Giving kids Spanish toys and games to help them in learning Spanish as a second language has been high on my list of Christmas gift ideas and birthday gifts for quite some time now. Learning a second language, including Spanish, from the time kids are barely able to talk, is a great idea for bilingual parents and families.
Providing babies and toddlers and older kids a variety of ways of learning to speak Spanish fluently helps kids become fluent in Spanish or any other language at a much younger age, rather than waiting until language classes are offered in schools. The younger parents begin teaching kids Spanish, the quicker children will begin understanding and speaking words in Spanish. And as a grandparent of (hopefully) soon-to-be fluent Spanish speaking grandchildren, brushing up on my Spanish will help a lot in advancing the grandkids Spanish communication skills as well as widening my own Spanish vocabulary. It’s a Win-Win on all sides.
Reading bilingual books to young children and toddlers is certainly one great way for learning Spanish words, phrases, identifying picture items using Spanish words, and is something we’ve advocated and done often. English/Spanish books for kids and babies holds a prominent place in our home, and it’s a fun and educational reading time for us to share and enjoy when the grandchildren are over.
I search for educational Spanish toys and games very often, as gift ideas for upcoming birthdays or holiday gifts, but also for us to have interactive and educational things for little boys and girls to play with in our home, while also learning the Spanish language.
Spanish Kids Toys and Games
Not all Spanish toys are created equal. Some are not bilingual, foreign language learning toys at all, but are only in Spanish. Besides Spanish toys for babies and toddlers or older kids, it’s great to have a variety of English to Spanish music CD’s and movies on hand. Playing a kid’s Spanish CD while traveling in the car, or having it play at home while the kids are playing with their toys, helps in exposing young children to the Spanish language from an early age.
It has not been hard at all for me to find Spanish toys, games, interactive electronic and educational products that are fun for babies and children to play with and learn. All I need to do is do a search for “Spanish Kids” on Amazon and I’m given a huge selection of possibilities to choose from. I created a private “wish list” of sorts on Amazon that I titled “Kids Gift Ideas” that only I can see, where I keep my list of all gift ideas for the grandchildren until I’m ready to actually buy the toys, games, books, etc.
Here are a few of my favorite Spanish kids toys and games that I’ve added to my “Kids Gift Ideas” list for the little girls and boys in the family.
Baby Alive Baby All Gone Hispanic doll by Hasbro, for kids ages 3 and up. The Baby Alive Baby All Gone doll speaks in Spanish and English. Just press down on the doll’s bracelet for a few seconds to activate the bilingual feature and hear all the doll’s phrases in Spanish. Kids can pretend to feed their baby doll at snack time with the Baby Alive Baby All Gone doll. Put the pretend yogurt in the spoon and “feed” it to the doll. Once the spoon goes into the doll’s mouth, the yogurt “magically” disappears. If the doll is still hungry, it will ask for more by saying different phrases, such as “Strawberries are yummy!” and “Where did it go?” When it is time for a drink, the doll can be fed from its bottle, and the pretend milk “magically” disappears.
LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table by LeapFrog, recommended for babies 6 months old to 3 years old. This innovative toy is chock full of learning and non-annoying musical activities designed to provide visual and auditory stimulation and motor skill development, as well as opportunities to learn about colors, the alphabet, and opposites for older children and much more. With the flip of a switch, the songs and games switch from English to Spanish, offering a great introduction to foreign-language learning. Your baby, toddler or older child will enjoy spinning the maraca to hear a fun rendition of the ABC song; playing the colored piano keys to practice motor skills and learn about colors; moving the trombone’s slide to count to 10; and sliding the cello to learn about up and down. Kids can tap on the colorful drum and learn about colors and primary shapes, too. Then, by flipping the pages of the “book” to go from the Learning Mode to the Music Mode, kids can hear more than 40 songs and melodies, including nursery rhymes and fun individual instrument sounds that will have them singing and dancing.
Bilingual Advanced Learning Children Laptop, for kids between 3-7 years old. This battery operated musical bilingual learning laptop for kids is the perfect Spanish learning study aid for young children to learn their letters, numbers and shapes. The learning laptop functions in both English and Spanish. There are 4 learning modes to choose from: Language, Mathematics, Music, Games. The keyboard has 5 function keys for easy access to learning modes. It also features a full keypad with 56 keys. Every key is clearly marked. To turn on the laptop, hold the power button (at bottom left) until the laptop turns on. Press the space-bar key to change between English and Spanish.
Arthur Little Bilingual Learner Book by Kidz Delight, for toddlers 18 months and up. With this battery operated book-shaped Spanish learning toy, kids can learn with Arthur and his friends with this book, learning colors, logic, numbers, shapes, and observation skills. The 4 games on each page include a discovery mode and 3 quiz modes, each with an increasing level of difficulty. Listen to the question, look at the scene and answer by using the 4 keys. It’s the perfect size for little hands, and taking in the car to keep little ones entertained, while learning at the same time.
My First Mobile Phone, for babies/toddlers. This battery operated toy phone features a bilingual option to hear comments in English or Spanish through the language selection button. Small children can learn numbers and phrases with this fun and educational toy, with colorful lights and sounds.
Bilingual Talking Book by Chicco, for babies 6 months old and up. The Bilingual Talking Book is an interactive book with more than 50 songs and 36 activities. Each page of the book has words in English and Spanish about animals, animal sounds, their food and where they live. Slide the button in the book’s center spine to either English or Spanish modes. Then press the light-up chef button to hear the words on the page in either English or Spanish. The book also plays educational songs in both languages. The Bilingual Talking Book comes with a strap so that it can be attached to a purse or stroller.
Spanish/English Zingo! (aka Bilingual Zingo) is a bilingual Bingo game for kids 4 years old and up. The game comes with six double-sided game boards. One side of the game board has pictures and English words and the other side has pictures and the Spanish words. There are also 72 double-sided Zingo! tiles with a picture and English word on one side and the same picture and Spanish word on the other side. Players try to fill their boards with matching tiles from the Zingo! Zinger. How to Play Bilingual Zingo: Load the tiles into the Zingo! Zinger. If playing in Spanish, load the tiles with the blue side facing up. If playing in English, load the tiles with the black side facing up. One player serves as the dealer and operates the Zingo! Zinger. Slide the Zinger forward and back to reveal two tiles. When a player sees a tile that matches an image on his or her card, the player calls out the image name, takes the tile, and covers the printed image on the card. The first player to cover all nine spaces on his card shouts, “Zingo!” and wins.
These are just a few of the Spanish kids toys and games that are not only fun for kids to play with, but are also educational and interactive to help kids learn the Spanish language from an early age. Remember, all you have to do to find newly added English to Spanish kids toys, games, books etc, is to just do a search for “Spanish Kids” and browse through the many options and possibilities for your kids or to give as birthday or Christmas gifts to little boys or girls.