Spanish stories for Children
Free Spanish listening and oral practice in engaging visual contexts with subtitles.
The stories are very short, usually no longer than 3 minutes: Excellent for accessible, regular independent Spanish practice.
Ideas for use in class:
a) Watch the video
b) Highlight phrases of particular interest
c) Talk about the story in English
d) Encourage students to engage with the characters, their feelings and experiences.
e) Relate those feelings and experiences to children’s own lives.
f) Return to and discuss the phrases highlighted at the beginning.
g) Ask students to write and illustrate the story
h) Encourage students to return to the video for more practice …
i) And go on to write stories of their own!
The stories are listed roughly in order of difficulty.
Every link contains an embedded video, the story in print, and vocabulary, plus grammar and comprehension questions where appropriate:
Short scenes for play-acting ideas:
Friendly introduction to the style of the stories.
In this case the Spanish vocabulary for meeting and greeting people is introduced via interaction between different characters:
Introductions: Meeting & Greeting in Spanish
2. Maggie is mischievous!
KS2 Spanish listening practice:
Simple true story in Spanish for beginners in the present tense with useful grammar practice focussing on possession using ‘mi’ and ‘mío’ – ‘¡Mi juguete!’
¡Maggie es traviesa!
3. My Family in Spanish!
Lovely introduction to the vocabulary for family members in Spanish via a litter of puppies, including parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles:
4. A Story about Hamsters in Spanish!
Simple story in the 3rd person present tense:
Questions and answers about two hamsters, one of whom becomes ill and has to take medicine:
¿Eso qué es? Es un hámster
5. Maggie & Billy at the river:
Short simple sentences with verbs in the present tense describe friendly activities in Spanish + likes/dislikes.
Transcript + Comprehension Questions:
Maggie & Billy at the river
6. A New Puppy!
Simple Spanish story and description: Meet a tiny puppy on its first day in a new home. Follow its progress as it grows and find out what it enjoys doing.
Transcript + work on gustar and tener:
A New Puppy!
7. My Birthday in Spanish
Learn days of the month and months in Spanish as well as how to ask and answer questions about birthdates via this friendly story about a birthday including a cake (pastel) and a present (regalo)!
My Birthday in Spanish
8. The Verb Tener in context:
Questions about age, toys, feelings, plus what one wants to or has to do. ¿Qué tienen ..?
Tener Practice in Context
9. Hedgehogs … in Spanish!
Excellent Ser and Estar practice in a story about a garden visitor: ¿Qué es? ¿Dónde está?
Hedgehog Story in Spanish using Ser and Estar
10. The Bone from Twitter!
A great opportunity for practice using negatives in Spanish via friendly confusion caused by following advice on Twitter:
NEGATIVES in Spanish
11. Maggie, Billy and the apricots ..!
Friendly story in which Maggie and Billy are told what they must do using Hay, and Hay que + infinitive:
¡Maggie, Billy y los albaricoques!
12. Maggie & the Squirrel:
Wonderful story in Spanish and English with focus on nature via a special little dog who works hard to protect the birds from squirrel invaders!
Transcript + Comprehension Questions:
Maggie & the squirrel
13. At the Hairdresser’s in Spanish!
How many of us hated having our hair cut when we were young? Well, ‘somebody’ is reluctant here! This story, and linked exercises, offers lots of practice using a variety of verbs in the Present Tense:
Vamos a la peluquería
Follow-up Worksheet: Questions & Answers
14. ¡Hola, me llamo Billy!
Friendly Spanish Oral Practice: Say who you are, describe character, where you live, and what you like doing!
Transcript, questions and a second video with extra questions in Spanish AND English:
¡Hola me llamo Billy!
15. ¡La Hora de Comer!
Spanish Story for children which includes seeing two dogs doing something – In this case it is: eating!
All eyes on the cook. Please can we have some more!
Transcript + questions:
¡La hora de comer! (Supper)
16. Questions in Spanish ¿Por qué?
This story asks why in Spanish: ¿Por qué? Because … (Porque). It is a beautiful, authentic story about feeding the birds, with focus on a little chick and an important lesson!
Questions in Spanish: ¿Por qué?
17. Talk about Winter in Spanish:
Topical scenes about winter for practice using weather vocabulary in context, and an invitation for children to share thoughts and answer questions about winter activities:
KS3 Spanish resource: Winter!
18. Spanish Prepositions: Billy and the Stick Insects!
Stick insects are very easy pets, but they do need feeding and cleaning out occasionally. This story describes the job with focus on all the prepositions used in the process. Grammar in context in Spanish AND English. A Gap Fill exercise is also included:
Billy and the Stick Insects
19. Reflexive Verb Practice: The Day of the Puppies!
A wonderful Spanish grammar story about the day the puppies were born to illustrate many reflexive verbs in context:
One of them was Billy of course!! See him moving about with his siblings! Transcript + grammar:
Reflexive verbs in Spanish
20. The Imperfect versus the Perfect tense Spanish:
This charming story about a puppy growing up provides a clear way of contrasting the use the imperfect and perfect tenses and shows students when and how to use both tenses:
Description of the life of a new puppy from birth! Transcript + Questions:
Imperfect & Perfect. A New Puppy!
21. Simple Spanish Song using Modal Verbs:
¡No sabía, no podía escapar!
El Perrito Chiquitito
22. Maggie has Grown:
Spanish Story/Comprehension in the 3rd Person using past, present and (future) Tenses:
A description of Maggie’s activities, likes and dislikes, with sentences in the present tense, and an introduction to the Perfect Tense. Transcript + Questions:
Maggie has grown up!
23. A Paragliding Holiday in ‘Los Picos de Europa’!
The story begins with a mention in the past tense about the previous year’s Spanish holiday, before a very engaging clip about a student’s first experience of paragliding in Northern Spain.
Video transcript with sentences and Questions in the Past and Present Tenses:
KS3 Spanish Activity Holiday in Spain!