This post has been update for 2015. Find the new gift guide here. This time of year lots of parents are asking me about fun Spanish gifts for their kids. Language learning products are often expensive, so if you are buying for the holidays and can find Spanish gifts that your child will like, it works out well. Here are a few fun items to get you started. They appeal to a variety of ages and levels.
Spot It: Basic Spanish
If you would like one of your Spanish gifts to be a game, try this version of Spot It. Kids relate pictures and words as they play. It is great for basic vocabulary and beginning Spanish readers.
Hoy Somos Más
This music is from the hit Disney Latinoamérica series Violetta, about kids at a performing arts school. It is wildly popular in Spanish-speaking countries (and France!). The music appeals to tweens and teens, and they can watch the cast dance and perform the songs on the Violetta website. Music is one of my favorite Spanish gifts, and this is an excellent choice for upper elementary and middle schoolers.
Niño Wrestles the World
Spanish gifts can teach culture as well as language. This book has lots of cultural references in delightful story. Niño takes on different icons in a lucha libre free for all. This book won the Pura Belpré Award Illustrator’s award this year. The award is presented annually to “a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth”. The book is recommended for ages 4-8. Spanish words are woven into the story.
Diego Rivera Coloring Cards
This set of 10 assorted cards and envelopes feature the ready-to-color works of Mexican artist Diego Rivera. Each of the five designs has a short description of the work, and pose a question to get children thinking about the art. The cards are recommended for elementary and middle school age. If you are looking for Spanish gifts that also teach culture, this is a good choice.
I’ve written about this great cooking magazine before. I love Spanish gifts that combine language with a child’s other interests. If you have a Spanish learner who is learning to cook, this is a wonderful gift! The magazine is published four times a year and is available in English and Spanish. There is an option to select the language when you subscribe.
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