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Juego de manos…/ Game for little hands

Looking at our hands and fingers can be a very profound experience when you are three months old… only second to staring at mom or dad’s face. They spend a long time looking, bringing them together, fingers in mouth, it’s a love affair with the hands.

This affair continues with teething relief, again hands in mouth, or pacifier, or any other hard object for that matter, and we are constantly looking to… ¡hay que lavarte esas manos!… clean and wipe those hands clean that have been all over the place.

Throughout early childhood we are exploring with our tactile sensorimotor system. Our hands, feet and mouths contain more cells than any other part of the body to provide information to our brains about our environment. Especially the first four months of life, the sensorimotor system comes alive and is very sensitive.

It’s a window of opportunity for exploring rough, smooth, wet, dry, sticky, hard, soft, all of the textures you can imagine… a baby will need all of this stimulation for their ongoing development. So yes, I would say, go ahead and “juega con la comida” after you’re done eating it…it’s O.K. to get dirty and play with that mushy batata or squash or feel the rough edges of la arepa. And after that we’ll go outside in the yard and find all kinds of textures we can, playing with mud, a hose for water, pots, pans and rocks…outdoor kitchen!

A growing number of children are having sensory processing disorders that could be due to lack of the sensorial experiences they needed at a young age, since academics (in the form of flashcards, technology, etc.) is being introduced earlier and earlier in life. I used to joke that if they could introduce academics in vitro they would…But now that’s a reality! Is this really necessary?

Back to the hands…did you know that a quarter of the motor cortex in the human brain (the part that controls all movement in the body) is devoted to the muscles of the hands? So play with those little hands and massage them and have fun! Massaging hands can also help a child fall asleep faster and relieve colic.

Before we get to the game for this week, we’ll go over the names of the fingers in Spanish, formal and informal:

Little finger – meñique –  (el niño chiquito) (the small child)

Ring finger – anular – (el señor de los anillos) (the lord of the rings)

Middle finger – medular – (el tonto loco) (the crazy one)

Index finger – índice – (lame casuelas) (the one to lick bowls)

Thumb – pulgar – (mata piojos) (the killer of lice)

For Spanish songs, games and poetry you can find more at our new CD “Me Encanta el Español” and now available at A very old finger story having to do with little fingers is included in the cd:

Este dedito…

Este dedito…encontró un huevito. (You show them their pinky.)

Este dedito…lo echó en agua hirviendo. (You show them their ring finger)

Este dedito…le quitó la cáscara. (You show them Mr. tall man)

Este dedito…le echo la sal. (You show them their index finger)

Este dedito…gordito chaparrito…se lo comió... (You show them the thumb )

You can extend the story with:

Pero le dió mucha sed y buscó agua…y buscó, buscó, buscó…

y aquí encontró, encontró, encontró… (You look for more and more and more and tickle them)

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We launch new CD for traditional Spanish songs, games and poetry…Nuevo CD para celebrar la Cultura Hispana


Florida, U.S.A (January 9, 2017) This week Prof. Constancia just launched a CD, Me Encanta el Español Vol 1, for schools or families looking to have more exposure to Spanish language and culture. “This cd is Waldorf inspired and contains traditional songs, games and poetry, something for everyone,” says Prof. Constancia. “One must fall in love with a language in order to acquire it. One must be exposed to its beauty, the culture and the soul of the language.We wanted to include those concepts that celebrate our culture.”The CD samples are available by clicking at and will be available in in the next few days.

Prof. Constancia was a Spanish Teacher for 5 years in Palm Beach County, Florida, prior to becoming a mother. She spent the early years of motherhood teaching Spanish to children from her home with musical Spanish classes. She writes a weekly blog titled,, in which she shares cultural articles to help inspire her students and create a Spanish language learning community. She was born in New York City to Colombian parents and was raised in Puerto Rico. She holds bachelor’s degrees in English Creative Writing and Business Administration. Besides writing, she has an interest in helping children with special needs, teaching Spanish and putting instruments in children’s hands. She has an interest in piano, guitar, ukulele, flute and travel.


La Florida, EEUU (9 de enero, 2017) Esta semana la Prof. Constancia presenta su primer CD, Me Encanta el Español Vol 1, para las escuelas, bibliotecas y familias que busquen exponerse más al idioma español y cultura. “Este CD está inspirado por los conceptos educativos de Waldorf y Montessori. Hay que enamorarse de un idioma para aprenderlo, hay que exponerse a su belleza, cultura y alma,” dice la Prof. Constancia. “Quisimos incluir esos conceptos importantes para celebrar nuestra cultura.” Los ejemplares de CD están disponibles en y estará disponible en en los próximos días.

La Prof. Constancia trabajó como maestra de español durante 5 años en el Condado de Palm Beach County, estado de la Florida. En sus primeros años como madre, dedicó su tiempo libre a enseñar español a niños, de forma divertida y musical.La profesora escribe un blog bilingüe que se titula donde ella comparte artículos, motivada por su interés en crear una comunidad de personas interesadas en aprender sobre la lengua y la cultura en español.

Nacida en la ciudad de Nueva  York  pero criada en  Puerto Rico. Ella se graduó en  Florida   International   University  con dos Baccalaureats uno en Inglés, en Escritura Creativa y otro en Empresariales. Además de la escritura, la Prof. Constancia tiene varios puntos de interés: ayudar a niños con necesidades especiales, enseñar español y promover el uso de instrumentos en los niños. Otros de sus intereses son tocar el piano, la guitarra, el ukulele, la flauta y viajar.