Want a way to watch videos for entertainment and Spanish learning?
Can’t quite understand Spanish telenovelas?
Spanish videos for kids could be just the thing for you.
You don’t have to be a total newbie to enjoy them—videos for kids cover a range of age groups and Spanish skill levels.
Why Learn Spanish with Kids’ Videos and Cartoons?
There are plenty of reasons to learn Spanish with cartoons and other videos for kids—no matter how old you are! They are…
- Easy to understand. Kids’ shows and videos use simple Spanish that’s just perfect for those learning the language.
- Easy on the brain. They’re ideal for total escapism and don’t require much brainpower to follow, making them the ultimate way to combine relaxation with Spanish practice after a hard day’s work or study.
- Fun for everyone! If you do have children, nieces, nephews or young neighbors who are also learning Spanish, watching these shows can be a lovely way to bond together and encourage kids to enjoy learning a language.
- Short and sweet. Kids’ videos are typically so short that they require less commitment than watching a film or beginning a new TV show. You’re also probably less likely to binge on them than you are on the latest Netflix craze. Though that’s not to say you won’t get addicted… but at least your binge-watching will eat into less hours of your life, hopefully.
- Designed for learners. The repetitive nature of kids’ shows makes them ideal for repeating new vocabulary and language over and over. This means you’re more likely to remember it later and so are your kids. You could even try singing the songs or acting out parts of the show later on.
- They’re more than just shows! Shows aimed at children also often have accompanying educational material online, so the obsession with the show doesn’t have to stop once the video is finished.
Though this may not necessarily be a good thing if you’ve watched one too many episodes of “Dora La Exploradora.” Imagine if your child were well and truly obsessed to the point where you just can’t take it anymore! But this is unlikely to happen. Who doesn’t love Dora?
How to Learn Spanish with Videos and Cartoons for Kids
Do you feel like just watching these shows isn’t enough on its own?
You’re probably right.
If you’re serious about learning Spanish, watching videos is far more effective as a learning strategy if you actively watch, listen and record new vocabulary.
To do this, you’ll need to:
- Watch the shows more than once, especially if you don’t understand some parts.
- Be sure to rewind sections to catch everything that’s being said.
- Pause the show regularly. You can use this time to write down new vocabulary or to repeat what’s being said back at the TV.
- Try to learn songs by heart. Repetition is key. You could write down the lyrics if you’re having trouble.
Most of all, enjoy the experience and try to relax. This will most likely make learning easier and you might even find that you’ve picked up new vocabulary and language without even consciously noticing.
A great place to practice learning Spanish with authentic video content is FluentU.
FluentU takes real-world videos, like music videos, commercials, news and inspiring talks, and turns them into Spanish learning experiences.
Other sites use scripted content. FluentU uses a natural approach that helps you ease into the Spanish language and culture over time. You’ll learn Spanish as it’s actually spoken by real people.
FluentU has a wide variety of videos—topics like soccer, TV shows, business, movies and even magical realism. You’ll even find everything from “Let It Go” and “Hakuna Matata” to Bert and Ernie clips—not to mention some fun snippets from the videos I’ll be recommending!
FluentU brings native videos within reach with interactive transcripts. You can tap on any word to look it up instantly. Every definition has examples that have been written to help you understand how the word is used. If you see an interesting word you don’t know, you can add it to a vocab list.
Review a complete interactive transcript under the Dialogue tab, and find words and phrases listed under Vocab.
Learn all the vocabulary in any video with FluentU’s robust learning engine. Swipe left or right to see more examples of the word you’re on.
The best part is that FluentU keeps track of the vocabulary that you’re learning, and it recommends examples and videos to you based on the words you’ve already learned. Every learner has a truly personalized experience, even if they’re learning the same video.
Start using FluentU on the website with your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the App from iTunes or the Google Play store and bring FluentU’s innovative language-learning experience to your iOS and Android device.
Is YouTube Kids Available in Spanish?
In case you didn’t know, there’s a YouTube version specifically created for kids.
And yes, you can get it in Spanish! All you need to do is change your phone’s language to Spanish then download the app.
But… there’s a catch.
We at FluenU have tried the Spanish, English and Polish versions, and the only way the various language versions differ from each other is in the language of the interface.
This is great if you’re trying to get immersive, and know enough Spanish to be able to navigate the app in the language. But if you’re just looking for children’s videos to learn from in Spanish, you can just download the English version.
YouTube Kids is simply amazing. You can create a profile for yourself (and hey, for your kids too – make it a full-family learning experience!) and the suggestions you get will be completely personalized to you and your watching history. This means you can choose the level of the videos you want to watch and adapt it to your learning needs.
I recommend that you search for the word Español (Spanish) once inside the app. You’ll get hundreds of shows in Spanish for kids, all depending on the age range you’ve chosen.
I also love the four options you get over the results. These are Videos, Music, Learning and Exploring. You can choose what you want to watch an learn with depending on your mood.
Give YouTube Kids a try and find yourself learning without even realizing!
So where should you begin finding the best children’s videos to watch? Here are recommendations to get you started!
