Spanish language gifts keep kids excited about learning. New books, games, music and toys are motivational, and they are also important tools as we try to expose children to as much Spanish as possible. Of course, Spanish teachers love quality learning products as much as kids! This list has Spanish language gifts for children of different ages and levels, and includes new products from 2017.
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Spanish Language Toys and Games
Spanish Word Number Dice
This set of 10 Spanish word number dice is one of my favorite Spanish language gifts for teachers, and they make a great stocking stuffer for kids. The dice are 10-sided, so kids learn numbers to 10. Use them for your favorite board game and roll one die instead of two. If you have a young Spanish learner, try this free printable board game to practice greetings, going up and back if you throw high numbers.
Dice are a wonderful way to combine language and math, so check out this set of simple dice games for kids. Choose your favorite so you are ready to play with your child using the Spanish word number dice!
Spanish Colors Matching Puzzle
Preschoolers love puzzles, and this matching puzzle with Spanish color words is perfect for young language learners. The color words introduce Spanish text to pre-readers, support parents, and are also a fun way for older siblings who are learning Spanish to play with their little brothers and sisters. The color word for orange on the puzzle is naranja, not anaranjado, but rest assured that is common usage for native speakers.
Spanish Language Globe
With this illuminated Spanish language globe, children will find countries from Japón and Francia to Egipto and Costa Rica. Geography and country names in Spanish are important for language learners. A Spanish language globe makes learning them easy and inspires future world travel! This lighted globe is beautiful and makes a wonderful gift.
I use Spanish Bananagrams with kids of all ages. Playing the game with the original rules is too difficult for young Spanish learners, but the little tiles are fabulous for lots of fun activities at different levels because they have the right distribution of vowels to consonants. Here is my printable list of games and activities with Spanish Bananagrams.
Bilingual Baby Alive Sweet Tears Doll
Hasbro has a new doll that says words and phrases in Spanish. The Baby Alive Sweet Tears was nominated as Doll of the Year and is a fun way for young Spanish learners to hear the language in a natural context.
Dolls by Baby Abuelita
Baby Abuelita makes dolls that sing traditional Spanish songs, and the additional cultural component makes them great Spanish language gifts. These dolls are also available at major retailers in many parts of the country.
Themed Spanish Bingo Game
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.
Spanish Alphabet Floor Puzzle
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.
Books as Spanish Language Gifts
Books makes wonderful Spanish language gifts for kids. These are a few of our recent favorites, and you can find more recommendations on our book list for Spanish learners.
Language Together Spanish Books Set 1
Language Together publishes a fabulous set of 10 little books that make wonderful read-alouds or first books for emerging readers. Perfect for Spanish learners, 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 and they are now available in iBooks. Language Together Set 2 is coming in 2018!
Set of 6 Eric Carle Books in Spanish
These classic Eric Carle books in Spanish are at a perfect level for Spanish language learners. They teach basic concepts and important vocabulary, and most important, children love them. This is a wonderful gift for any home with young language learners.
Spanish Words Sticker Book
This Osbourne Spanish sticker book associates everyday vocabulary with darling pictures. It is a fun way for kids to learn new words and review Spanish they have learned.
Spanish Picture Books by Monica Brown
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.
National Geographic Kids Spanish Activity Books with Stickers
National Geographic Kids publishes wonderful Spanish activity books with stickers. There are several themes, from pets and sharks to space. These fun books are not for beginners, but they are great for native speakers and also for children who have studied some Spanish.
Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls in Spanish
Cuentos de buenas noches para niñas rebeldes is the Spanish edition of Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls. This inspiring book tells the story of 100 extraordinary women in 1-page stories. At the time of writing this post, the Spanish edition is out of stock, but the English is available and has the story of several Latinas that Spanish learners will want to learn about. This is a lovely book and an excellent gift for any child.
The Spanish edition is best for native speakers and children who have had significant exposure to the language. Otherwise, go with the English so kids can appreciate the life stories of these amazing women.
Spanish Poems for Children
The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations makes an excellent gift for Spanish learners. 35 poems from the book are now available as free audio downloads at SoundCloud! It is a great gift for a child, but also a wonderful gift for a Spanish teacher!
Magazines as Spanish Language Gifts
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 Language Gifts of Music
If you are looking for Spanish gifts for kids be sure to consider music. Songs are a fabulous way to learn language!
Cántale a tu bebé by Cathy and Marcy
Cántale a tu bebé is an amazing book and CD of songs and finger-plays. It’s my new favorite baby gift! It was released in the fall of 2017, and it is a perfect way for parents, both native speakers and non-native speakers, to connect in Spanish with children.
Cathy and Marcy composed these beautiful songs specifically for parents to sing to their children, and Jorge Anaya and Sonia de los Santos sing them on the CD (a version for Papá and Mamá for each song). Listen below to see why I love these songs so much! The second song Uno, dos, tres is a finger-play and the actions are in the book.
Cántale a tu bebé is a wonderful gift for babies or toddlers. Read about more of our favorite Spanish baby gifts.
Spanish Music by 123 Andrés
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.
Spanish Songs from José-Luis Orozco
José-Luis Orozco is an amazing performer and he has new CD called ¡Come bien! Eat Right!. It is perfect for younger Spanish learners. He has many other CDs too, so choose the one that is right for your child.
Spanish Learning Songs from Rockalingua
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!
Spanish Songs for Preschoolers from Susy Dorn
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.
Music from Marta Gomez
Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish by Marta Gomez was the Latin Grammy winning album for children in 2014. Her songs also make wonderful Spanish language gifts for kids.
Songs from Disney’s Violetta
Spanish Music for the Family
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
Videos as Spanish Language 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 good alternatives if you are looking for Spanish language gifts for kids.
Videos by Whistlefritz are an effective, fun way to expose kids to more Spanish. They are high-quality, fun and based on sound language learning concepts.
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 Spanish language gifts for kids.
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.
Spanish Subscription Box
My Mochila is a curated collection of Spanish language learning materials that arrives at your door each month. This wonderful gift doesn’t fit into the categories in the rest of this post, because it includes so much – books, music, arts and crafts, and lessons to do with your child. My Mochila is personally curated by bilingual teacher Irma Vazquez and inspired by over 25 years of Spanish instruction & hundreds of students at her Spanish school My Escuelita. If you are looking for Spanish language gifts, this is certainly a wonderful one!
Teaching children a second language requires an investment of time, energy and resources. Spanish language gifts make sense as we choose how to spend our time and money. They also show children how important language learning is to us and how much we support their efforts. No matter which Spanish language gifts you choose for the children in your life, the most important gift is the opportunity to learn.