When kids first start learning a language, repetition is key. Hearing, speaking, and writing the language helps kids learn the language and internalize it so that it’s easy to learn more advanced vocabulary and concepts.
HLS students get weekly Spanish lessons at school, but to keep them engaged and actively learning Spanish, it’s great to help your child learn Spanish at home. One easy way to help your child practice Spanish is by letting them use educational apps that teach Spanish vocabulary and basic grammar concepts so that your child can practice their vocab, as well as their reading, writing, and speaking skills.
The following educational apps help kids practice Spanish through games and challenges. These apps are designed to keep your kid excited and engaged, and they won’t take up your kid’s hour of screen time—all it takes is 5 to 15 minutes a day of practice.
Apps for Kids Learning Spanish
Duolingo is a great app for older kids (ages 13 and up) who want to practice their vocabulary and grammar every day. Duolingo gamifies the language learning process by tracking how many XP you gain each day and tracking how many days in a row you can meet your daily goal. Kids can move through lessons on various subjects, such as travel, restaurants, family, school, and shopping; lessons get harder as kids learn more of the vocabulary in each subject. Some of the vocabulary is geared toward older learners and isn’t as relevant to kids, but overall, Duolingo will help your kid learn basic Spanish vocabulary and grammar. The app is free but does display ads.
2. Gus on the Go!
Gus on the Go! was developed by parents to help their kids learn languages. The app teaches Spanish through classic stories with silly twists. Kids meet new characters and explore Spanish as they move through the story with games and lesson reviews. The app costs $3.99.
3. Droplets: Drops for Kids
Droplets: Drops for Kids is the kid’s version of the app Drops: Language Learning. In many ways, it’s similar to Drops, but has more kid-friendly vocab, teaches kids how to learn foreign alphabets, and lets parents add multiple profiles so each kid can have their own profile. The app offers interactive Spanish vocabulary games for kids using audio, text, and pictures to help kids learn and understand the language. The free version of the app allows a max of five minutes of playtime per day; if your kid wants to work on their Spanish more each day, monthly or yearly subscriptions are available. This app is for ages 8 and up.
4. The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends: First Words
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends: First Words is a digital popup first word book with multiple languages, including Spanish. Your child can learn basic words in Spanish while enjoying the Eric Carle illustrations. Kids can tap on the illustrated animals, food, insects, and people to see the word in print and hear it said, and you can select two languages so that the word is said in both English and Spanish. There’s also a quiz for kids at the end so they can test their knowledge. The interface is easy for kids to use, and it’s a fun app to do together with your young child. The app is for ages 2 and up and costs $3.99.
Using Kid-Friendly Apps to Learn Spanish
As always, be sure to monitor your child’s screen time and know what they’re doing on the internet. Talk to them about what they’re learning on Spanish language apps. You can also do activities on these apps with your kid and pick up some Spanish yourself!