This is a song with pictures, perfect for the very littlest children learning Spanish. Luna has the words luna (moon), sol (sun), caracol (snail), girasol (sunflower), ruiseñor (nightingale) and corazón (heart). The idea of labeling common objects to a familiar tune is one that you can easily adapt and use with your own pictures. The tune here is a variation of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. In general, words used in context are best for language learning, but this is a lovely little book and as you can see in the video, the children enjoy singing it.
In this song, Luna, one and three-syllable words with a final stressed syllable were chosen to fit the rhythm. If you are making your own song to the same tune, you will find it easier to use all two syllable palabras llanas – words with the stress on the next to the last syllable. There are not that many three syllable words with a final stress that fit easily into a child’s song. I have offered a few possibilities using two-syllable words after the video.
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You can make your own picture book to sing. The simplest way to have words fit this rhythm is by using two-syllable words with the stress on the next to the last syllable. If you choose another familiar tune, be sure that the words fit the rhythm and that you are not splitting dipthongs (vowel combinations that are pronounced as one syllable).
Here are a few words, grouped by common theme, that lend themselves to a picture book-song using the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. If you want to use words that rhyme, Spanish assonant rhyme starts with the stressed syllable, so the vowel sounds in each syllable are the same, but the consonants do not have to be the same. So, the words hierba and pierda rhyme, and so do ola and hoja. I have listed rhyming words on the same line, but I think that the song works well with words that do not rhyme, too. You can also look for rhymes across categories.
These are just a few words to get you started.
gato-cat, pato-duck, gallo-rooster, ganso-goose, sapo-toad, chango-chimp
vaca-cow, cabra-goat, gata-cat, rana-frog, rata-rat
Body parts: (I just do these singing and pointing. Pictures of body parts individually can look a little strange to me.)
casa-house, cama-bed, taza-cup, jarra-pitcher, sala-living room, caja-box
plato-plate, vaso-cup, carro-car
rama-branch, playa-beach, planta-plant
roca-rock, hoja-leaf,ola-wave, rosa-rose