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.
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.
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.
Have fun with these– learn as a family and enjoy! Please leave a comment if I missed any of your favorites.
Nursery Rhymes in Spanish on YouTube
1. Itsy Bitsy Spider / Incy wincy araña
2. Hickory Dickory Dock / Hickory dickory dock
3. Wheels on the Bus / Las ruedas del autobús
4. Cuckoo the Frog Sang / Cucú cantaba la rana
5. Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star / Estrellita, ¿dónde estás?
6. Five Little Ducks / Cinco patitios
7. Three Little Kittens / Tres gatitos
8. Five Little Monkeys / Cinco monitos
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