My girls have heard two languages since birth: Spanish and English. Our greatest desire is for them to be fluent in both languages and learn to love both of our cultures. Unfortunately, it’s already plain to see that our three year old knows English far better than Spanish. We know this is probably because I stay at home and our girls hear English constantly. Since my husband works outside the home, he is around them for maybe 3 hours each day during the week. This leaves very few opportunities to really soak in his native language.
My husband is from Argentina, and he would prefer that our girls learn Castellano (Spanish) from Argentina. He doesn’t want them to learn Mexican Spanish or Peruvian Spanish or even Spain Spanish. He wants them to know his language.
Occasionally, I will let my girls watch a show on YouTube that is in Spanish, but there are very few that are great choices. In fact, we haven’t seen very many shows in Argentine Spanish for their age group at all. So I have tried my hardest to take note of the shows we like the best and gather them together for anyone who has a budding Spanish speaker in their home.
Here is the list of YouTube Spanish channels that are great for kids ages 2-5. I have listed the English counterpart for each one (if there is one) and given the country of origin if I was able to find that out.
There are a variety of shows you can watch through the Disney Junior channels on YouTube including Tsum Tsum, Princess Sofia, Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, and Doc McStuffins.
You can also go straight to Disney Junior’s website to watch short videos in Spanish.
El Pollito Pio
It’s not technically a show, but El Pollito Pio is highly entertaining. Very annoying for adults, of course, but children LOVE it. The song was popular in Brazil in the 80s, and it became famous in Italy in 2012 when it was given a do-over. It has since been translated into several European languages, including Spanish and English.
El Reino Infantil
With over a billion views, El Reino Infantil is a highly popular and entertaining channel on YouTube. You can watch shows about the farm, the zoo, numbers, ABCs, and more.
La Gallina Pintadita
La Gallina Pintadita started out as a Brazilian children’s show (Galinha Pintadinha) and grew exponentially in less than 10 years time. Now it has been translated to both Spanish and English. This is one that we have watched numerous times because it is so addicting (yes, even for me!).
The purpose of Leoncito Alado is to entertain children and teach them values. Several of the shows are lullabies and classical music that can help your baby sleep.
Little Baby Bum
Do a search for any children’s song on YouTube and you’ll likely run across Little Baby Bum. It is a channel that hails from the United Kingdom. We often watch one of these shows when I do a quick search for a song we are learning.
Peppa Pig is a show about a family of pigs with the star of the show being Peppa, the sister pig. This is another show that started in the UK.
I prefer to watch Sesame Street over Plaza Sésamo, probably because the voices are
more tolerable different. The benefit, though, is all the extra vocabulary that your child might not otherwise hear at home. Sesame Street is an American kid’s show and Plaza Sésamo is from Mexico.
Plim Plim is an adorable short show that features a clown and his friends. The clown, Plim Plim, is a superhero of sorts and always shows up when his friends need help. This show comes from a folk song in Argentina, and it was created for Disney Junior.
I’d say Pocoyó is our favorite Spanish show of all. It’s highly entertaining, and I often find myself watching it even if the girls leave the room. 😉 It is a show from Spain and has been translated into UK English as well as many other languages.
Toy Cantando is a channel on YouTube that has a lot of music and short stories. We haven’t seen many of the shows yet, but I think this will be a great one to use for our at-home preschool for story time.
These final two shows are both from Argentina, but I haven’t let my girls watch them yet because I feel like they are for an older age group. Maybe by age 5 they will start watching them.
Mafalda (YouTube won’t let me link to playlist anymore)
If you want to find a show that is from your spouse’s (or your) home country, check out this really great list.
If you are raising a bilingual child, I’m dying to know, what Spanish shows do you watch on YouTube?