Best Gifts for the Young Child Learning Spanish

You want your toddler, preschooler, early elementary child to learn Spanish in a fun way, hands-on, without it really seeming like a language class.

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Here you will find a running list of ideas for games and ways to teach content in Spanish to young children. These are the very same things they will need to learn in their first language (i.e. English). Using these items, they will be expanding their Spanish vocabulary in an effortless manner.

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The kids will find entertainment putting this large cardboard Spanish floor puzzle together. Melissa & Doug Spanish Alphabet Jumbo Jigsaw Floor Puzzle. It promotes early literacy, letter recognition, letter-object recognition, and Spanish language skills.  Another great puzzle option is this wooden one, Melissa & Doug See-Inside Spanish Alphabet Wooden Peg Puzzle.

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Practice color-name recognition with this egg-puzzle that teaches names of colors in Spanish, matching, and sorting. BeginAgain Color ‘N Eggs Matching Puzzle – Educational Puzzle – Learn with the Color Puzzle that has English AND Spanish! – Fun Puzzle Game + Perfect Preschool Puzzle 

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You could also put word-object puzzles together like this one that uses a picture, the word for the object in English at the top, the Spanish on the bottom. This puzzle could be used for a long time, a great asset for the homeschool as well. You could work on spelling, making sentences (or silly ones!), story starters, etc.  It can be done independently as well, since it is self-checking. Ingenio Spellable Bilingual Spelling Game helps children build vocabulary in English and Spanish. 

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Children love to learn new songs, dance to music. Why not get them a new Music CD with fun Spanish songs? They will build on vocabulary and learn to say new sentences without even meaning to! Coloreando: Traditional Songs for Children in Spanish is available as a CD. You can hear a preview of each of the songs and purchase one at a time if desired. Another option for Spanish music is José Luis Orosco  de Colores. It has traditional songs, his voice sounds really nice, nice music. I even sing along!

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