It’s never too early to learn a language. What could be more fun than Spanish for kids on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad? Not much. Here are six language learning apps that entertain and teach at the same time.
Age rating: 1+ | Price: $1.99
Peekaboo Barn is a fantastic educational app for babies and toddlers new to playing apps whether it’s on the iPhone, iPod touch or iPad. Touch the little red barn to open the doors and find out which animal is inside.
You have the option of having the names of the animals read in English or in Spanish as well as in a child’s voice for the English version. It’s great that the app also spells out the name of the animal for older children who are learning to read. Your kids will love the animal sounds and shaking the iPhone to get a new animal in the barn.
You might already have this app classic in your collection and not know that there is a Spanish language feature to Wheels on the Bus. The words on the app describing the page “The wheels on the bus go round and round” remain in English, but click on the musical note to find an option for the song to be sung to your child in Spanish, French, German or other languages.
Age rating: 1+ | Price: $4.99
FirstWords: Spanish is an engaging app that teaches children to recognize letters, words, shapes, animals and more. It’s terrific that FirstWords has added an app that’s entirely in Spanish. Worth the high price considering your child is learning so much at the same time their being entertained and challenged.
Touch a letter to hear how it sounds, and then after the letters are placed correctly to complete the word, the word is pronounced and the graphic spins and makes noise as a reward to the child. Great to have your child play when you want to show off to parents who aren’t as tech friendly with their kids. I love that you get so many more pages than with the original FirstWords.
What? A clever Spanish language app that doesn’t cost a dime? Just when you think you’ll be paying extra for second language apps, here comes Feed Me! (Spanish) – Pencilbot Preschool, a terrific app completely for free.
Kids solve color, shape, pattern and math puzzles by dragging the appropriate items into the happy monster’s mouth for him to eat up. Choose the wrong object and your monster may get sick. Available in multiple languages including Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, French, German and more.
Rosita’s Jump Count is a simple app that helps your child learn to count in both English and Spanish. Watch Rosita jump rope at the same time as the user (yes, kids need to jump for the app to work) and she calls out the number as you jump.
I wish there was a feature that let you choose whether you wanted her to count in Spanish vs. English, but she changes it out often enough. It works with the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, but makes more sense with the first two devices. Just make sure your phone or touch has a protective casing in case your child drops it.
Kids Spanish is the full strength version of Kids Spanish Lite (only Colores and Numbers). Great sound effects help your child’s early recognition with objects, numbers and colors. As your child touches the symbol, the app reads the name in Spanish. I loved the sound effects and bright colors.
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