Learning with Canticos: Talk, Sing, Read, Write, and Play with Little Chickies/Los Pollitos

Early Literacy
By Nuria Santamaría Wolfe

Learning is fun with Canticos! We design every book to help kids learn as much as possible while having fun.

Here are some tips to help you make the most of the first title in the Canticos bilingual book series:  Little Chickies/Los Pollitos - the quintessential classic Spanish nursery rhyme that tells the story of three little chicks and their mother hen. The story serves as a metaphor for the demanding nature of babies and the unconditional love and care given to them by their parents.

1. Talk

Use the book to talk about topics like farm animals (the sounds they make, what they eat, where they live, etc.) and babies (how they communicate their needs and how parents respond).

This is a great book to discuss springtime and to cover holidays like Easter and Mother’s Day.

2. Sing

The simple lyrics and catchy tune sprinkled with the “pío pío pío” of the little chicks, will have you and your little ones singing in both English and Spanish. Not a Spanish speaker? Don’t know the tune? No problem!

Check out the sing-along video here to see the lyrics and to hear the correct pronunciation.

3. Read

Canticos books are available in two formats.

Deluxe book: Read the story once in English. Flip the book and read it in Spanish. Open the book across to see all spreads and 1. Lay it flat on the floor to see the whole story at once or 2.Stand it up and connect the ends into a circle to sit inside and be surrounded by the story.

Board book: Pick one language to read the story through to the end. Start again in the second language.

4. Write

For your little ones that are just starting to learn their letters, they can practice tracing the shape of the letters in the book using their fingers. Older kids learning to write can practice writing simple words like ‘chick’ and ‘hen’ as well as onomatopoeic ones like ‘pío’ and ‘gulp’.

5. Play

Get little ones saying “pío pío pío” as they open and close their hands imitating a chick opening and closing its beak. Or get them flapping their ‘wings’ as they bend their arms at their elbows and raise them up and down.

Download the free Little Chickies/Los Pollitos digital app to hear the song in eight languages and to access five creative play activities.

Find more resources in our Parents resource center here.

About the author

Nuria is an entrepreneur and mom raising two bilingual children. She joined forces with another mom, Susie Jaramillo, and founded Encantos – a family entertainment and education company for today’s multicultural families.

Together they launched Canticos – a bilingual baby and toddler brand with books, apps, and sing-along videos is the first brand from. Nuria serves as Executive Producer of Canticos digital shorts which are now available across Nick Jr.’s digital preschool platforms: on NickJr.com/Canticos, Nick Jr.’s YouTube page and on the Nick Jr. and NOGGIN apps.

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