Spanish songs for children

Spanish songs for children teach much more than basic vocabulary. Singing is a wonderful way to learn the sounds and structure of the language. These songs about colors, for example, have lots of adjective-noun agreement. As kids learn and sing these songs, they absorb this essential structure. Spanish songs for children are one of the most effective ways to use to authentic language with beginners.

These three songs in Spanish for children teach colors by using them in the context of the natural world. Much of the vocabulary is familiar; words like árbol, hoja, pato, sol, nube, mar and cielo. All three have videos that support the lyrics and help kids understand the language. All three are titled Los colores.

This first song is wonderful for beginning Spanish learners. It is by Rossana Conte from Torreón, México. I love the clear lyrics, and the images on the video match the words perfectly. The tempo of the song also makes it easy for children to sing along. The lyrics are on the video. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find an mp3 of this song for sale yet.  I have contacted Rossana Conte and I will let you know if one is available.

This second Spanish song for children is sung by Elizabeth from La casita de las muñequitas, a television show on Multimedios Televisión based in Monterrey, Mexico. The lyrics to this song are slightly more complicated than the last one, but there are lots of common words and lots of repetition. This video also has images that support the meaning of the words. The lyrics follow the video.

Verdes, verdes son los arbolitos,
verdes, verdes sus hojitas son.
Por eso yo quiero todo lo que es verde,
Verde, verde, verde es mi color.

Amarillo es el color del trigo,
amarillos mis patitos son.
Por eso yo quiero todo lo amarillo,
como el tibio rayito de sol.

Rosas, rosas son todas mis cosas,
rosas, rosas mis vestidos son.
Por eso yo quiero todo lo que es rosa,
como rama de durazno en flor.

Rojo, rojo es mi sombrerito,
rojo, rojo el botón en flor.
Por eso yo quiero todo lo que es rojo,
rojo, rojo, es mi corazón.

El celeste es el color del cielo,
celestitos tus ojitos son,
Por eso yo quiero todo lo celeste,
porque es el color de la ilusión.

Blanca, blanca es la nube viajera,
blancos, blancos mis dientitos son.
Por eso yo quiero todo lo que es blanco,
como suave copo de algodón.

The third of these Spanish songs for children is by Dámaris Gelabert, who also sings in Catalán. In addition to writing and performing her songs, she is a music therapist and professor. Dámaris Gelabert has a wonderful collection of CDs called Canciones para aprender for different age groups. The CDs, like the song Los colores, are available to download from Amazon.

This song is a guessing game. It describes four things, but does not mention the words. The video shows images of the items though, and they are all familiar: el mar, el tomate, el plátano, las espinacas. The lyrics follow the video.

De verde, rojo y azul,
Y de amarillo son,
Las cosas que veo a mí alrededor.
De verde, rojo y azul,
Y de amarillo son,
Las cosas que veo a mí alrededor.

Una cosita veo,
Que es de color azul,
Dentro viven los peces,
También puedes hacer surf,
O venga dímelo tu,
Es de color azul.

De verde, rojo y azul,
Y de amarillo son,
Las cosas que veo a mí alrededor.

Una cosita veo,
De color rojo es,
Se come en la ensalada,
Y zumo que bueno es,
O venga que puede ser,
De color rojo es.

De verde, rojo y azul,
Y de amarillo son,
Las cosas que veo a mí alrededor.

Una cosita veo,
Que de amarillo va,
Es una fruta dulce,
Y a los monos les encantará,
O venga dímelo ya,
De amarillo va.

De verde, rojo y azul,
Y de amarillo son,
Las cosas que veo a mí alrededor.

Una cosita veo,
Que verde es su color,
Muchas como Popeye,
Y por eso esta fortachón,
O venga adivínalo,
De verde es su color.

De verde, rojo y azul,
Y de amarillo son,
Las cosas que veo a mí alrededor.

Spanish songs for children

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