Canticos

TV review by
Melissa Camacho, Common Sense Media
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Bilingual sing-a-long series great for preschoolers.
Parents recommend

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

Children are taught words and phrases in English and in Spanish. 

Positive Messages

Celebrates Latino children's culture, including traditional children's stories and songs. No language is presented as being more important than the other. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Everyone is friendly and helpful. 

Violence & Scariness

Spiders may fall, and people get wet, but no one gets hurt. 

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Canticos is a bilingual series that features nursery rhymes sung in English and in Spanish. It's toddler and preschool friendly, and features all the songs and characters of the Canticos franchise

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bytdash00 July 14, 2018

Brings a smile to both the baby and to Abuela!

I love how these bilingual videos and apps bring the family together. The babies love them, and the abuelitas remember the songs from their youth. Great resourc...
Parent of a 4, 5, and 10 year old Written bymjaramillo July 11, 2018

Adorable and super catchy

My kids LOVE these. They watch all of the episodes and sing the songs all the time. The songs are classic Latino nursery rhymes. Now my kids can sing them in E... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bydoglovergirlie August 4, 2018

What's the story?

CANTICOS is a bilingual children's animated series inspired by Spanish-language nursery rhymes. From popular songs like "Los pollitos" ("Little Chickens") to rhymes like "Itsy Bitsy Spider" ("La araña chiquita"), young viewers are invited to watch the characters featured in the poem while singing along in English and Spanish. Each nursery rhyme is completely sung in English by an offscreen narrator, and then immediately followed by a replay of events while it is sung in Spanish. Key words in both languages are highlighted throughout. In between songs, brief observations from the narrator, and the reactions from an offscreen children's audience, are audible in both languages. 

Is it any good?

These colorful 3D animated music videos, based on the songs and characters from the Canticos brand, offer a fun way to teach kids words and phrases in two languages. Each nursery rhyme is performed at a pace that allows preschoolers to follow along in both languages. 

Canticos is a cultural celebration of the songs and stories many Latino children have grown up with over the years. However, it also serves as an early introduction to bilingual education, and offers young children the opportunity to learn and/or retain two languages, regardless of their cultural background. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the benefits of knowing more than one language. How does speaking a language in addition to English help us over time?

  • Educational systems around the world teach kids multiple languages starting at a very young age. Why isn't this the trend in the United States? Does your family speak any other languages?

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