Canciones infantiles about spring for kids learning Spanish.

Music is a wonderful way to celebrate spring, and to learn Spanish. These five canciones infantiles have vocabulary related to the season and fit in well if you are talking about weather, plants, butterflies and the changes that come with warmer weather.

With spring comes a lot of rain, so these Spanish rain songs also might come in handy. I also use these printable spring cup covers with my younger students to get in a little more seasonable vocabulary practice. For kindergarten and early elementary grades these short Spanish poems for spring are a great activity.

Canciones infantiles – La primavera

La primavera
If you read much on Spanish Playground, you know that I love Rockalingua’s music. Their canciones infantiles are full of structures and vocabulary children need to master, and kids love to sing the songs. La primavera is a perfect example. Kids sing about el sol, las flores, los pájaros, los colores y las mariposas. Rockalingua provides a lyric sheet with pictures that reinforces the meaning of the words as kids sing along. You can find the song and the complete lyrics with drawings at La primavera.

La primavera ya llegó
Musicaeduca is a music school in Spain that also provides classes for schools and produces material for music education. They have many wonderful canciones infantiles. This arrangement of Vivaldi’s classic is has specific language about the changes that spring brings. It incorporates vocabulary that Spanish learners are acquiring as they talk about the season. Specifically, kids will sing phrases like se marcha el frío llega el sol, las flores van a despertar, los días más largos notarás. Here are the complete lyrics and a video with images that support the words of La primavera ya llegó.

Somos como las flores
One of Charlotte Diamond’s most popular canciones infantiles is Somos como las flores. The song has a very positive message about our relationship to the earth and includes common words about the natural world.

The main idea is Somos como las flores en el jardín de la vida. Necesitamos de la lluvia y el sol.  The tempo is measured enough that even beginner Spanish learners can sing it easily. Listen to it below or at Somos como las flores. The key words in the song include las flores, el jardín, la lluvia, el sol, la luna, la brisa, la tierra.

Carta al viento
This is a very sweet, happy song about writing a letter to the wind and attaching it to a kite. It has lots of repetition and kids love it. It lends itself to lots of activities with kites!

Carta al viento has been recorded by several artists, but I love the version available as a free download from Cantoalegre on their portal Musicalibre. Cantoalegre provides free downloads of many canciones infantiles. Read more about Cantoalegre and songs to use with Spanish learners.

To find Carta al viento, click on Descargas and under Colecciones on the left select Cantar y Jugar. In the middle column select Carta al viento. In the righthand column you’ll get the lyrics and options to listen to and download the song. If you are using the song with children, you will want to download this version with full instrumental and professional artists. There is also a version of the song with a video from Cantoalegre on YouTube that you can hear in the video below.  The lyrics follow.

Le voy a mandar una carta al viento
para contarle que estoy contento.
Le voy a mandar una carta al viento
para contarle que estoy contento.
Y como el cartero no sabe volar
en una cometa la voy a mandar
y para que el viento se ría un buen rato
le pinto en el sobre algún garabato.
Viento, viento, oh
estoy contento, viento, oh.
Viento, viento, oh
estoy contento, viento, oh

Sol solecito
This is one of my students’ favorite canciones infantiles. It is a traditional song, so it has been recorded many times and there are dozens of versions on YouTube. Like many canciones infantiles, the words are not the most logical, but they are familiar, have wonderful rhyme and create great mental images for kids.  They also lend themselves to actions. You can hear a simple version of Sol solecito with only voice below. You can also find an arrangement from the popular Grupo encanto here.

These are the traditional lyrics:
Sol solecito,
caliéntame un poquito.
Por hoy, por mañana,
por toda la semana.
Luna lunera, cascabelera,
Cinco pollitos,
y una ternera.
Caracol, caracol,
a la una sale el sol.
Sale Pinocho tocando el tambor,
con una cuchara y un tenedor.

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