What Are You Doing? ¿Que Pasa?


Learning a second language? Crayola® Markers add a FLASH (of color) to your bilingual cards.


1. People all over the world do the same things that you do every day. They use different words to describe these activities. If you’re learning another language, here is a colorful way to build your vocabulary with word games.

2. Cut rectangular cards from file folders with Crayola Scissors. On each card, draw objects that you use or see every day with Crayola Markers. Glue two cards back-to-back with a Crayola Glue Stick to make a two-sided picture card.

3. Cut out smaller cards. Write the word for each picture in your language on one side of each card. Look up how to spell the same word in your second language and write it on the other side of the smaller card. Decorate the edges of your cards with lively borders.

4. Invent your own ways to use these vocabulary study tools. To make a game, you could punch two holes in each two-sided card. Punch one hole in a corner of each of the word cards. Thread string through matching word and picture cards. Tie them together.

5. Check your vocabulary! Add new cards as you learn new words.

Safety Guidelines

Adult supervision is required for any arts & crafts project. Observe children closely and intervene as necessary to prevent potential safety problems and ensure appropriate use of arts and crafts materials. Some craft items, particularly beads and buttons, are potential choking hazards for young children. Avoid use of such small parts with children younger than 3 years. Craft items such as scissors, push pins and chenille sticks may have sharp points or edges. Avoid use of materials with sharp points by children younger than 4 years. Read all manufacturers' safety warnings before using arts and craft supplies.

Scissors—ATTENTION: The cutting edges of scissors are sharp and care should be taken whenever cutting or handling. Blunt-tip scissors should be used only by children 4 years and older. Pointed-tip scissors should be used only by children 6 years and older.

String-Like Materials—Includes string, raffia, lacing, yarn, ribbon, and other similar material. Children 3 years and younger should not be given any string-like material that is longer than 12 inches. Close adult supervision is essential whenever children use string-like material. When crafts are to be worn around the necks of children 8 years and younger, attach the ends of the “string-like material” with clear adhesive tape, which allows easy release of the bond if the craft becomes entangled or caught on equipment. For children older than 8 years, the ends of the “string-like material” may be tied and knotted.


  • Decorate a box in which to store your ever-growing pack of cards.
  • Exchange your cards with those made by your classmates. Combine several sets for a challenging game. Quickly move on to verbs, adjectives, phrases, and other parts of speech.
  • For concrete ideas, review the English/Spanish books by Rebecca Emberley including Let’s Go/Vamos, My House/Mi Casa, Taking a Walk/Caminado.
  • Assessment: Ask children to check each other’s vocabulary words for spelling and accurate matches.

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crayola supplies
  • Markers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Pointed Tip Scissors
household supplies
  • hole punch
  • string
  • recycled file folders



  • Grades 1 to 3
  • Grades 4 to 6


  • Language Arts
  • Visual Arts


  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Multiple Sessions


  • Students better appreciate the variety and utility of languages spoken around the world.

  • Students study everyday words in two languages.

  • Students construct a system of flashcards to learn and test their new vocabulary knowledge.


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