Spanish Nursery Rhymes: The Best Songs on YouTube

Spanish Nursery Rhymes: The Best Songs on YouTube

Inside: Spanish nursery rhymes on YouTube.

I remember this clearly: we’d just brought our new baby home. I rocked my roly-poly half-Peruvian son, back and forth. And I wanted to sing.

The thing is, we’d decided to raise our kids in Spanish even though I’m not a native speaker. Everything rushing up was in English– poems, fingerplays, songs. I quickly realized that mothering in Spanish required homework.

I needed to learn to sing to my kids in Spanish. I needed to know the songs so well that they were part of us, so we could sing in the car, in the rocker, while we changed diapers.

Nursery Rhymes in Spanish on YouTube

If you are looking for more resources for your Spanglish family, I also have collections of songs for kids in Spanish, 50 books in Spanish and English for kids, 50 authentic books in Spanish for kids, shows on Netflix in Spanish for kids, and resources for learning Spanish online.

 

Spanish Nursery Rhymes on YouTube

 

This list focuses on songs you can find in English and Spanish. (If you are looking for traditional Hispanic nursery rhymes, I have those too!) I feel like these nursery rhymes are the best of both worlds: I get to pass on my childhood favorites, and we’re all staying in Spanish. Win-win. My kids know these in English as well, from Grandma’s house, and I sing them in English sometimes. I think they just assume it’s normal to sing songs in several different languages, depending on where you are.

Have fun with these– learn as a family and enjoy! Please leave a comment if I missed any of your favorites.

 

Itsy Bitsy Spider / Incy wincy araña

 

Hickory Dickory Dock / Hickory dickory dock

 

Wheels on the Bus / Las ruedas del autobús

 

Cuckoo the Frog Sang / Cucú cantaba la rana

 

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star / Estrellita, ¿dónde estás?

 

Five Little Ducks / Cinco patitios

 

Three Little Kittens / Tres gatitos

 

Five Little Monkeys / Cinco monitos

 

Did I miss any of your favorite Spanish nursery rhymes? Leave your suggestions in the comments below.

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La granja: Favorite Songs in Spanish

La granja: Favorite Songs in Spanish

Inside: Farm animal songs in Spanish, on YouTube.

Welcome back to my Saturday songs series! This week I’m sharing our favorites about farms and farm animals. Hope you enjoy these as much as we have and be sure to check out my other favorite songs posts about Los colores and Los números

(Since writing this post, I’ve created an entire series of lessons centered on the song Los pollitos dicen, with Spanish stories about farm animals, for preschool kids.)

Our top five favorites farm songs in Spanish!

 

Los pollitos –A traditional song for children about a mother hen and her chicks. It is a wonderful little song and we sing it all the time!

 

El viejo McDonald – Old MacDonald from Toobys.

 

La granja

 

La vaca lechera – Another traditional song about a milking cow. Beautiful song that rhymes!

 

Adivina, adivina – Guessing songs about animals and their sounds

 

Toobys Animals and sounds

 

BINGO

 

Jueguemos en el campo – Animals and sounds. 

 

Ronda de los animales

 

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The Best Spanish Colors Songs for Kids

The Best Spanish Colors Songs for Kids

Inside: Spanish colors songs for kids on YouTube.

 

(If you are looking for further activities to teach the colors, you might want to check out my preschool lesson for the colors in Spanish. I’ve got stories, videos links, and games, all for little ones.)

 

Our Favorite Spanish Colors Songs

 

Last week in my Saturday songs series I shared our favorite songs for numbers. This week is all about colors! I really love these options. I like the kids to watch songs that are beautiful to see and beautiful to listen to, not just catchy or entertaining, and these songs fit the bill.

Most of these are meant to teach the colors to Spanish learners, but native speakers will enjoy them too.

 

Canción de los colores

Toobys for the win again! Wonderful graphics and music. 

 

Colores

Sweet, simple song.

 

Arco Iris

Bilingual song that goes through the rainbow of colors.

 

Colores, colores

Goes through the colors with a profession for each color (would have been nice to show women doing some of the things)

 

De colores

This one doesn’t teach the colors, but is an authentic folk song. I love this version by Joan Baez, and the mariachi version below.

 

 

El tren de colores

This one isn’t really a song, but easy to repeat and practice along with.

 

If you prefer a song to sing without videos, this one sung to the tune Frère Jacques is easy to learn.

cancion de los colores

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The Best Spanish Numbers Songs for Kids

The Best Spanish Numbers Songs for Kids

Inside: Spanish numbers songs for kids.

 

I’m starting a series of posts about favorite songs and videos in Spanish by topic– numbers, colors, animals. etc. I use songs in my classroom a lot, but this series is geared to parents looking for songs to use at home. When non-native or non-speaking parents ask me where to start, I recommend starting with songs! Here’s why:

– Songs make learning fun and memorable.

– Songs are even easier than books because you pronunciation is included.

– They are free online!

– I consider this a wise use of screen time because you can continue to sing the songs elsewhere: in the car, at bedtime, etc.

If you never get around to the fancy language programs or classes, learning lots of songs in Spanish throughout the preschool and elementary years WILL PAY OFF, even in high school! As they learn vocabulary and phrases in context, it will make high school Spanish easier one day.

 

Our Favorite Spanish Numbers Songs

 

Los números 1-10

We love Toobys for the slow, simple illustrations and great music!

 

Los números 1-20

(About a monkey, coconuts, and numbers in Spanish.)

 

Toobys Cinco Monitos

(Traditional 5 Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.)

 

Los números 1-100

Not a song, but shows counting from 1-100 if you get ambitious.

 

Una vez pesqué un pez

(Numbers in context of a classic Spanish song)

 

 

Diez en la cama

 

Numbers in Spanish 1-20


What songs in Spanish does your family love for numbers? Did I miss any good ones? Leave in comments below or on my Facebook page so other readers can enjoy too!

 

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