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spanish song for kids josefina la gallina

Josefina la gallina is a Spanish song for kids by Elizabeth Carmona of Chile. She creates entertaining and educational programs for Atiempopreescolar, a division of the studio ATiempo dedicated to preschool programing. Her program Juguemos en el campo was awared first place in the contest Juegos musicales para la primera infancia organized by Chile Crece Contigo, Consejo de la Música and Unicef.

Josefina la gallina is a very active song. It is an excellent way to combine physical activity and Spanish. The song is about a hen who behaves properly until she hears the song and then she runs, jumps, spins and flies.

Kids walk slowly as they sing:
Josefina la gallina es muy fina, es muy fina
pero cuando escucha esta canción se me pone malulina.

Malulina means traviesa or naughty. Although the word is not common outside of Chile, children hear mal and the song reinforces the meaning of that common root word.

After the slow beginning, the tempo of the song changes and children do these actions:
y corre, corre, corre, corre
y salta, salta, salta, salta,
y gira, gira, gira, gira,
y vuela, vuela, vuela, vuela
y corre, corre, corre, corre
y salta, salta, salta, salta,
y gira, gira, gira, gira,
y vuela, vuela, vuela, vuela

This song is great exercise, and effective for language learning, because it repeats again and again and gets faster each time. Kids get a short rest while the song repeats the slow lines. Then they are running, jumping, spinning and flying even faster.

You can listen to this song and see the video from Atiempopreescolar on their YouTube channel – YouTube: Josefina la gallina.

The song is available to download on Elizabeth Carmona’s CD Uno, dos, tres a jugar on iTunes.

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