spanish song for kids

Chuchuá (or Chuchuwa) is a song that kids sing and dance to in all kinds of groups. I have seen it at camps, and kids also play the song at parties. It has been recorded on dozens of compilations of kids’ party songs. It is a very silly dance song, but children like it and it is a fun way to teach body parts, prepositions and other vocabulary.

Piñon Fijo, a clown and children’s performer from Argentina recorded Chuchuá in 2003 on his album Por los chicos: Vivo, but the song became very popular just a few years ago. Since then it has been recorded by many artists in different languages. This dance is not just for kids – lots of adults do it too. It was so popular for a while that references to it started showing up in all kinds of popular culture, like the cartoon at the end of this post.

Part of the reason that kids like the song is that it gets more and more difficult to sing and do the actions as they have to hunch their shoulders, stick out their rear ends and finally stick out their tongues. The way I learned the actions, everyone spins as they sing the chuchuá part. You can see an animated version of the song in the video below and there are many videos of groups dancing to this song on YouTube.

The biggest difference in the Spanish versions is the word for bottom/rear because what is considered acceptable varies by region. Grupo Encanto is a very popular children’s group from Spain and they use the word culete in their original recording. They also did a Mexican version where they sing pompis. Other versions use cola.

These are the lyrics for one version:

Chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
¡Compañia! Brazo extendido,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
¡Compañia! Brazo extendido,
puño cerrado,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
¡Compañia! Brazo extendido,
puño cerrado,
dedo hacia arriba,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
¡Compañia! Brazo extendido,
puño cerrado,
dedo hacia arriba,
hombros en alto,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
chuchuá ,chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
¡Compañia! Brazo extendido,
puño cerrado,
dedo hacia arriba,
hombros en alto,
cabeza hacia atrás,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
¡Compañia! Brazo extendido,
puño cerrado,
dedo hacia arriba,
hombros en alto,
cabeza hacia atrás,
pompis hacia atrás,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
¡Compañia! Brazo extendido,
puño cerrado,
dedo hacia arriba,
hombros en alto,
cabeza hacia atrás,
pompis hacia atrás,
pies de pingüino,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
chuchuá, chuchuá, chuchu uá,uá,uá,
¡Compañia! Brazo extendido,
puño cerrado,
dedo hacia arriba,
hombros en alto,
cabeza hacia atrás,
pompis hacia atrás,
pies de pingüino,
lengua fuera.
lalala,lalala,lala la,la,la,
lalala,lalala,lala la,la,la,
lalala,lalala,lala la,la,la,
lalala,lalala,lala la,la,la.

You can hear the clown Piñon Fijo, from Argentina, sing a slightly different version here: Chuchuá by Piñon Fijo. Instead of hombros en alto, he sings hombros fruncidos and uses the word cola for rear end.

This version is by Tripayasos. They are from Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico and this video is from their television show. They sing hombros fruncidos and use the word pompitas: Chuchuá by Tripayasos

You can hear lots of other versions of the song on YouTube by searching chuchuá and chuchuwa. There are also many versions available to download. Here are a few versions of the Chuchuwa that you can download from Amazon:

Chuchuá by Grupo Encanto – Version for Mexico

Spanish song for kids

Chuchuá by Grupo Encanto – Version for Spain

Spanish song for kids

Chuchuá by Carmen y los peques

Spanish song for kids

 

Here is a cartoon with a reference to Chuchuá. If you use a cellphone in Mexico, this may be a familiar scenario.

spanish song for kids

 

You may also be interested in this post: Kids Learn Body Parts in Spanish as They Sing and Dance

 

Printable Spanish Game - Tripas de gato
Online Spanish Resource for Teachers and Parents - ARASAAC

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