15 Amazingly Popular Spanish Songs for Kindergarten
¡Canta y baile! Let’s sing and dance to Spanish songs with your kindergartener.
Do you have an eager child who is learning Spanish and wants to know more? Or, perhaps you are a teacher who wants to incorporate fun Spanish songs into your classroom?
Music is more than just entertainment. It is educational and enables children to learn other subjects better, such as reading and language. Did you know that children with musical rhythm have been linked to being early readers?
Incorporating Spanish is another fantastic way for children to have fun with music. I have gathered the perfect list of Spanish songs along with activities for your students.
The full playlist is available on Spotify here. You can come back to this post over and over again to access the playlist!
Use Music to Teach Language…and Reading!
Young children will remember information learned in a musical setting more strongly than in a setting without music. Why? Because music is repetitive and they hear the same sounds and words over and over again. Likewise, learning with music activates the brain’s auditory pathways and strengthens knowledge retention. Also, music is enjoyable! And we retain information better when we like learning it, such as singing a catchy tune.
According to a five-year study at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute, musical experiences “appears to accelerate brain development in young children, particularly in the areas of the brain responsible for processing sound, language development, speech perception and reading skills.”
This evidence reinforces the idea that children can strengthen language skills through music. What a great time to introduce songs in English and Spanish!
Music Improves Reading Skills
Music also helps children with reading. In the book, The More We Get Together: Nurturing Relationships Through Music, Play Books and Art, Gari Stein discusses how music benefits kids’ learning:
- Children with a strong sense of beat are more likely to read well.
- Music stimulates all the senses, helping children learn to recognize patterns and sequence.
- Early music exposure helps children learn by promoting language, creativity, coordination, social interaction, self-esteem, and memory.
- Singing games support children’s need to socialize and play, instead of “pre-academic” skills.
- Music helps “wire” the brain, supporting a higher level of thinking.
Get your child singing, dancing and learning with these fun Spanish songs.
The 15 Catchiest Spanish Songs for Kindergarteners
Playing these top 15 Spanish songs is a great way to enhance your children’s Spanish language skills.
Here are the catchiest and most beneficial songs for kindergartners learning español. They will brighten up any homeschool environment, play group, or classroom.
Spanish Songs by Gallinita Pintadita
These fun and entertaining songs will get your kids moving, dancing, and singing. The YouTube video links include the Spanish lyrics so you can follow along. It’s an extra benefit for early readers or fine-tuning your pronunciation.
1. Quien Esté Feliz
Who is happy? A catchy song is for parents and children alike. Your child will want you to play it over and over again!
Kids love to sing along with cute little bugs – and here is just the song for them. I promise this lively and entertaining song will be stuck in your head all day long.
3. Los Pollitos Dicen
A sweet song with an adorable video. Your kids will love these little chicks and their pio, pio, pio sounds.
Spanish Songs by Charlotte Diamond
A children’s artist with many awards and recognitions. Her songs are sung throughout schools around the world. She writes and performs songs in French, English and Spanish.
4. Somos como las flores
An uplifting and cheerful children’s Spanish song. We are indeed like the flowers. Lluvia, sol, and other elements in nature impact our mood and feelings.
5. Soy una pizza
A great song for children to participate in a ‘call and response’ type song. Each line is sung twice, so children will listen to the lyrics first and then repeat what they have just heard. Plus, it is funny to sing about pizza and sad when the pizza falls to the ground.
Spanish Songs by Canta con Jess
Jess’s videos focus on learning the alphabet, vowels, days, months, and more! She has catchy tunes that will help your little one learn Spanish.
6. Spanish Alphabet Song
In your child’s first few Spanish classes, they will be introduced to the alphabet. What better way to learn it than follow along with an alphabet Spanish song.
7. Con tu dedito
Next in your child’s Spanish journey, they will need to learn parts of the body and words like, up (arriba) and down (abajo). This Spanish song teaches new words in English and Spanish. Your child will make the connection quickly that dedito is little finger and grow their vocabulary quickly.
Spanish Songs by Pica Pica
This lively trio incorporates dances with their songs. It is entertaining, catchy and fun!
8. El baile de la fruta
A short video accompanied with song and dance. These songs are so entertaining. Who doesn’t want to dance along to videos featuring fruit and other kids?
9. Yo tengo una casita
Grab a giant ball and follow the trio as they dance and sing this cheerful song. Your children or class will enjoy incorporating this song with the movements into their day!
Spanish Songs by Cri Cri
A Mexican composer named Francisco Gabilondo Soler had the stage name “Cri Cri: The Singing Little Cricket.” These classic songs are still as hip as they were in the old days.
10. La marcha de las vocales
Learning vowels is the foundation of learning Spanish since their pronunciation rules are different from English. This song will have your child saying A, E, I, O, U in no time.
11. El chorrito
This is a story told through song by one of the most popular artists of all time. It is relaxing and educational.
Spanish songs by Various Artists
These classics have stood the test of time and are important to learn. You can sing along with abuelos and kids alike!
12. Las mañanitas
This beloved song is sung in Spanish first and then in English, which allows you to hear both languages. It is a classic and an important song to know when celebrating birthdays in Latin America!
13. De colores
You may remember De colores from when you were a kid. Here is an updated song version that is beautiful and will teach your child to say the words for rainbow, colors, and animals.
14. A la rueda rueda
A fun song about wheels that will get your child in the mood for school in the morning!
15. Cielito lindo
If you are learning Spanish, this song is a must know classic written in Mexico in the 1800s. Here is a beautiful version for winding down after a busy day.
Now, let’s have some fun! Use the ideas below to make the songs more engaging and help your kids remember the lyrics.
1. Sing Along with YouTube Video Lyrics
Many of the above video links include the lyrics along with the song in the YouTube videos. This way you can sing in Spanish along with the song. This is the perfect activity to reinforce word sounds for your pre and emergent reader. It also gets your child “reading” the song and making connections between written and spoken words.
2. Host a Dance Talent Show
Don’t be shy—get moving to the beat of the music. Some artists like Pica Pica have dances you can mimic. But don’t be afraid to create your own! Another fun activity is to have kids develop their own dance moves and then have a “performance” or “dance-off” to the song. It is fun to see their creativity with music and movement.
3. Play Music as Background Noise
Music can be played passively, as well. Play the music in the car or at home while kids are playing with legos or coloring. It helps activate the creative side of the brain even further and boosts short-term focus.
4. Listen and Draw
Another fun brain exercise is to use music along with construction paper and crayons. Have the child draw on the paper what they are hearing in the music. Encourage the children to use colors, shapes, lines, dots, and strokes to represent the different variations of the music they are hearing.
5. Download the Playlist on Spotify
Repetition is key to learning songs and language. Putting this playlist on repeat will have your kids enunciating correctly and following storylines in Spanish in no time!
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I began studying Spanish at age 11 and have been interested in language and culture ever since! While at university, I studied abroad in Spain and Costa Rica and got a B.A. in Environmental Economics with a minor in Spanish. After spending over a decade in corporate America, I now enjoy the simpler things in life. ¡Pura Vida!
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