Holidays are a wonderful opportunity to give kids some Spanish fun! There are many quality gifts to engage children with language and culture. Here are a few favorite gifts for Spanish learners. This post has affiliate links to Amazon. If you click through and make a purchase we earn a small commission.
Bebés del mundo, by the Global Fund for Children (1 – 3 years). Dual language English and Spanish
Maria Had a Little Llama / María Tenía una Llamita Pequeña by Angela Dominguez ( 3-7 years). Dual language English and Spanish
Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales (4-8 years). This wonderful culturally-rich book has Spanish words woven into the English text. A Pura Belpré Award winner.
Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish by Marta Gomez. Winner of 2014 Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album
Jump Into Spanish from Spanish Together
We Love Spanish from Spanish Together
Written by a musician/Spanish teacher from Colombia, any of Spanish Together’s music is perfect for preschoolers and the early elementary grades.
Hoy Somos Más ~ Various Artists Audio CD
Cantar Es Lo Que Soy ~ Violetta Audio CD
Music from the hit series Violetta from Disney Latinoamérica. This music is very popular with tweens and teens. There are other CDs available.
Spanish for Kids: Las estaciones by Whistlefritz This video is designed for children learning the language. The other Whistlefritz videos are wonderful gifts for Spanish learners too.
La misma luna (PG 13)
Spot It: Basic Spanish
Spanish Playground apps – Spanish (beginners)
Kitu Kids apps – English and Spanish (intermediate or advanced)
Chop Chop – This is a wonderful cooking magazine for children that is published 4 times a year. It is available in English and Spanish. There is an option to choose the language when you subscribe. It is one of my favorite gifts for Spanish learners!
Ladybug en español (3-6 years for native speakers. Appropriate for older Spanish learners.)
Iguana (7-12 years for native speakers. Appropriate for older Spanish learners.)
High Five Bilingue (2-6 years for native speakers. Appropriate for older Spanish learners.)
Many families choose to include a donation in their holiday giving to their children. Languages are about connection and culture, so a donation is an especially appropriate gift for Spanish learners. Clearly there are many organizations doing important work that you can choose from, but here one suggestion.
I suggest this organization because I have been to Nicaragua and seen the important work Rayo de sol is doing in Matagalpa. This specific fundraising campaign is to help children stay in school, making it an excellent gift option for Spanish learners. Access to education is something children can appreciate and feel good about sharing.
Jennifer Brunk blogs about strategies and resources for teaching Spanish to children on Spanish Playground.by