡Mi juguete!’
¡Maggie es traviesa!
+ Online Quiz

My Family in Spanish
My Family in Spanish practice in a Story.
Vocabulary for family members in Spanish + downloadable worksheet:
My Family in Spanish
+ Online Quiz

A Story about Hamsters in Spanish!
Simple story in the 3rd person present tense:
Questions and answers about two hamsters, one of whom becomes ill and has to take medicine:
¿Eso qué es? Es un hámster
+ Online Quiz

Maggie and Billy at the river:
Short simple sentences with verbs in the present tense describe friendly activities in Spanish + likes/dislikes.
Transcript + Comprehension Questions:
Maggie & Billy at the river

A New Puppy!
Simple Spanish story and description:  Meet a tiny puppy on its first day in a new home. Follow its progress as it grows and find out what it enjoys doing.
Transcript + worksheets on gustar and tener:
A New Puppy!
+ Online Quiz

My Birthday in Spanish
Learn dates and months in Spanish + how to ask and answer questions about birthdays via this friendly story:
My Birthday in Spanish
+ Online Quiz.

Spanish Story: What do I do at School?
Talk about what happens at school in Spanish in friendly description of what happens in a normal school versus lessons  in a dog agility class:  At School in Spanish
+ Online Quiz

The Bone from Twitter
A great opportunity for practice using negatives in Spanish via friendly confusion caused by following advice on Twitter
No, Nada, Nunca …
Negatives in Spanish 
+ Online Quiz

Ser and Estar + Hedgehogs!
Excellent Ser and Estar practice in a story about a garden visitor:  ¿Qué es?  ¿Dónde está?
Hedgehog Story in Spanish using Ser and Estar
+ Online Quiz

Character v Feelings …
Ser and Estar practice with friendly video and contrasting description of the character and behaviour of Maggie and Billy
Ser v Estar: Character + Feelings

Maggie, Billy and the Apricots
Practice using Hay que for instructions in a friendly story about stealing apricots. Hay que + infinitive verbs:
Hay que + Infinitive Verbs
+ Online Quiz

Maggie and the Squirrel:
KS2 Spanish Story – This simple little nature story has friendly examples of how adverbs describe verbs:
Maggie and the squirrel
+ Online Quiz

At the Hairdresser’s in Spanish!
How many of us hated having our hair cut when we were young? Well, ‘somebody’ is reluctant here!  This story, and linked exercises, offers lots of practice using a variety of verbs in the Present Tense:
Vamos a la peluquería
Follow-up Worksheet:  Questions & Answers

¡Hola, me llamo Billy!
Friendly Spanish Oral Practice: Say who you are, describe character, where you live, and what you like doing!
Transcript, questions and a second video with extra questions in Spanish AND English:
¡Hola me llamo Billy! 
+ Online Quiz

¡La Hora de Comer!
Spanish Story for children which includes seeing two dogs doing something –  In this case it is:  eating!
All eyes on the cook.  Please can we have some more!
Transcript + questions:
¡La hora de comer! (Supper)

Spanish Nature Story: ¿Por qué?
Beautiful short story that asks why: ¿Por qué? Why is the chick’s mother worried?  Porque (because) Because the chick is in danger!
Spanish Nature Story 

Talk about Winter in Spanish:
Topical scenes about winter for practice using weather vocabulary in context, and an invitation for children to share thoughts and answer questions about winter activities:
KS3 Spanish resource: Winter!

Spanish Preposition Practice in a Story –
Billy and the Stick Insects:

This story describes the job of cleaning out and feeding these pets with focus on all the prepositions used in the process. Grammar in context supported by a downloadable gap fill exercise. 
Spanish Preposition Practice in a Story

Spanish Reflexive Verb Practice in a Story –
Birth of a Litter of Puppies:

Focus on using many Spanish reflexive verbs to talk about events of the day the puppies were born and describe how the puppies behave.  Practice using Reflexive verbs in a friendly story context linked to a downloadable PDF gap fill worksheet:
(One of the puppies was Billy, star of A Green Mouse. Spot him moving about with his siblings.  He is the largest, and only boy)   Transcript + grammar:  
Reflexive verbs in Spanish
+ Online Quiz

The Near Future – A Holiday in the Future
The near Future in Spanish
+ Online Quiz

The Imperfect versus the Perfect tense Spanish:
This charming story about a puppy growing up provides a clear way of contrasting the use the imperfect and perfect tenses and shows students when and how to use both tenses:
Description of the life of a new puppy from birth!  Transcript + Questions:
Imperfect & Perfect. A New Puppy!

Simple Spanish Song using Modal Verbs which tells the story of a puppy trying to escape using Modal Verbs in the Imperfect Tense:
¡No sabía, no podía escapar!
El Perrito Chiquitito

Maggie has Grown:
Spanish Story/Comprehension in the 3rd Person using past, present and (future) Tenses:
A description of Maggie’s activities, likes and dislikes, with sentences in the present tense, and an introduction to the Perfect Tense.  Transcript + Questions:
Maggie has grown up!

Two Versions of A Mountain Rescue.
This true story provides useful, interesting verb practice in context:

a)  Practice using hace falta, me doy cuenta, hay que, tener que, estar + gerund …
My Mountain Adventure in Spanish

b)  Focussed practice using SER and ESTAR:
Ser and Estar Story Worksheet

A Paragliding Holiday in ‘Los Picos de Europa’:
The story begins with a mention in the past tense about the previous year’s Spanish holiday, before watching and hearing about a student’s first experience of paragliding in Northern Spain.
There is a second Video clip without English subtitles + the transcript in Spanish with sentences and Questions in the Past and Present Tenses here:   
KS3 Spanish Activity Holiday in Spain!

Spanish Story in the Imperfect Tense:
True short story about a little rescue dog in Spain before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War. Free gap fill PDF Worksheet + questions: “El perro de mi abuelo.”

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