When I was a camp counselor at El Lago del Bosque, a Spanish immersion summer camp here in Minnesota, I learned all kinds of Spanish songs for kids.
Every day was filled with music. We sang a song in Spanish to the flag every morning, a song before every meal, songs at the campfire, songs during our daily canto, we constantly had Spanish music playing on the stereo, listened to Spanish performances at our talent shows, and danced to Spanish music at our evening bailes.
I got to see first-hand what an impact music has on kids’ language learning. It’s incredible.
When you think about it, what is one of the first ways we learn our own native language as a child? Through songs and music. My two toddler boys have loved singing and being sung to ever since they were born. They started reproducing the rhythm and the sounds they heard, and that’s how their language started developing.
It’s no different with a second language. There’s something about song and music that makes language learning so much more enjoyable and memorable.
Here are some of my favorite Spanish songs for kids, in no particular order. Enjoy!
I feel like De Colores is the quintessential Spanish song. It’s a folk song that has been around since at least the 16th century. I’ve heard so many different versions of it, but I love this video of it because it has the lyrics on the screen along with beautiful matching imagery. In my experience, kids tend to find it a fun and soothing song.
Un Elefante Se Balanceaba
This is a wonderful, repetitive song that reinforces numbers and is really fun. You may recognize it, as we have an English version, One Elephant Went Out to Play.
If your kids are as crazy about Baby Shark as mine are, they’ll be ecstatic to find out there’s a Spanish version!
You’re welcome. Enough said.
This is a really fun song that teaches the parts of the body. It’s fun to dance along to the “Baila Baila Dance!” The music video is wonderful mix of people of all ages and ethnicities dancing to this catchy song.
La Copa de la Vida
This song strays a little from the other songs above, in that it’s not strictly a children’s song, but kids love the rhythm and energy of this song. There are so many great Ricky Martin songs to get kids into Spanish, but this is one of my all-time favorites.
Music is Forever
I may have forgotten most of the Spanish vocabulary I learned from reading Don Quixote in college, but I’ll never forget the lyrics to my favorite Spanish songs.
Do you have other favorite Spanish songs for kids? Did your kids enjoy the music? Let me know in the comments below! I’d love to hear from you.
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