New Spanish language books, games, music or toys are excellent gifts for kids. Speaking and learning a language is fun, and we want it to stay that way. Spanish gifts for kids keep them motivated and engaged. Of course, Spanish teachers love quality language products as much as kids! This list has language gifts for a variety of ages and levels, and has been updated with new products released in 2016.
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Books as Spanish Gifts for Kids
Books makes wonderful Spanish gifts for kids. There were some excellent new arrivals in 2016!
Language Together publishes a fabulous set of 10 little books that make wonderful read-alouds or first books for emerging readers. Brand new this year, they connect to themes like clothing, fruit, animals, family, shapes and toys. Most important, they use the vocabulary in fun little stories kids will want to hear again and again. There is also audio available for the stories online.
Monica Brown’s latest bilingual book featuring Marisol McDonald will delight children. Marisol McDonald and the Monster / Marisol McDonald y el monstruo is satisfying and wonderfully accessible to kids learning Spanish. In addition, the story has captivating content that children can bring into their world in various ways. If you don’t know the other Marisol McDonald books, be sure to look at those too. There are some of my favorite Spanish gifts for kids!
La manta de Maya is another wonderful story by Monica Brown. If you have a child learning Spanish, I recommend you go out of your way to find it. Is is one of the best read-alouds I have read in years.
Llámame árbol is a marvelous reading experience for any child and perfect for young Spanish learners. It is a story to wake up to, to stretch and start the day.
I read Arriba, abajo y alrededor in my classes. It is a wonderful introduction to how plants grow and the rich illustrations make for endless conversation with Spanish learners.
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations makes an excellent gift for Spanish learners. It is also a an wonderful gift for a Spanish teacher.
Magazines as Gifts for Kids Learning Spanish
Chop Chop is a wonderful cooking magazine for children. It is published 4 times a year and 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 kids learning Spanish.
High Five Bilingüe (2-6 years for native speakers. Appropriate for older Spanish learners too). All the charm of Highlights with Spanish language learning added!
Spanish Toys, Games and Accessories for Kids
Hablando sola is the creation of a Mexico City native Daniela Rivera Zacarías. What began as a book of reflections about life directed to tween girls, has grown to include a series of books, school bags and other products. Because positive words are key to the Hablando Sola message, almost all of the products have text. The link is to There are a few available in English now, so be sure that what you order is in Spanish!
La Casa – Tablero Magnético is one of the new Spanish gifts for kids in 2016. The magnetic board has a house, figures and word magnets in Spanish and English. It is a versatile toy, providing dozens of ways to engage kids who are learning to read in Spanish. This toy available new on Ebay from OnlineFreeSpanish. The number on Ebay appears to be limited, but the company assured me that is a technicality and there are plenty available.
Baby Abuelita makes dolls that sing traditional Spanish songs. These dolls are also available at major retailers in many parts of the country.
Spanish Bingo by Eeboo has clear pictures labeled in Spanish. Each of the cards has a theme, so children are listening for related rather than random words.
This Spanish alphabet floor puzzle is an excellent gift for preschoolers and beginning readers. Kids who already know their letters will quickly learn the words associated with each initial sound.
Spanish Gifts for Kids: Music
If you are looking for Spanish gifts for kids be sure to consider music. Songs are a fabulous way to learn language!
123 Andrés won the Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album with his new CD Arriba Abajo. This is an wonderful CD and Andrés has free learning guides for all the songs available on his website. This album makes an excellent gift for a Spanish learner or a Spanish teacher.
José-Luis Orozco has new CD called ¡Come bien! Eat Right!. It is perfect for younger Spanish learners.
Rockalingua writes and performs Spanish learning songs, and they also make games, videos and printable materials. The materials are related to themes included most elementary Spanish programs. Rockalingua CDs, DVDs and subscriptions are a wonderful Spanish gifts for kids and teachers!
One of my favorite artists for teaching preschoolers and kinders is Susy Dorn. The songs on Cantemos en español correspond to themes we teach children of that age. The songs use the theme to effectively teach language and concepts. My students love them!
Rimas y más Rimas is another excellent choice for little ones learning Spanish. Rhyme is an important early literacy skill and these short rhyming songs are a perfect way to introduce kids to the concept.
Mister G won the 2015 Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album for his new CD Los animales.
Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish by Marta Gomez was the Latin Grammy winning album for children in 2014. Both Mister G and Marta Gomez make wonderful Spanish gifts for kids.
There is great new music in Spanish that appeals to adults as well as kids. If you don’t know Lucky Diaz and the Family Jam Band, be sure to listen to the clips from their new CD Adelante.
Sonia de los Santos is another artist recording music in Spanish that the whole family will enjoy. Her debut album is Mi Viaje: De Nuevo León To The New York Island
Video as Spanish Gifts for Kids
There is a Spanish audio track is available on most kids’ movies and television programs. These are excellent exposure to the language, but can be challenging for Spanish learners. The videos mentioned below are alternatives that make good gifts for kids learning Spanish.
Videos by Whistlefritz are an effective, fun way to expose kids to more Spanish.
Pocoyo is a series that originated in Spain, although it has since become popular in many parts of the world. Children and adults alike are enchanted by the low-key humor. These videos are excellent gifts for kids learning Spanish!
The Book of Life is a beautiful animated adventure from producer Guillermo del Toro. It is rich with Mexican culture, explaining El día de muertos, and a film the whole family will love.
La misma luna is a family film that puts a human face on the dilemma of Mexicans without documents living and working in the United States and the loved ones they are supporting back home.