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Marnie’s Spanish 101: Animals – Los Animales

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Spanish for Kids – Español Para Niños

¡Hola Amigos! Welcome to our weekly Spanish 101 blog for kids! Check in every Tuesday for new list of great resources, book suggestions, activities and songs to help your little ones learn Spanish and have fun while doing it!  

This week, let’s learn some animal names in Spanish! As you go about your day, or read a book together, point out any of the animals you see to your little ones and try to see if they remember the Spanish word for them.    

Helping your kids learn a new language is more rewarding than you may realize.  Did you know that children who are introduced to a second language show greater cognitive development in mental flexibility, creativity, reasoning, and problem-solving?  Studies show that kids who study a foreign language also score higher on tests in reading, math, and language arts. So, what are we waiting for?  Let’s get started!  

The following videos are a super fun introduction to animals in SpanishClick on the videos and remind your children to follow along and practice saying the words out loud.  I will then provide a list of the words you just learned with their phonetic pronunciations. 


Learn the Spanish words for Domestic Animals:

Now let’s review! 

Domestic Animals

Cow – Vaca (bah-kah) 

Dog – Perro (peh-rroh) 

Cat – Gato (gah-toh) 

Sheep – Oveja (oh-beh-hah) 

Rooster – Gallo (gah-yoh) 

Pig – Cerdo (sehr-doh) 

Horse – Caballo (kah-bah-yoh) 

Duck – Pato (pah-toh) 

Donkey – Burro (boo-rroh) 

Hen – Gallina (gahyee-nah) 


Learn the Spanish words for Wild Animals:

Now let’s review! 

Wild Animals:

Elephant – Elefante (eh-lehfahn-teh) 

Zebra – Cebra (seh –brah) 

Crocodile – Crocodrilo (kohkoh-dree-loh) 

Monkey – Mono (moh-noh) 

Rhinoceros – Rinoceronte (rree-noh-seh-rohn-teh) 

Tiger – Tigre (tee-greh) 

Bear – Oso (oh-soh) 

Giraffe – Jirafa (hee-rah-fah) 

Lion – León (leh-ohn) 


Here are just a few great activities you can try together to further promote language retention!

  • Animal Word Match!  Click Here to download and print this activity. 

animal word match

  • For older kids, this fun Word Search is a bit more challenging! Click Here to download and print a copy! 

animal word search

  • Play Pictionary! Grab a notepad, dry erase board or easel and draw the different animals. Only if they call out the animal in Spanish do they get it right! It’s a great opportunity to also help them improve their fine motor skills. 

Recommended titles available from Hoopla:

Hoopla has more language learning resources, books, audiobooks and music to supplement your learning experience than we can list.  Here are just a few recommendations that supplement our animal theme of the week that you can check out today.     

Animales Bebés (Animal Babies) by Charles Reasoner  – Who doesn’t love baby animals? This is a great title that supplements the words we learned by showing kids the baby version of Spanish animal names! With bright pictures of adorable baby animals, kids will also learn how the different animals are written and pronounced in Spanish. 

Animales De Granja / Farm Animals – This is a title for babies and toddlers to enjoy with their caregivers.  The bright real-life pictures of farm animals with their Spanish names next to them encourage interaction as kids are introduced to new words. 

Baby’s First Impressions – Animals: “Animales” (Video) – Let’s go to the zoo! Your little ones will be shouting out the Spanish names for animals right along with the children in this video in no time at all.  With some Spanish conversation included as different live animals are observed, children will have a richer language learning experience as they’re immersed in the Spanish language.   


 If you would prefer to borrow some physical books, the library is now providing curbside pickup! Request any of these titles and pick them up at one of our current pickup locations. 

My Animals = Mis Animales by Rebecca Emberley – This toddler book would be a great introduction to animal names in English and Spanish. 

Oso pardooso pardoqué ves ahí? By Bill Martin – This Spanish version of Martin’s beloved Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? will help children who are already familiar with the English version learn the Spanish words with ease. Recommended for Grades Preschool – Kindergarten. 

¡Muu, moo! Rimas de Animales (Animal Nursery Rhymes) – This is a collection of playful animal themed nursery rhymes from Spain and Latin America in both English and Spanish. Suitable for preschool – 3 grade levels. The poetic translation retains the rhythm of the language these rhymes were written in, ensuring that children will enjoy them.  

Animales by John Woodward – This book takes the reader on a journey beyond wild or domestic animals.  The animal kingdom awaits and we’ll see how we’re all connected to it with 3D illustrations! For older readers in Grades 4-7 

Stripes of All Types – Rayas De Todas Las Tallas by Susan Stockdale – Can you count how many animals in nature have stripes or explain the different purposes they serve? This title will show you in both English and Spanish, and includes a fun activity at the end.  Appropriate for children in Preschool – Grade 1.  

Thank you so much for exploring this week’s Spanish 101 for Kids blog!  I hope you enjoyed learning all of the different animals in Spanish as much as I loved sharing them with you See you back here next Tuesday for some fun lessons and activities!   

¡Hasta la vista! 

-Marnie 


The following resources provided by the library contain lessons for children as well as for adults.  Check them out!