Spanish Nursery Rhymes: The Best Songs on YouTube
Inside: Spanish nursery rhymes on YouTube.
I remember this clearly: we’d just brought our first baby home, after a marathon birth. I rocked my roly-poly half-Peruvian son, back and forth. I was so glad to finally have my baby in my arms, and my mother-instincts kicked in: I wanted to sing to him.
The thing is, we’d decided to raise our kids in Spanish. I’m not a native speaker, and even though I could communicate, I didn’t know all the baby language. Everything rushing up was in English– poems, fingerplays, songs, Spanish lullabies. 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. Our kids learned the English songs and poems too, but that happened naturally. The Spanish side took more intention, but has been oh-so-worth-it.
If you are looking for more resources for your Spanglish family, you can try these collections:
- Songs for kids in Spanish
- Bilingual Board Books
- 50 Bilingual Books for Kids
- 50 Authentic Books in Spanish
- Spanish Cartoons on Netflix
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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