Brazilian Portuguese is a great language for kids to learn. Since Brazil is Latin America’s largest economy and it is the 5th largest country in the world by both land area and population, knowing Portuguese could potentially be a really good job skill for your kids in the future. Or if you or your kids love to travel, the climate in most of Brazil is tropical and the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Summer Olympics are being held in Brazil, so learning a bit of Portuguese could be a wonderful excuse for an upcoming trip.
With this mind we have gathered up the best DVDs, language systems, free online games, apps and books that can help parents teach their kids some Brazilian Portuguese.
For resources to help kids learn European Portuguese have a look at our European Portuguese post.
- Super Baby Music is a good choice if you are looking for a Baby Einstein type video, but in Portuguese, then this is a good one to try. It is a DVD that is in Spanish and Portuguese. There are other titles in this series including Super Baby Music, Super Baby Animals, Super Baby Colors, and Super Baby Shapes.
- Little Pim Portuguese Complete Set is a great option if you are looking for a DVD for kids ages 0-5 .These videos each start with a short animated cartoon featuring a panda followed by live-action footage of children doing everyday activities. The box set it introduces over 180 words and phrases for everyday activities. DVDs are themed on “eating and drinking, “wake up smiling” and “playtime”. You can see a preview for it here or use their digital downloads.
- Bilingual Baby is another DVD that is made for babies to help expose them to a second language. It has over 60 words, phrases, sentences, and manners. The child only hears the Portuguese language, but there is small on-screen text in English to help parents.
The Best Portuguese Language Learning Programs and Websites for Kids
Some good websites that can help kids learn Portuguese are:
- Discovery Kids Brazil is a Brazilian TV station for kids. They have a great website that has lots of games and activities.
- Smart Kids Brazil has educational games, coloring pages and classroom activities.
- Hello World Portuguese is a free online Portuguese-English dictionary.
- Disney Brazil is the Brazilian Disney homepage. It has some fun games and videos for kids.
Free Online Games to Help Teach Portuguese
An easy way to expose children to a new language in a fun way is through online games. There isn’t a huge selection of Portuguese games for kids, but here are a couple that we like:
- Digital Dialects has lots of simple games that will help kids learn Portuguese basics.
- Tudo Bem Portuguese has free online language learning games like Whack- a-Word, Hangman, Wordsearch, and Memory
- Learn Portuguese has 9 games designed to teach Portuguese vocabulary and conversation skills. You can download the first lesson for free and if you like it you can upgrade to access all 50 lessons and 40+ hours of content.
- Gus on the Go: Portuguese for Kids helps kids learn basic vocabulary concepts with interactive visual and auditory lessons on numbers, colors, shapes and more. Each lesson review unlocks a vocabulary game that reinforces what your child has learned.
Portuguese for Children contains over 400 commonly used Portuguese words including colors, numbers, food drink and animals, all illustrated and professionally recorded by a native Brazilian (Portuguese) speaker.
- Hippocrene Brazilian Portuguese Children’s Picture Dictionary is suitable for ages 5 to 10 years. It is a picture dictionary that features 625 entries, each accompanied by a large illustration.
- My First Book of Portuguese Words shows kids how to pronounce simple Portuguese the words correctly. It has colourful photographs and simple labels that are easy for kids to read without being overwhelmed.
- Millet Publishing has a number of Portuguese books for kids that are Brazilian Portuguese. The publisher told me these books are Brazilian Portuguese but at least one review said that at least the Picture Dictionary is European Portuguese so you may want to check your local library to see if they have any of these titles before you purchase them.
- Brazilian Lullaby has traditional songs, well-known Brazilian instrumental music, and original compositions that makes a nice mix of lullabies and songs for kids.
- Brazilian Playground is part of the very popular Playground series of CDs. This one has a great mix of Brazilian music for kids.