How to Learn Spanish for Kids

Encouraging kids to explore Spanish websites can help them develop language skills as well as build a range of other skills such as empathy and creativity.

In this article, I’ve compiled eight of the best (and often free) websites to learn Spanish for kids.


Best for Absolute Beginners: Rockalingua


Rockalingua uses music to teach Spanish to young children. While $10 a month (or $99 for a year) will get you full access, many of their videos, games, songs, worksheets and vocabulary lists are available for free.

The videos on this site emphasize the importance of repetition for vocabulary retention. This makes them a valuable resource for young children and beginning Spanish speakers. 

Their songs teach a variety of vocabulary words, and manage to sneakily work in a few grammar concepts.

They also offer a number of useful picture dictionaries, which can be accessed online or downloaded. They’re broken up into categories like parts of the body, school day routines, family and more.

These picture dictionaries are great for early readers. Plus, they come with related videos and activities, conveniently organized in one place.

Best for Authentic Content: FluentU

FluentU can be great for kids as it’s all video-based and highly engaging.

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You can find short video clips from Spanish cartoons, children’s songs and fun educational videos on basic topics like the weather and transportation. 

As they watch, young learners will learn new vocabulary from the interactive subtitles and take personalized quizzes to test their knowledge. The app’s flashcard feature will help them review and memorize new words and phrases. 

FluentU content isn’t filtered for kids, so I recommend that parents supervise their learning on this platform or use this with older children.

Best for Listening Practice: “Salsa”salsa-logo

This great series to learn Spanish for kids is produced by Georgia Public Broadcasting. “Salsa” uses animation, live action, puppets and music in 42 entertaining, kid-friendly episodes for first-time Spanish learners.

The short episodes feature familiar characters like Ricitos de Oro (Goldilocks) and Caperucita Roja (Little Red Riding Hood). This blending of familiar stories and a new language makes “Salsa” accessible even to beginner or intermediate speakers.

Each episode is accompanied by a PDF transcript of the Spanish audio, presented side-by-side with English translations. They also come with a related activity, downloadable in PDF form. 

Alongside all of these resources, “Salsa” also offers a few simple games for young children

PBS-Kids-logoBest for Interactive Games: PBS Kids Spanish

This PBS Kids site really takes the cake for interactive Spanish-learning games!  These games work Spanish language skills while also allowing young children to practice other skills such as counting, colors and shape recognition. 

PBS Kids Spanish offers games for all levels of Spanish speakers. In a game like Lost and Found, children can help a bilingual group of friends discover lost objects. More advanced Spanish learners can join Curious George in games like Igual para todos (Equal for All) where they’ll have to equally divide treats between a number of dogs. 

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Games like these are great for immersive learning—kids must work to understand a native Spanish speaker in order to figure out how to play the game! Many games are available in English as well. 

Best for Full Immersion: Plaza SésamoPlaza-Sésamo-logo

Plaza Sésamo offers great videos, audio resources, games, stories, songs, articles and printable activities. Even better, these resources are specifically geared toward a native Spanish-speaking audience.

This means that the resources may be difficult for beginning Spanish speakers—at first. But the benefit is that it offers a fully immersive learning experience for young children.

In other words, Plaza Sésamo will teach young children to absorb Spanish media designed for native speakers. This will lead to quick gains in Spanish literacy and comprehension skills.

True to the “Sesame Street” brand, these resources are especially great because they teach important values and lessons about acceptance, tolerance, health, social consciousness and environmental awareness. also offers online clips from its show “Sesame Amigos” (“Sesame Friends”).

Duolingo-logoBest for Gamification: Duolingo

This language-learning course plays like a video game, where kids can work to build up a streak or race against the clock. This sense of play and competition makes Duolingo super enjoyable and motivates kids to continue practicing Spanish

Duolingo relies heavily on repetition to help learners naturally memorize new words and verb conjugations. This is especially useful for getting kids to learn in an immersive way. 

Young ones certainly don’t want to drill grammar worksheets any more than you do—getting them to absorb Spanish through repetitive but fun games can be much more effective.

Master words through quizzes with context
  • Learn words in the context of sentences
  • Swipe left or right to see more examples from other videos
  • Go beyond just a superficial understanding
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Another cool feature is that you can track your young student’s progress over time. The website starts at absolute beginner and allows young learners to access progressively more challenging material.

Best for Self-guided Learning: BBC Primary Languages SpanishBBC-Primary-Languages-Spanish-logo

BBC’s free Spanish language resources are great for slightly older students (ages 7-11) at the beginner to intermediate level.

For each of the vocabulary topics, you’ll find a Spanish-English word list with a clickable pronunciation guide, plus topic-specific videos, photos, songs and games.

Let the student pick the topic that most appeals to them and then explore the vocabulary and apply it to games and other activities.

As it’s a UK-based resource, it’s more geared toward European Spanish than Latin American Spanish. There’s even a whole subtopic on Spain’s culture, history and society complete with songs and videos!

One important note: on the website, you have to choose KS2 (Year 3 and above) to have the option to choose the Spanish subject.

The-Spanish-Experiment-logo Best for Children’s Stories: The Spanish Experiment

The Spanish Experiment offers five popular children’s stories that come with audio and video, as well as image-heavy text with English translations available. 

In the audio recordings and videos, the story is read slowly by a native Spanish speaker so your children will hear an authentic accent and correct pronunciation.

The story offerings include classics like “Little Red Riding Hood” and “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” plus an original story called “The Bird and The Whale.” Since your children likely already know most of these stories, they can more easily follow along.

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With these websites, children can work their Spanish language skills in the comfort of their own home—often while having fun exploring games, songs and videos online.

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