Cool Cartoons: 20 Spanish Videos for Kids That Teach and Entertain
Spanish Videos for Kids on YouTube
“BabyFirst” is the perfect way for absolute beginners to start their adventure with Spanish.
The videos have been specifically created for little kids, so there are very few words that get repeated a ton of times, lots of songs and a bunch of fun!
The videos normally range from 20 to 30 minutes, and each of them tackles a specific topic. Learn about numbers, farm animals, colors, shapes, Christmas, Easter and many other basic Spanish vocabulary words that every beginner to Spanish should have in their toolbox.
Visit the official website as well! There, you can get your hands on some free apps, activities and free printables, among other awesome stuff.
2. “¡QUÉ GUAY!”
“¡Qué Guay!” (How Cool!) is another great way to start your adventure with the Spanish language.
I personally use it with my three-year-old learners (yes, three years old!) and they thoroughly enjoy these cartoons.
Although not as easy as BabyFirst, “¡Qué Guay!” has also been created bearing little kids in mind, so you will find many basic topics here like numbers, colors, transportation, professions, etc.
The cartoons are divided into groups depending on who or what the main character is. The easiest videos are those from the BiBaBu and the “4 coches coloreados” (4 Colored Cars) series.
“Pocoyó” follows the adventures of its namesake, a young boy discovering the world around him along with his friends Pato, Elly and Pajaroto. Pocoyó interacts with the narrator (José María del Río in the Spanish version, Adal Ramones in the Latin American version and Stephen Fry in the English version) as he discovers new things in the world.
It’s a great way to learn new vocabulary at the same time as Pocoyó and the cartoon is sweet and easy to watch. The 3D animation is also simple and appealing.
If you love Pocoyó, you can see even more of him by watching his film or by playing his video games.
Watch “Pocoyó” in Spanish on YouTube. We also happen to have a great “Pocoyó” clip on FluentU.
Atiempopreescolar isn’t a horrible long word, it’s actually three: A tiempo preescolar, which can be translated as “Preschool on Time.”
Join Chocolo the dog and his animal friends in hundreds of short adventures that’ll teach you everything from the vowels and the numbers to the five senses and the colors in Spanish.
Each short video teaches about one specific topic with the help of a song. These songs will definitely get stuck in your head—which means you won’t soon forget the information contained within!
There are also videos that tackle other everyday topics like taking a bath and how people are different, just to name a couple.
In “Zoobabu,” everything revolves around animals. Animal lovers (and lovers of all things cute) will enjoy learning with it!
I’m in love with these cartoons. Each chapter contains several riddles, and a little girl has to solve them.
Her mission, of course, is to guess the animal in each two-minute episode.
At the beginning of each riddle, you can see a mysterious animal, or rather a white screen with a white, two-eyed box. The box talks and interacts with the little girl, and it tries to describe an animal to the girl, transforming itself into that animal progressively, until the girl solves the riddle.
The amazing thing about Zoobabu is not only the clever idea behind its riddles, but also the fact that each of them only takes around two minutes. Learn the names of animals with this charming show and pick up on how to ask and answer questions.
“Daniel Tigre” (called “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood” in its English version) tells the story of Daniel, a sweet little preschool tiger.
These cartoons were carefully designed with preschoolers in mind. They’re meant to teach kids about social interaction, social strategies and the emotions that a four-year-old child can experience. This means you can learn intermediate Spanish the way that Spanish-speaking kids actually learn it.
Daniel also learns (and teaches the viewers along the way) everyday routines like washing his hands, helping to care for his little sister and eating. The social component of the cartoon is obvious when you have a look at the list of episodes: “Making mistakes and learning from them,” “I love you, mummy,” “Being sick,” “Friends help each other,” etc.
All in all, it’s the perfect cartoon series for learners who want to learn everyday Spanish with realistic (but simple) dialogue and practical applications.
“El niño que lo sabe todo” is an Argentinian cartoon character and an adorable superhero. He’s “The Boy Who Knows it All” (or perhaps better translated into superhero format as “Know-it-all Boy”) who swoops in to save the day with well-informed answers to all the difficult questions asked by his friend, Zamba.
Zamba has lot of great questions about democracy, human rights and topics like voting and the history of Latin America. The issues are explained through an appealing, colorful and thorough series of cartoons. There’s a focus on Argentinian history, and an episode about a trip to the Argentinian government house, the Casa Rosada, was nominated for the 2014 Emmy Kids Awards.
You can watch the series on YouTube. There are even a few “Zamba” clips over at FluentU!
Though this series is primarily about delivering history and politics lessons (with a generally progressive-leaning political stance), it’s also easy to understand thanks to the accompanying visuals and clearly-stated questions from Zamba. The characters are also rather endearing and you’ll soon decide on your favorite characters and episodes.
“The Vain Little Mouse” is a popular folk tale about a mouse who has various suitors that come to her house. A pig, dog and cat are just some of the characters who ask her to marry them.
She always asks them “¿Y por las noches, que me dirás?” (What will you say to me at night?) and is mostly displeased with their answers, which come in the form of various animal noises. This is a sweet story with a happy ending and, clocking in at under seven minutes long, it’s very easy to watch.
