6 Great Spanish Apps for Kids

Learning Spanish has bever been easier: These bilingual apps help kids brush up on their español while promoting cultural diversity. A win-win! 

Spanish School Bus for Kids

Spanish School Bus for Kids App Chungaboo

Inspired by the Montessori approach of self-guided activity and collaborative play, this app has fast-paced games to help kids master 300 words for colors and shapes to describe food, animals, and travel. Challenging questions accelerate instruction as kids get older. High achievers who score bonus points learn fun facts about Latin-American culture. Ages 6+, free; iTunes

Ana Lomba’s Spanish for Kids: La Gallina Roja

Ana Lomba’s Spanish for Kids La Gallina Roja Ana Lomba Early Languages LLC

A hardworking red hen schools lazy farm animals in this Spanish language version of The Little Red Hen by early-language education expert and author Ana Lomba. With nine different scenes of varying lengths, the story can be broken into different lessons, and kids can pick up right where they left off. Ages 4+, free; iTunes

Juana y los amigos de la granja/Juana la Iguana Goes to the Farm

Juana la Iguana Goes to the Farm App Juana la Iguana, LLC

Latin America’s favorite lizard, Juana la Iguana, gets digitized in this language-building app that features matching and memory games. Children will learn Spanish words for colors, fruits, and animals as Juana and her friends explore life on the farm. Ages 2–5, $2; iTunes

Los que comen los ratones/What Mice Eat

What Mice Eat App eMutation New Media SL

Stuart Little meets Sherlock Holmes in this interactive tale about a curious mouse who can’t recall what to eat. Kids have a hand in the direction of the story, which has memorable characters and a twist ending. Highlighted words help with reading. Ages 6+, $2; iTunes

Endless Spanish

Endless Spanish App Originator Inc.

Children will get a kick out of seeing words such as grande get bigger and flor open and bloom. “The app has a colorful environment that is really appealing,” says Maria O. Alvarez, the director of Latino content and outreach at Common Sense Media, a kids media and technology ratings website. Ages 2–5, free; iTunes

Pili Pop Español

Pili Pop Espanol App Pili Pop Labs

Say adios to boredom with this subscriptionbased app that increases everyday vocabulary through themes such as dress-up, sea animals, cooking, and art. “A new character every month lets users practice the language in different scenarios (like helping a chef or assisting a veterinarian),” Alvarez says. Ages 6+, the basic version is free and subscriptions start at $10 per month; iTunes