Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío Lyrics and Free Printables
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Inside: Los pollitos dicen pío, pío, pío lyrics, printables, and activities for kids.

Los pollitos dicen is one of my favorite songs in Spanish for kids. It’s also perfect for families learning Spanish– the song is packed with high-frequency phrases like tengo hambre, tienen frío, and duermen. 

We like it so much I created an entire Spanish Preschool series based on the song, with enough materials to last a year. Click on the link above if you want in-depth resources. 

In this post, I’m wrapping up that series with activities for teaching the song. Read on if you want some great activities and free printables you can use right away!

LOS POLLITOS DICEN PÍO PÍO PÍO ACTIVITIES

los pollitos craft

Choose as many as you like, or do all of them!

1. LISTEN TO THE SONG. 

Here are my favorites from YouTube. (Below you can find the lyrics online and as a printable.)

2. MAKE LOS POLLITOS DICEN PUPPETS. 

To make the song more hands-on, and emphasize dice, make my pollito puppet. Cut out the pollitos, and then make another cut so the top part of the head is separate. Glue each piece onto the top and bottom of a clothespin. Now your pollito can open and close its mouth when it’s time to say, – pió, pío, pío!

Los pollitos dicen puppets and lyrics

If you are teaching Spanish, you can also use this to talk about the little chicks and gets lots of reps for dice. Ask your students, ¿El pollito dice, – guau, guau? Nooo! El pollito dice, -maa, maa? Noo! El pollito dice, -pío!

spanish preschool puppets

3. MAKE A MINI-BOOK OF THE LYRICS FROM THE SONG. 

Download my free mini-book, to color and read at home or in class. With illustrations, the song is extra comprehensible for Spanish learners. 

los pollitos dicen mini-book
los pollitos dicen pío pío pío

4. ACT OUT THE SONG. 

Attach motions to the song and act them out while singing. Once everyone has learned them well, use props or masks and act out the lyrics as a class. You can choose one child to be the gallina, or the teacher can act out that part. 

5. SEQUENCE THE SONG LYRICS WITH PICTURE CARDS. 

Make (or buy) cards that depict each scene of the lyrics. Read aloud the lyrics of the song, and have the students put the pictures in order, or in a pocket chart in the front of the classroom. Once they are familiar with this activity, they can try it while listening to the song itself. 

preschool Spanish lesson

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

If you are teaching older students, I also have a free printable on TpT. You’ll get the lyrics and several listening/lyrics activities. 

You can also purchase lessons on Los pollitos dicen (the first unit is free!):

Los pollitos dicen

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5 Comments

  1. I have tears in my eyes as I am browsing your site!! This is exactly what I was looking for…and you have so much for free! I am so grateful for such high quality material (you understand true learning…no textbooks!) to help my dream of teaching my children a second language! Muchas gracias!!

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  2. Thank you so much for the great ideas and materials! Do you happen to have a black and white copy of the pollitos used for the clothes pin activity?

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  3. Did your students actually learn the whole song? I’m guessing that you started off with just a stanza at a time…?
    I tried to have my 2nd and 3rd grade students learn “La Cucaracha” and after 3 classes of going over the song saw if they could sequence it. They were mostly successful but couldn’t actually sing the 2nd half of the song. I also felt like they were getting tired of the song…

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    • I created a whole year-long curriculum for that song, so by the end they know it and know what each phrases means. 🙂 The first unit is just a few lessons, so they only know “Los pollitos dicen, pío, pío, pío…”

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  4. Thank you sooooooo much!

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