50 Picture Books Every Spanglish House Needs

50 Picture Books Every Spanglish House Needs

Inside: Bilingual books in Spanish and English, for kids.

No Spanglish home is complete without a stash of bilingual books for kids in Spanish and English. Thankfully, there are more and more available now!

I often walk in the door exhausted after a day of teaching, to kids who have heard English all day. Even though my brain just wants a break, they need these hours to be in my non-native language. So we grab one of my childhood favorites, cuddle up under a blanket, and get the best of both worlds. And really, they’re not the only ones who need rich input. I do too!

I have a separate post of authentic children’s books in Spanish, with a focus on Latino culture. This bilingual lists includes book originally written in English or translated from a third language. (more…)

The Best Spanish Cartoons and Shows on Netflix

The Best Spanish Cartoons and Shows on Netflix

Inside: The best Spanish cartoons and shows for kids, on Netflix.

Cartoons can be a great source of Spanish input for little learners. Now, we all know to limit screen time for kids, right?

BUT… videos and shows really can be an incredible resource for authentic and rich language.

I’m not a native Spanish-speaker and can’t provide a totally fluent environment for my kids, by myself. (My husband is fluent, but not at home as much as I am.) So we rely on music, books, and shows to round out the input. Sometimes it’s funny to hear my three-year-old bust out a phrase I know I’ve never used (¡Ay, cielos! from Pooh).

Netflix has a fair amount of cartoons and movies with audio in Spanish, and here are my top picks. They do pull and add shows, so this list may change. Lucky for us, most Netflix original series are available in multiple languages and stay there for good!

(If you are looking for something for yourself, here’s a giant list of movies in Spanish, and another huge list of Spanish shows on Netflix. I’ve also got you covered with lists of bilingual books for kids, authentic books in Spanish for kids, songs in Spanish, and free online resources to learn Spanish with kids.)

 

Our Favorite Spanish Cartoons on Netflix for Kids:

 

1. Puffin Rock: We love, love, love this show! It’s nature-based, with lovely graphics and sweet story-lines. The audio is very clear and understandable, and would be perfect for learners who understand a fair amount of Spanish, but aren’t fluent yet.

2. Winnie the Pooh: This is another favorite. Unfortunately, the original movies are no longer available, but there are still several to choose from. High-quality visuals and high-quality audio and music.

3. Peppa Pig: I really like the slow pace and simple storylines. This is an excellent show for kids who aren’t fluent, because the audio is very clear. Even beginners would be able to pick out the phrases they already know. (This show isn’t available in every country. If you can’t find it, you can still access the Peppa Pig Spanish Channel on YouTube, with complete episodes!)

4. Pocoyo: This is the best show for absolute beginners, as the phrases tend to be more isolated and easy to catch. Kids love this one!

5. Sarah and Duck: My kids like this one a lot right now. Everyday stories about a girl and her pet duck. (Not available in Spanish in every country.)

6. Little Baby Bum: This is a series of popular children’s songs and nursery rhymes available in Spanish. Listening to songs is really one of the most effective ways to learn a language, and would be perfect for little ones.

 

More Shows in Spanish on Netflix for Kids:

 

Below are series we haven’t necessarily seen or watch, but are in Spanish. Let me know if you love any and would recommend them!

1. Veggie Tales in the House

2. 72 Cutest Animals (a nature show)

3. The Hive

4. Clifford

5. Beat Bugs

6. Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales

7. Ask the Storybots

8. Word Party

9. Popples

10. Luna Petunia

11. Pororo

12. Inspector Gadget

13. Curious George

14. Kazoops

15. Lalaloopsy

16. Julie’s Greenroom

17. Justin Time Go!

18. Care Bears and Cousins

19. Masha and the Bear

And movies (some aren’t toddler-appropriate):

1. The Little Prince

2. Tarzan

3. The Fox and the Hound

4. The Wings of Life (nature documentary)

5. Lilo & Stitch

6. Kung Fu Panda

7. Brother Bear

8. Zootopia

9. All the Mickey Mouse movies

10. Disney Short Films

 

Did I miss any of your favorite Spanish cartoons and shows? Leave your suggestions in the comments below!

