Spanish Class Game, Agarra la Rana!

We’ve been playing “Agarra la Rana” to review vocabulary in our Spanish classes! Check out how to play and find the link to a free printable of Frog Points to use with your classes!

Agarra La Rana is a fun, go to Spanish class game that takes very little set up!

It’s a simple review game that we play to review vocabulary before a test or quiz.    And it’s super easy!

We call it “Agarra la Rana” because I have a stuffed frog that we decided to use for the game.  🙂  You don’t have to use a stuffed frog- you could also use a bell (that’s what we used until I found a cute frog).  If you have a favorite animal, substitute any other stuffed animal in and call it “Agarra el/la ____” instead!

I’ve created a free download for you, (found here in my TpT store) of frog “points” if you want to play & decide to stick with the frog theme.

Here’s what my classroom set up usually looks like:

The teacher sets up a table/desk in the front of the classroom with the stuffed animal.  Have a designated desk where you place a “lily pad of frogs” (points) and two lakes (one for each team).

How to play:

  1.  Split your class into 2 teams.
  2.  Decide which student from each team will face off against each other (“Voluntarios o victimas” is what I like to say! ;).
  3.  One person from each team comes to the front of the class to face off.  The Rana is on a table at equal distance between each player.
  4.  The teacher asks a question & the first player to grab the Rana AND give the correct answer wins a point for their team!
  5.   The paper frogs represent points.  The player that wins grabs a paper frog from the lily pad to hop into their team’s lake.
  6.   At the end of the game, the teams count up the points to see which team won.

That’s it!  It’s a quick, easy game to set up and is a fun way to review before a test or quiz!

Please let me know in the comments below if you decide to play this game with your students too!


12 replies
  1. Samantha
    Samantha says:

    I like this a lot 🙂

    How do you keep the other kids accountable when it’s not their turn? Do you have them answer the questions too even though their not facing off?

    • La Profesora Frida
      La Profesora Frida says:

      Hola Samantha!
      I am so sorry I didn’t see your message sooner! Ack!
      Most of my students are waiting to steal the frog if the other person doesn’t get the answer right! The rest of the class is usually waiting to chime in with the answer if both aren’t able to answer.
      But keeping the entire class accountable… Hmm… What about having the students sitting down keeping track of the questions asked? Have them number their papers and they write the English/Spanish to keep track. What do you think?

  2. Bernice
    Bernice says:

    Looks like tons of fun! How exactly do you use it for vocabulary review? Do you give word in English for them to translate?

    • La Profesora Frida
      La Profesora Frida says:

      Oh my goodness, Bernice! I am so sorry I didn’t see your message sooner! 🙁
      Yes! That is one way to play! I will choose a word/phrase either in English or Spanish (our TL) and the students will race each other to be the first to say it!

  3. Cristina Kelley
    Cristina Kelley says:

    I have played this game several times with my students. They love it! They are always asking to play. They even give me suggestions. I use it for vocabulary words, conjugating verbs and reviewing for a test. It’s so easy to incorporate with whatever your students are learning. Actually, I switched out the “rana ” for a Sugar Skull. A student had given me a Sugar Skull stress ball shaped like a skull. I made Sugar Skull paper points. I found a Dia De Los Muertos background to use instead of a lily pad. I would like to thank you for such a great idea!

    • La Profesora Frida
      La Profesora Frida says:

      Oh my gosh, I LOVE that you’ve adapted this to use with your Sugar Skull stress ball! What an awesome idea! I’m so glad your students are getting a kick out of this review game!

      Thank you so much for taking the time to share how you use this game in your classroom! I hope it inspires other teachers to see that they can absolutely adapt it and use whatever they want to be the “rana!” 😀

    • admin
      admin says:

      Hola! Thank you so much for letting me know that the link wasn’t working! I just updated the link (to my TpT shop). 🙂 I have also added this freebie to my Free Resource Library, so you can choose where you would like to download it!

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