Finding quality Spanish language applications for the iPad and iPhone can be a challenge. This is partly because the iTunes store is not particularly easy to search, and also because many language learning apps focus strictly on vocabulary in isolation. Reading in Spanish depends on language in context, so apps that support beginning readers are especially difficult to find.
The following apps for reading in Spanish are appropriate for language learners and most use Spanish in the context of full sentences. They have high quality audio, engaging content and are suitable for a wide range of ages. I have included apps at a variety of levels. Visit our page of resources for Spanish reading for kids to find more activities.
Reading in Spanish with iPad and iPhone Apps
Lee Paso a Paso – Learn to Read Spanish Step by Step and Leo Paso a Paso 2 by BQWare are great apps for beginning readers. There is also a Leo Paso a Paso 3.
The apps focuses on syllable sounds and combining them to make words. Syllables are key to reading in Spanish. All of the words are supported by images, so kids also acquire vocabulary. It is a very effective set of activities for children working to master reading in Spanish. The developer also has other Spanish educational apps available.
Spanish Playground Learning Games for Kids
I made two apps that available free on the iTunes store. They have short videos with complete sentences and focused images that make the language easy to understand. There is also an interactive version of the video and games with the key words. For native speakers, the syllable games are excellent activities to develop essential skills for reading in Spanish. For children learning Spanish as a second language, the app also teaches vocabulary, common sentence structures and pronunciation. Find our Spanish kids ipad app with fruit here, and the kids ipad app about Spanish animals and toys here.
Blue Quoll has apps and ibooks of fun “re-invented” versions of familiar fairy tales.. The language is more difficult than the El baul encantado series from Santillana, but the stories are familiar. Knowing the traditional fairy tales will help kids with comprehension and language acquisition. The stories are listed by their English titles, for example Mr. Wolf and the Ginger Cupcakes – Red Riding Hood. Search Blue Quoll in the App Store to see all the apps and iBooks.
There are also many Spanish iBooks available at a range of levels. Check out these 5 Free Spanish iBooks for Kids.