Category Archives: Culture (Spanish)

“CASCARONES” (Eggshells)

Making cascarones is an exciting and colorful Mexican tradition at Easter. Eggshells are emptied, filled with confetti, and covered with tissue paper. But that’s just where the fun starts. Once ready, kids can break the shells on their playmates, showering them with confetti. This Spanish song for kids – CASCARONES – teaches how cascarones are […]

“ARBOLITO DE PERÚ” (Little Tree from Peru)

This cheerful reggae song – ARBOLITO DE PERÚ – sets to music the traditional Spanish children’s rhyme. The song teaches vowels, common Spanish names, and the question “What’s your name?” and response “My name is…” The song, performed by Jorge Anaya and Ileana Pérez, is from Whistlefritz’s CD ¡BUENOS DÍAS! Song “ARBOLITO DE PERÚ” from […]

“SONIDOS DEL FLAMENCO” (Sounds of Flamenco)

Flamenco dancer Sara Jerez (aka María in the Whistlefritz videos) and her husband, flamenco guitarist, Ricardo Marlow, created this awesome introduction to flamenco music and dance. Kids can clap, play castanets, and stomp along to the catchy lyrics and rhythm, as they learn words and phrases associated with flamenco. This song –SONIDOS DEL FLAMENCO – […]

“MANZANITA DE PERÚ” (Little Apple from Peru)

This amazing song takes the game MANZANITA DE PERÚ and sets it to magical Andean music.  Kids hear the traditional Andean instruments of the zampoñas and chajchas as they learn the Spanish words for numbers and the question “How old are you?” The song, performed by Ileana Pérez and Andrés Mallea of The Mystic Warriors, is […]

“SEÑORA SANTANA”

Any parent of a toddler can empathize with this dilemma: a child is crying because he lost his apple, but can’t be soothed with another apple, because he wants the one that was his! While that description sounds like the set up for a raucous song about a toddler temper tantrum, this traditional Spanish song […]

“A MI BURRO”

My donkey is sick! In this beloved Spanish folksong, the doctor treats the donkey’s different ailments from head to toe until the donkey is finally healthy. The song teaches Spanish words for parts of the body as well as how to say that something hurts. This country music version of the song is a lively […]

“CARNAVAL”

It’s time to dance, sing, and have a parade! It’s Carnaval! This high-energy Spanish children’s song — “CARNAVAL” — teaches action words associated with the celebration of the season known as Carnaval. The song, performed by Ileana Pérez, is from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL — Spanish Learning Songs. Song “CARNAVAL” from the Whistlefritz CD CARNAVAL. CARNAVAL […]

“DEBAJO UN BOTÓN”

Under a button that Martin found, there was a tiny, little mouse. Infused with the rhythm of the Congo, this soukous arrangement is an exciting new musical twist on the beloved traditional Spanish children’s song — “DEBAJO UN BOTÓN.” Kids will love singing the percussive repetition of the last syllable of each line in the […]

“LA CUCARACHA”

This well-known traditional Spanish song is beloved throughout the world. Like traditional songs in many languages, many of the older lyrics of the song are not suitable for children.   Consequently, we keep the song’s familiar refrain, but create lyrics that are kid-friendly and educational. Composed and performed by Jorge Anaya, this version of the traditional […]

“VENGAN A VER MI GRANJA”

Like the English folksong, “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”, this traditional Spanish children’s song – “VENGAN A VER MI GRANJA” – teaches children the different animals that live on a farm and the sounds they make. The song, performed by Jorge Anaya, is from Whistlefritz’s CD ¡A BAILAR! – Spanish Learning Songs. The scene is […]