There are basic skills that every child should learn regardless of the language they speak. For example, counting and recognizing letters. The secret to helping your child master these skills is by letting them have fun as they learn.
Today, I want to show you a fun app that aims to help Spanish-speaking preschoolers learn and practice basic skills. It’s called Juana la Iguana en la Granja.
Aprende con Juana
In Juana la Iguana en la Granja, there are 4 different activities to help kids learn their basic skills. Each activity flows right into the next. The titular character, Juana the Iguana, narrates each activity in Spanish. She also occasionally breaks into a dance to motivate you to learn.
The first activity is about recognizing colors and learning the names of fruits and vegetables. Six fruits and vegetables will be shown, and your task is to pick out the ones that are of a certain color. For example, you’d want to pick the manzana (apple), rabano (beetroot), and pimiento (bell pepper) when Juana asks for the color rojo (red).
The second activity is the classic memory match. Flipping two cards at a time, you’re asked to find all the animal pairs. When you find a pair, Juana will say the animal’s name in Spanish. The objective here is to help you learn the names of various animals, such as loro (parrot), pato (duck), and oveja (sheep).
In the third activity, you’ll learn to group things by color. Three animals will be shown — each representing a different color. Your task is to drag the stars from the bottom to their corresponding colors until all the placeholders have been filled. When you place a star correctly, the animal will make a sound.
The fourth activity helps you with counting. A number of cards will be presented on the screen, and your job is to simply tap them all. After each tap, Juana will announce the current tally.
At the end of the fourth activity, you’ll have completed one set. You can then choose a song — sung in Spanish — as your reward. After a brief dance party with Juana, you can replay the games again.
Parents Need to Know
Juana la Iguana en la Granja is designed for kids who already speak or are learning Spanish. As such, all instructions within the app are given in Spanish without any English translations. With that in mind, you might want to look elsewhere if you’re looking for an app to learn Spanish from scratch.
If you go to the parents’ section, you can find songs in Spanish for kids. You can listen to samples of the songs from within the app and, if you’d like, purchase them from iTunes.
The app has no third-party advertising and no in-app purchases. External links are secured within the parents’ section. You don’t need an Internet connection to use the app.
Things I Like
Even though I don’t speak Spanish at all, I find that the app fairly intuitive to use. Clever hints, such as presenting the instructions in the color that is being requested, help you figure out what to do. The tasks are also straightforward.
Regardless of the language you speak, you’ll find the activities quite useful for building your child’s basic skills. I like that the app gives you instant feedback, like a simple “nuh-uh” when you tap a wrong item. Similarly, Juana will praise you for a job well done.
In future updates, I’d like to see more tasks added to make the app even more engaging. I’m also hoping that the developer would consider including English translations for families who don’t have a good grasp of Spanish yet.
If you’re looking for an app in Spanish to help your kids learn basic skills, you might want to check out Juana la Iguana en la Granja. This vibrant app offers fun games to teach concepts such as numbers, letters, and colors. It also helps kids expand their vocabulary with names of animals, fruits, and vegetables. All in all, it’s a solid app for ages 2+.
App was provided for our honest review.