Ciao ragazzi! Fun fact: I studied Italian in college and finished my minor in Italian while studying abroad. Besides to help me get around while traveling in Italy, I haven’t used that college minor for too many other things. Before I had kids, I had grand plans of raising bi-lingual children who spoke Italian fluently when they were young. Those were the days before I had kids and knew just how many other things there would be to do in a day besides teaching them a language that wasn’t even my first language nor one I speak fluently. So besides for reading storybooks here and there in Italian and singing the occasional Italian tune, my children have not had too much more Italian than eating pizza and pasta. This year I have committed to teaching them my simple Italian lessons for kids.
Simple Italian Lessons for Kids
This however came about more from their direction than me thinking it was time to finally start using my Italian. The girls love Spanish class at school and whenever they ask me if I know Spanish, I tell them I know Italian and a little Spanish. They also have a lot of questions about my time living in Italy and a desire to visit there themselves. So when they asked me how they can learn Italian, my first step was iPad apps. To my surprise, after a little time with those apps they were referring to some words in Italian, like asking for una fragola instead of a strawberry. Now at this point I thought “ok I should really put that Italian minor to use” and teach my kids some Italian.
Free Italian Worksheets for Kids
What I am working on over the next few months are some super simple Italian lessons for kids. I am not a teacher, nor fluent in the language, so I don’t make any promises about these worksheets. I do know that if I make one and my kids don’t think it’s fun or don’t seem to “get it” I won’t share it here. So know that while these might not be super professional, they’ll all be free Italian worksheets and “tried and true” lessons I have done with my kids. I’ll also mix it up with fun stories and history and maybe even a little travel planning. You can see the kids learning and speaking as the lessons progress on our Instagram. Ciao!
I will explain the directions in the blog posts but I am keeping the sheets as “only Italian” as possible, so the directions will not be in english either. Maybe this will make the parents learn some Italian too. So, here we go! Who’s ready to learn some Italian?
Lesson 1: Benvenuto in Italia: Lezione 1
A translation key
- Benvenuto in Italian: Welcome to Italy
- Ciao: Hello
- Mi Chiamo: my name is
- Mangiamo: we eat (I had the kids practice all of the foods and then circle what they like to eat)
- Come stai?: How are you?
- Va bene: I’m good, I’m alright, good
- Arrivederci: goodbye!
Learning the Italian Flag
Free Italian Flag Printable Coloring Pages: Click here to download and print the FLAG and click here to download and print the one the kids can color in.