 

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Shows in Spanish on Netflix for Kids

Lesson 5: Me gusta Activities for Preschool Spanish

Lesson 5: Me gusta Activities for Preschool Spanish

Inside: A preschool lesson with me gusta activities, with comprehensible stories, songs, and input for kids.

esson 5 Goals: I can say that I like or don’t like something.

Target Structures: me gusta, no me gusta, te gusta

(Las uvas, la zanahoria, el queso, la galleta, la lechuga, and los arándanos are also introduced. At this point, they are always presented with pictures or props. Only the target structures are meant to be acquired at this point. Having variety in the foods is fun for book, games, and songs. They can be learned naturally throughout the entire unit.)

Click here to see the week-by-week listing, and to access my overall unit plans. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

Review: Sings the songs learned so far, ¿Cómo te llamas? ball chant, Los animales Bingo.

Movement/brain breaks: Stretch with our movement words: levántate, siéntate, manos arriba, and manos abajo, corre and salta, Duck, Duck, Goose in Spanish, or ¡Salta, salta!

Lesson 5 Me gusta Activities

Activity 1

Introduce the new foods (las uvas, la zanahoria, el queso, la galleta, la lechuga, and los arándanos). Use props or toys if you can! These foods will appear in the stories, songs, and games throughout the lesson, so just go for comprehension and don’t expect students to produce them for a while.

Show the lettuce, for example, and say, Es lechuga. Use the animals props and say, El caballo come la lechuga, or hand it to a student and ask, ¿Emily come la lechuga o come la manazana?

Teaching Preschool Spanish: La comida.

Activity 2

Tell the story El pato que tiene hambre, available below. Stop to ask questions and check for understanding as necessary.

 

Activity 3

Do some total physical response with the words learned so far. Say a word or phrase, and they act it out. El gato dice miau, come la manzana, toma agua, etc. This is a perfect time to watch what everyone is doing and get a check on the pace of the lessons. Always go as slow as necessary, repeating games and activities as needed. These lessons are packed with new targets, so if anything is shaky I take extra time before moving onto the next lesson.

Activity 4

Play ¿Qué hay en la bolsa? again, from Lesson 3. Have bags ready with toy foods inside, or sneak foods into one bag for each turn. Sit in a circle, and the kids take turns getting a bag. They have to put their hand in the bag and guess what food is inside just by feeling it. Once they guess the food, we talk about it. ¿Te gusta el maíz? ¿El perro come el maíz? etc.

 

Supplemental Me gusta activities and resources for home or class:

A lesson on me gusta and no me gusta:

Sesame Street episode on me gusta/ no me gusta:

¿Qué color es la fresa? (Uses the phrases ¿Qué color es…?):

Peppa Pig episode in Spanish that mentions foods and me gusta:

Peppa Pig episode in Spanish that mentions colors frequently:

A silly, highly comprehensible song that teachers me gusta/no me gusta:

A silly, highly comprehensible song that teachers me gusta/no me gusta:

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Preschool Spanish Unit

Play Bingo with pictures of the foods. To keep the language as “whole” as possible, I call out the terms as Me gusta el helado. Me gustan las uvas. If the words are very new, show a picture as you call out the term.

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Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Preschool Spanish

Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Preschool Spanish

Inside: A preschool lesson on farm animals in Spanish, with comprehensible input, stories, and songs, for kids.

Lesson 3 Goals: I can name some farm animals.

Target Structures: dice, el caballo, el perro, el gato, la gallina, el cerdo, el pato

Review: Review the ¿Cómo te llamas? ball chant from Lesson 2, and sings the songs. Play Los animales Bingo.

Click to see my outline of Preschool Spanish Lessons for Los pollitos dicen. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

 

Lesson 3: Farm Animals in Spanish

Activity 1

The farm animals have already been introduced from Lesson 2, though always with visuals and in the context of dice. Here in Lesson 3, we’ll zero in on the animals themselves. If you landed on this page just looking for activities for farm animals in Spanish, be sure to look over Lesson 2 as well.

Play Los animales Bingo (included in the free download for Unit 1.) You can call out the animal’s names, or say “La vaca dice mu”, etc.

Activity 2

Do ¿Qué hay en la bolsa? Have a bag ready with toy farm animals inside. We sit in a circle, and the kids take turns getting a bag. They have to put their hand in the bag and guess what animal is inside just by feeling it. Once they guess the animal, we talk about it. I circle dice and the animal names each time:

 – ¿Es un caballo? ¡No! ¿Es un pollito? ¡Sí! ¿El pollito dice <muu>? ¡No! ¿El pollito dice <pío>? ¡Sí!, etc.

