My toddler attends a two-year old preschool class where he is learning a lot of fun stuff. Although I am very happy and thankful with his new experiences, this stage reminds me to be more intentional with his Spanish learning. For example, he started learning numbers last week. So I want to make sure I can teach numbers in Spanish at home.
I have to confess that he is obsessed with numbers. He is counting his numbers from sunrise to sunset. Whenever that crazy kid is getting ready to jump (which is 99.9% of his awake time!,) he usually warns me about what is coming with a “1, 2 and 3.” Super kind of him, right? If you are also interested to teach numbers in Spanish to your kids, these fun activities and resources will help you!
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Spanish Counting Activities.
As a typical young child, my son’s attention span is super short! That means that I need to be creative and engaging with the resources that I use to reinforce his Spanish learning. I know there are so many great options in the internet and libraries to help us to teach this beautiful language to our children. But, I have found out that the most effective ways to teach Spanish to my kids when they are young is through games and activities.
Teaching numbers is super easy because there are numbers all around. Here are a few suggestions for you:
- Point out all the numbers you see when you are out and about: clock, car number plates, telephone numbers, tag prices, etc.
- Write the numbers into ten small pieces of paper and hide them round the house. Ask your child to find them and tell you what number they found.
- Get a bottle of bubbles from the dollar store and count each bubble together.
- Go for a walk and find a group of rocks, leaves or sticks and count them when you are back home
- Draw numbers in the sand (or even dirt!)
Spanish Counting Songs
Singing songs is a fun way to learn a language. Check out our favorite Spanish counting songs to teach kids to count from 1 – 10. In case, you are interested or easy learning of numbers in Spanish, this selection of songs will help you!
- Numbers Song in Spanish. Cancion de los Números
- Spanish Counting Song 1-10
- ¿Cuántas manzanas hay?
- 1, 2, 3
Spanish Counting Bilingual Books (aff links)
Diez deditos de las manos y Diez deditos de los pies / Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes bilingual board book
This is one of my favorite books ever! The illustrations are gorgeous and get my toddler’s attention. I love the “story line” that all babies or all colors and cultures have 10 little fingers and 10 little toes.
Counting With / Contando Con Frida
This baby board book uses a simple one word/one image per page format to introduce numbers and Mexican painter, Frida Kahlo.
123 Si!: An Artistic Counting Book in English and Spanish
Teach your child how to count from 1 to 10 in Spanish and English while being introduced to the world of art.
My Very First Book of Numbers / Mi primer libro de números: Bilingual Edition
This is a must-to-have book because of Eric Carle. He is one of the greatest children’s book creators of all time. Plus, this bilingual book does a great job at teaching young kids to multiple references for numbers.
Spanish Counting Apps
The following apps are great tool to reinforce…. They are designed for children 18 months to 3 years. You can also check out this list of the best apps for easy learning of numbers in English.
Teachers often say that immersion is the best way to learn a language. Oftentimes, it’s not an option to immerse yourself into a different language because everyone around you doesn’t speak Spanish. However, having a Spanish learning tool with you on your iPhone or Android wherever you go allows you to be as close as possible to immersion as possible.
This fun app introduces the concept of counting by 1s, counting by 2s, and number recognition in Spanish with 4 games. This is
Spanish Números – 1 to 100 is a delightful app to learn the numbers from 1 to 100 in Spanish. It teaches the relationship between the number and its text and voice representations.