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May 31st, 2012 at 5:01 am

My Children’s Favorite Bilingual Toys

Just the other day a friend of my mom’s came to visit and was surprised when she heard that a toy my son was playing with spoke in Spanish. When she inquired about it, I told her that because I’m raising bilingual children, many of their toys are bilingual too. These are not easy to find, but I must say that in the last couple of years the selections have gotten way better.

Here are just a few of our favorites:

1) Smart Driver by Chicco — My son is totally into cars and so for Christmas we got him this bilingual steering wheel which he loves to death. It has several songs and it teaches the numbers and colors in both English and Spanish. The dashboard buttons features words, phrases and sound effects that make the experience all the more real for a 2-year-old.

2) Laugh and Learn: Learning Kitchen by Fisher Price — Every little kid likes to play kitchen and this fun toy will help them do just that in both English and Spanish. The toy comes with play food and it includes a tiny fridge, a sink and an oven. The toy has several play modes which include music and learning in Spanish.

3) Learn & Groove Counting Maracas by LeapFrog — My daughter got these when she was born and although she didn’t get to use them until she was about 6 or 7 months old, they were her favorite toy for a very long time. Besides the fun already associated with maracas, these help children learn the numbers and the colors in a super fun way.

Do you have any favorite bilingual toys?

Roxana A. Soto is the co-founder of SpanglishBaby, the go-to site for parents raising bilingual and bicultural children. She’s currently working on her first book, based on her blog, to be published in September. Roxana is also a staff writer for MamásLatinas.



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