(Some of the students can’t name the animals yet, even though they are eager for turns. I don’t worry about output yet– the whole activity is designed as a way to catch their attention and get more input.)

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Activity 3

Play Duck, Duck, Goose as Pato, pato, pollito. It’s tricky to get the hang of it with little ones, but this has been a big hit in my little class.

Once everyone can play, save this one for a brain break during the rest of the year.

Activity 4

Use the animals videos embedded below for MovieTalks. Show the video and mute the sound or pause the video here and there. Describe and talk about what is happening using words and questions the students know. ¿Es una vaca? ¿Cómo se llama? ¿El gato corre o salta?

The kids can also watch these videos at home, and see what language they can understand. As the class progresses through each unit, they’ll comprehend more and more of these videos.

Activity 5

Color and read the mini-book ¿Cómo dicen los animales? This mini-book gets in lots of dice repetitions, and can be sent home for extra reinforcement.

Los animales de la granja free mini-book

 

Supplemental Me gusta activities and resources for home or class:

This song from Calico Spanish is grea. In this version, they say “hace” instead of “dice”– I believe that’s how it is in Spain:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXr6QTZKPuA
This song from Calico Spanish is grea. In this version, they say “hace” instead of “dice”– I believe that’s how it is in Spain:

El caballo:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gjo8snD0umA&t=195s
El gallo y la gallina:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltQg4HJJMSE
El gato:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcDavMLNTec&t=1s
El perro:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=euUJS5Bkat8
La vaca:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W62JfAKL3to&t=5s

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Lesson 2: Dice and Me llamo Lesson for Preschool Spanish

Lesson 2: Dice and Me llamo Lesson for Preschool Spanish

Inside: Activities for a ¿Cómo te llamas? and me llamo lesson for preschool Spanish classes.

Lesson 2 Goals: I can say my name. I can recognize some animals by name.

Target Structures: ¿Cómo te llamas?, Me llamo, dice

(Los animales de la granja are introduced this lesson. At this point, the goal is just to recognize their names, not necessarily name them like in Lesson 3. They’re mainly here to learn dice.)

Click to see my outline of Preschool Spanish Lessons for Los pollitos dicen. (Each lesson provides enough material for multiple classes.)

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¿Cómo te llamas? & Me llamo Lesson for Preschool

Activity 1

Introduce ¿Cómo te llamas? and Me llamo. Model for a bit (the pollito puppet from week 1 works well to act this out). For example:

Teacher: – ¡Buenos días!
Pollito: – ¡Buenos días!

Pollito: ¿Cómo te llamas?
Teacher: – Me llamo _________.

Then, ask the kids their names. The video below, from Mundo de Pepita, is really helpful in seeing how to do this sort of modeling and interacting with the students.

Activity 2

 Have the students sit in a circle, and pass a ball. While passing the ball, chant, ¿Có-mo te lla-mas, có-mo te lla-mas, có-mo te lla-mas TÚ? Whoever has the ball on tú answers: Me llamo ______.  It’s okay if they only say their name right now. Usually the kids clamor for a turn, but if the ball lands on someone shy, they can pass it to a neighbor. No need to force output!

Activity 3

Review Los pollitos dicen and sing using the pollito puppets. Circle dice again: ¿El pollito dice: <muu>? ¡No! ¿El elefante dice: <pío>? ¡No! ¿El pollito dice: <pío>? ¡Sí! etc. Introduce more farm animas with these farm-animals-printouts and circle those. ¿El caballo dice: <pío pío>? ¡No! ¿El caballo dice: <nii>? ¡Sí! 

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Activity 4

Play ¿Qué hay en la bolsa? again, from Lesson 3. Have bags ready with toy foods inside, or sneak foods into one bag for each turn. Sit in a circle, and the kids take turns getting a bag. They have to put their hand in the bag and guess what food is inside just by feeling it. Once they guess the food, we talk about it. ¿Te gusta el maíz? ¿El perro come el maíz? etc.

 

Supplemental Me gusta activities and resources for home or class:

 

Want More?

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