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13 Gifts That Make Learning Spanish Fun For Kids

They'll thank you when they're older. Trust us.
Oh the places they'll go with two languages!
Oh the places they'll go with two languages!

Raising bilingual kids can be an arduous task, but the long-term benefits knowing a second language can have on a child’s life is well worth it. 

Studies have found that children who know more than one language are better at switching between tasks, and those who continue speaking multiple languages throughout their life can look forward to having better “cognitive flexibility” and a sharper brain in old age than those who only spoke one language in their adult life. 

And if that wasn’t enough, bilingual kids are also better problem solvers.

It takes plenty of work to make sure your children grow up bilingual, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun.

Here are 13 great gifts to help your child master both English and Spanish: 

  • 1 Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Bilingual Learning Kitchen
    $39.99, Amazon. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Laugh-Learn-Learning-Kitchen/dp/B00CQHYZ8I/ref=sr_1_1?amp=&ie=UT
    $39.99, Amazon. Buy it here.

    This kitchen play set comes with four modes of play: music, imagination, learning and learning in Spanish. It's the perfect way to cook up a good time while teaching your child words and greetings in a second language.  
  • 2 First 100 Words, Bilingual Edition
    $5.99, Roger Priddy. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/First-100-Words-Bilingual-Spanish/dp/0312515839/ref=pd_bxgy_21_img_2?_en
    $5.99, Roger Priddy. Buy it here.

    Jump start their Spanish and English vocabulary simultaneously with this bilingual board book. Each page features a new every day object, person, food or pet labeled with the accompanying English and Spanish word.
  • 3 Discovery Kids' Teach & Talk Bilingual Tablet
    $24.99, Best Buy. <a href="http://www.bestbuy.com/site/discovery-kids-teach-talk-bilingual-tablet-blue/6304896.p?skuId=630489
    $24.99, Best Buy. Buy it here.

    This tablet let's kids play over 60 built-in activities in both English and Spanish. 
  • 4 Bilingual North America Map And Puzzle
    $19.29, Ingenio. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/North-America-Map-Bilingual-Puzzle/dp/B002JQWM9K/ref=sr_1_9/192-3810383-8578
    $19.29, Ingenio. Buy it here.

    Piece by piece, kids will learn about North American geography in both Spanish and English with this puzzle. The map has each country and state labeled in both languages!  
  • 5 Colorful Spanish Flashcards
    $5.00,&nbsp;Little Graphics. <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/225964487/spanish-flashcards-for-kids-printable?ref=relate
    $5.00, Little Graphics. Buy it here.

    While your kids are learning their ABCs in school, take out these colorful flashcards at home to teach them their ABCs in Spanish. The quirky illustrations make them fun and easy tools for raising a bilingual child.
  • 6 Magnetic Word Tiles In English And Spanish
    $18.95, Magnetic Poetry. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Magnetic-Poetry-Kids-Spanish-Kit/dp/1890560871/ref=sr_1_3?amp=&ie=UT
    $18.95, Magnetic Poetry. Buy it here.

    This kit comes with over 200 magnetic tiles, each with an English word on one side and its Spanish equivalent on the other. Get ready for some bilingual poetry from your 5 year old!
  • 7 Spanish Number And Food Chart Placemat
    $14.00, Bebe Bilingual. <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/98422342/kids-spanish-number-and-food-chart?ref=related-5" targ
    $14.00, Bebe Bilingual. Buy it here.

    This bilingual placemat introduces kids to numbers and food, in Spanish, while their waiting for dinner to be served. The back gives them space to doodle and write on the easy to clean surface.
  • 8 "Counting With / Contando Con Frida" Book
    $8.24, Lil' Libros. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Counting-Contando-Frida-Patty-Rodriguez/dp/1495126560/ref=pd_sbs_14_t_0?_
    $8.24, Lil' Libros. Buy it here.

    Kids can learn to count in both English and Spanish with this Frida-inspired board book. Lil' Libros' bilingual books teach kids numbers, letters, colors, objects and more in both languages while exposing them to Latino figures and culture.
  • 9 Dora The Explorer Bilingual Learning Pad
    $24.99, Amazon. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N52LHVP?psc=1&tag=thehuffingtop-20&tag=thehuffingtop-20" target="_blank
    $24.99, Amazon. Buy it here.

    Dora is here help with all your bilingual needs! With this learning pad, she'll teach any kid simple words, letter sounds, spelling, numbers and more in English and Spanish. 

  • 10 English And Spanish Memory Matching Game
    $10.67, C.R. Gibson. <a href="https://www.amazon.com/English-Spanish-Matching-C-R-Gibson/dp/B00T69TNU4/ref=sr_1_27?amp=&ie=UT
    $10.67, C.R. Gibson. Buy it here.

    A classic memory game with a bilingual twist! One card shows an illustration with the accompanying English word, while its match shows the same illustration with the accompanying Spanish word!
  • 11 Trilingual Shapes & Colors Puzzle
    $11.99, Toys R Us. <a href="http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=90195986&amp;cp=&amp;parentPage=search" target
    $11.99, Toys R Us. Buy it here.

    Want your kids to reach for the stars? This trilingual puzzle will help them identify a star and other shapes in English, Spanish and French. 
  • 12 Children's CD "Coloreando"
    $13.19, Marta Gomez.&nbsp;<a href="https://www.amazon.com/Coloreando-Traditional-Songs-Children-Spanish/dp/B00FEFOINQ?tag=the
    $13.19, Marta Gomez. Buy it here.

    This Grammy-winning CD by Colombian singer Marta Gomez is the perfect way to introduce a child to traditional children's songs in Spanish. 
  • 13 Parts Of The Body Spanish Worksheets
    $7.50,&nbsp;Little Graphics. <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/229659711/learning-spanish-parts-of-the-body-in?ga_order=m
    $7.50, Little Graphics. Buy it here.

    Go beyond singing "head, shoulders, knees and toes" with these illustrated worksheets that teach kids different parts of the body in Spanish. 
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