Inside: In this post, you can find a list of the best interactive bilingual Spanish toys for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers ages 2-5.
Are you raising a bilingual child in Spanish?
If so, you have come to the right place because here at Bilingual Beginnings, we offer bilingual parenting tips and free educational resources to supplement your child’s Spanish at home or in the school setting.
I am raising my almost-four-year-old son, Lennox, in my nonnative language Spanish, using the Minority Language at Home bilingual parenting approach.
Even though I consider myself fluent in Spanish, I have encountered many obstacles over the years trying to keep the minority language strong at home. One of which was not having the proper materials.
Thus, I started searching and searching for the best resources to supplement Spanish at home with Lennox, and that search inspired me to start this blog and share my tips with you all!
Well, today, I want to share a list of the best bilingual toys in Spanish to reinforce the minority language in your home.
Does your child have a fantastic interactive bilingual Spanish toy that is not on this list? Please share your knowledge in the comments below to help out fellow bilingual padres. =)
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The best toys to encourage language use are open-ended toys
First, I want to say that I am the biggest advocate of learning languages through play.
The interactive Spanish bilingual toys that I will mention below are great supplements for language acquisition. They introduce new vocabulary words to babies and toddlers, as well as provide entertainment.
However, I recommend not filling your house with these toys because they are “one and done toys.” One and done toys are considered the toys that light up and sing. Your child will explore all the toy’s features and sounds until exhaustion, and then once they have, they might never pick it up again. This is the case in my household, at least.
But I am not completely writing off all of these toys (obviously not, because i’m writing this post) because they can be resourceful for parents who do not speak Spanish and want to expose their kids to the Spanish language. It’s also a great way for parents to learn Spanish along with their child.
In my personal opinion and from experience, I have seen language flourish among children who are playing with open-ended toys like the ones listed in this post or simply with loose parts play.
You can find out more about loose parts play here. We are huge advocates of loose parts play, especially in nature!
Related: 20 Loose Parts Outdoor Activities for Preschoolers
Interactive Bilingual Spanish Toys
Last year, I did a guest blog post with LeapFrog titled “Encouraging Bilingual Beginnings in Young Children.” In return, I received a bundle of the LeapFrog bilingual products, and I can honestly say that I was super impressed.
Out of all of the toys Lennox received, his absolute favorites are the LeapFrog Learning books. Lennox received two the LeapFrog Learning Friends 100 words book and the 100 Animals book.
Let me say that, for starters, I was dumbfounded by the technology of these books. The touch quality is impressive. The pages are super skinny and feature different images and vocabulary on both sides of each page. Somehow, the slightest touch generates a word, sound, or music, depending on the three settings of the book.
Also, the vocabulary is extensive. I even learned new words!
I was mind blown, and Lennox too!
He loved to hear all of the words and sounds, and by the end of each read/exploration of the book, he would start DJing the different sounds!
These books also have a handle, so your toddler can carry it with them wherever they go!
You can buy both of the books for a discounted price here.
Lennox enjoyed the rest of the products too, but not quite as much as the books. Below you can find the rest of the bilingual Spanish toys by LeapFrog that came in out kit:
If you have a baby, get this activity table! It is so much fun and sings a bunch of fun songs in Spanish that will have your babies clapping along. Soon they will being cantando también!
- LeapFrog My First Learning Tablet
- LeapFrog Level Up and Learn Controller
- LeapFrog Learn & Groove Drum
This toy was not in our kit, but is a fun musical Spanish bilingual toy from LeapFrog too! With this adorable drum, your child can learn about colors, opposites and counting numbers in Spanish!Related: 50 + Best Christmas Gifts for 5-Year-Old Boys
More interactive bilingual Spanish toys
Here are some other great recommendations that I have found in regards to interactive bilingual toys.
- Mochoog Toy Piano
This bilingual piano has 18 cognitive cards in Spanish and English that will teach your children about the following categories: marine animals, nature, sports, stationery, transportation, instruments, food, fruit.
- Musical Turtle Toy
Explore four play modes that teach about happy songs, cute patterns, count numbers and ABC letters. And the turtle will crawl with the happy songs.
- Spanish Speaking Electronic Pet Dog
You child will love learning Spanish as this adorable Dalmatian chases her all around the house!
With this interactive Elmo, your kiddos will learn 12 phrases and 5 songs in Spanish and English! Who doesn’t love Elmo?
- Baby Einstein Glow and Discover Light Bar Activity Station
Your baby will love tummy time with this light up bilingual station!
- Nick Jr Canticos 8 Bilingual Songs
- Vtech Starshine the Bright Lights Unicorn
Choose from seven charms in the heart-shaped dish and place them on the three magic hearts to hear colors, objects and phrases in English and Spanish
- Bilingual Talking Poster
This poster is great learning tool for toddlers. It is great for working on numbers, letters, animals, and everyday items.
- INTMEDIC Baby Musical Toy
Other resources in Spanish for your toddler
I hope you enjoyed that list of fun and interactive bilingual toys!
I quickly want to mention some other resources that can help supplement Spanish input at home.
Flashcards are a great way to work on vocabulary! These Mudpuppy Illustrated Ring Flashcards are a set of 26 durable and laminated bilingual flashcards. They are great for toddlers and preschoolers!
But you could get FREE seasonal printable flashcards in Spanish by subscribing to Bilingual Beginnings using the form below.
There are also a few open-ended bilingual toys available on Amazon, such as the Ingenio Bilingual Learning Puzzle , the Wordy Macaroons Bilingual Playset , these Alphabet Block Toys , and these Wordy the EnSALADa food figurines.
Apart from interactive bilingual Spanish toys, I also highly recommend books. Reading is the BEST WAY to increase vocabulary in ANY language!
I have series of posts going on called Library Lunes, where on the first Monday of every month, I make a list of thematic picture books in Spanish. We own many of the books and have enjoyed them!
Check out all of our picture books in Spanish list here!
I can’t even begin to reiterate how much Spanish Lennox has learned from reading.
Even if you do not own books in Spanish, you can check out ways to read to your toddler in Spanish here.
Lastly, through open-ended play and sensory activities, you can get on eye level and play along with your child in Spanish. You will be surprised how much language they will pick up in the play setting. Check out some of our play-based activities below!
- Disney In Ice Escape Water Table STEM Activity for Toddlers
- Animal Washing Station Sensory Activity for Toddlers and Preschoolers
- Construction Zone Sensory Bean Box for Toddlers and Preschoolers
Thank you so much for sticking around til the end. I hope you found some inspiration in this post. If you did, let me hear what you think in the comments below!!!
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