It’s also very repetitive in terms of the things the mouse says, so it’s a good one to watch and repeat, especially with children. You could even try acting out the story once you’re done.
This story is available to watch on YouTube, as are many other short versions of fairytales in Spanish such as “El Patito Feo” (The Ugly Duckling) and “El Gato en Botas” (Puss in Boots). If you type in “cuentos infantiles,” into YouTube you’ll get a whole list of other short videos of fairytales.
“Cantoalegre TV” is a YouTube channel made specifically for Spanish native kids. However, the language it contains and the way it’s presented makes it pretty accessible. Most videos come with Spanish subtitles so you can follow along with the audio.
The channel includes karaoke, music videos and a lot of cuentos (fairytales).
I you’re learning with children, check out the series of videos called Música en Casa (Music at Home), created for kids who are home from school. The videos are very professionally made, and they include choreography and karaoke songs with the lyrics on-screen. No kids? Dance anyway! No one’s watching.
Here are two language varieties of a super sweet cartoon so you can have access to both major Spanish dialects!
Simón is a little rabbit who lives with his brother and parents.
This show wasn’t created to teach Spanish, so you should have a basic knowledge of the language already if you want to understand what’s going on.
This cartoon series focuses on universal concepts like love, respect, friends, family, etc. It’s the perfect cartoon for learners who have the basics down and want to start discussing more abstract ideas.
Does “Sesame Street” make you nostalgic for your childhood? You can go on a nostalgia trip… in Spanish!
“Sésamo” has hundreds of videos that range from around 30 seconds to two minutes in length. You’ll never get bored, since there are many different topics and themes being discussed in these clips.
What I love the most about “Sésamo” is the fact that they’ve grouped their videos into categories.
For example, if you feel like learning through song, you can choose the Canta #Conmigo (Sing #With Me) playlist. If you want to dance along, you have the Haz Yoga #Conmigo (Do Yoga #With Me) or the A bailar (Let’s dance) playlists.
There a lot of different categories, which means there are lots of different things you can learn.
The “Wild Kratts” is that kind of cartoon show that not only kids enjoy, but also adults, especially if they’re interested in nature.
Chris and Martin Kratt are two brothers who love exploring nature. They teach about wild animals, animal behavior, animal habitats and endangered species, all with a pinch of humor and a ton of adventure.
If I had to describe this cartoon series, I would say it’s educational without seeming educational. In addition to learning nature-related words in Spanish, you’ll also learn a lot of facts about animals and wildlife, animal adaptation and habitat conservation.
13. “Los Pitufos”
“Los Pitufos” are none other than “The Smurfs”!
The Smurfs are little blue gnomes who love learning, caring for each other and helping each other. Generally speaking, this cartoon focuses on being together and the importance of family and friendship. This show is ideal for high intermediate to advanced learners—you won’t find any episode teaching numbers or colors.
This is a “normal” cartoon, not an educational cartoon. You should have a solid base in Spanish if you expect to understand the show.
If you’re wondering how you get from the name “Smurfs” to “Los Pitufos” in Spanish, I had no idea myself until I did my research for this post. It turns out the word pitufo comes from Catalan folklore. Have a look at En Patufet (which is just the proper noun Patufet with the noun particle en) and tell me he doesn’t look like a Smurf!
Other Places to Watch Spanish Videos for Kids
“Dora la Exploradora” is the Spanish version of the beloved “Dora the Explorer” and is a fun cartoon aimed at pre-school kids. Dora, who is seven years old, goes on adventures with her friend Botas (a.k.a. Boots) the monkey, with each episode featuring a different mission or journey.
This interactive show has space for viewers to shout their opinions at the screen or sing along with Dora. In the English version, Dora teaches her viewers Spanish and in the Spanish version, she teaches them English. You could start with the English version, especially if you’re watching with children, but the Spanish one is much more useful if you’re really serious about learning español.
The songs are perfect for repetition to aid learning, and there are eight whole seasons available waiting for you if you really get into the program.
You can watch the show on the Spanish Nickelodeon site.
15. “Los Simpson”
Well-known series “The Simpsons” is shown all over the world in various languages. It’s arguably a more adult cartoon, but it’s also family-friendly and generally pleasant for older children to watch. And honestly, we’ve all grown to know and love this classic show from our childhoods onward.
The Spanish or Latin American versions of the series, “Los Simpson” are fun viewing with added language practice. You can watch episodes you already know in Spanish, or choose one you haven’t seen and try to see if you can understand the jokes.
You may have to adjust your ears, however, as it can be strange at first to hear Homer, Marge, Bart and Lisa with different voices. Once you get used it, though, you might find it hard to switch back to the English version. Perhaps you’ll even prefer “Homero” to Homer!
Try comparing the Spanish from Spain and Latin American Spanish versions for an extra challenge.
It’s a bit harder to get a hold of legally uploaded episodes of this one than the previous four shows, but we have some suggestions about where to watch it in our post about learning Spanish with “Los Simpson.”
Now that you have a great selection of Spanish videos for kids, you can boot them up and learn Spanish with these entertaining cartoons.
Sit back, relax and enjoy being a kid for a day.
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