Music is an incredible way to learn a language (it’s one of the ways that I perfected my Spanish in Costa Rica), and that definitely holds true for our children! When Big Sister was born I purchased two CDs- Jose Luis Orozco’s De Colores and Songs In Spanish For Children, and we listened to them during every changing time for the first year- and I’m not tired of them yet! Whether in your home you use music in Spanish to help support your home language plan, support a reluctant Spanish learner in a bilingual school, or reinforce repetition of vocabulary and pronunciation wth a young toddler toddler, keeping a solid playlist of age-appropriate Spanish music in your home music rotation is a must. Here we present you our YouTube playlist of 10 favorite children’s songs in Spanish! (This post contains affiliate links to help keep Pura Vida Moms running.)
Los pollitos dicen- La gallinita pintadita: We love La Gallinita Pintadita because the animations are adorable, and the words are printed on the screen- great reinforcement for pre-and emergent readers. A cute take on an classic Spanish nursery rhyme- your kids will love it!
El baile de la fruta- Pica Pica: This song has been in heavy rotation at Casa Pura Vida for over a year now. At first, my kids loved the silly galleta María at the beginning of the video, but the love of the song morphed into dancing along with the video. I love the blend of the Pica Pica characters with actual kids, and the adivinanzas at the beginning of the song will make anyone smile.
Yo tengo una casita- Pica Pica: We really love Pica Pica here, and this song is adorable because of the dance that goes along with it. Recently Big Sister grabbed a huge ball off of the patio and sang and danced the whole thing perfectly- it was a joy!
Compadre cómpreme un coco- Jose-Luis Orozco: Jose Luis Orozco’s album De colores should be a staple in every Spanish-English bilingual household. This song is a great tongue-twister that will keep all ages singing until they get it right! I sing it to Little Sister every night before bed- at 17 months she chimes in every time I say “coco”- and my heart melts.
Diez había en la cama- Little Baby Bum: The Little Baby Bum series of videos in English and Spanish are excellent for young children because they are short and repetitive. They are also super relaxing to watch, and we will use one or two with our girls when they need to calm down, or when they are sick (learn more about technology with young bilingual children here.) I love this video as a transition to nap or night time sleep.
Chocolate by Daria Music: We LOVE Daria music at Casa Pura Vida because her products are educational and fun for all ages. Her Daria Music App contains this fun song- combination alliteration and tongue twister.
Los elefantes: This is a classic Spanish nursery rhyme that makes kids laugh. I mean, elephants balancing on a spider web? Clearly hilarious.
Estaba la rana: This is another classic Spanish nursery rhyme that is progressive- the repetition makes it easy for children to learn the lyrics. We also listen to it alongside the book of the same name for the Baby Board Book Bundle from Books del sur.
La vaca lechera: Yep! You guessed it! Another classic nursery rhyme- this one is often used to teach pre-reading skills throughout Latin America, and a great song for ids entering bilingual school.
El pollito pio: Sorry, but this song will drive parents nuts. Kids LOVE it though, and it’s perfect for a kitchen dance party!
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