The 10 Best Types of Bilingual Toys That Promote Language Skills In Small Kids!

Bilingual toys are toys that promote language learning! Here are the best types of toys for your multilingual children. Plus, allow me to give you some talking points.

Bilingual Toys for kids

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Children need to hear you speak to them

The best way for kids to learn a foreign language is through hearing it being spoken to them by someone else. Whatever that language might be.

But what is even more effective is when kids are included in a dialog! Create an environment that is fun that allows them to make use of their target language.

We all know it’s proven that children cannot become bilingual through TV, Video games, etc. Why do we think toys that yell out a word in a foreign language will help our children become multilingual?

I created a list with toys that will help you to teach your children your first language.

Bilingual Toys - Father playing with baby

Bilingual Toys For Kids

These toys are perfect for pretend play, which promotes language skills. Professionals agree that pretend play plays an important role when it comes to language learning.

Also, find my free worksheets for bilingual kids in my free digital library.

1. Bilingual Toys – Medical Kits

Playing vet or doctor with your children allows you to teach them more about their bodies.

Gizmovine Toys for Kids Dog Grooming Doctor Kit Toys, Pet Care Play Set Pretend Puppy Dog Carrier, Pet Grooming Toy with Sturdy Gift case for Toddler Boys and Girls
JOYIN Kids Doctor Kit 31 Pieces Pretend-n-Play Dentist Medical Kit with Electronic Stethoscope and Coat for Kids Holiday Gifts, School Classroom and Doctor Roleplay Costume Dress-Up.
JOYIN 29 Pieces Medical Toy Kids Doctor Pretend Play Kit with Carrying Case for Kids, School Classroom Rewards and Doctor Roleplay

You can go over topics such as,

  • the correct words of body parts
  • my body, my rights
  • being sensitive to people’s and animal’s pain (how are you feeling?)
  • teaching empathy

Playing doctor or vet allows you to teach your children words about their body. This will be helpful when potty training your children.

In addition, believe me when I say it is so much fun for kids to give their parents a check-up.

Talking about feelings

In addition, my favorite part of playing with medical equipment is that it allows me to teach my kids new words and how to describe feelings.

Parents might underestimate the important of talking about feelings.

Teaching them to express their feelings will help you during temper tantrums as well.

2. Bilingual Toys – Cleaning Supplies

Okay, let’s be honest here… What’s not to love? 😉

Cleaning supplies are another wonderful way to teach children another language. My oldest daughter thinks the German word for dirty (schmutzig) is the funniest word.

Melissa & Doug, Let'S Play House! Dust! Sweep! Mop! The Original Pretend Play Cleaning Set (6Piece, Broom, Mop, Duster, Organizing Stand, Great Gift for Girls & Boys - Best For 3, 4, 5, 6 Year Olds)
Casdon - Dyson Ball Vacuum with real suction and sounds - Toy Vacuum
Melissa & Doug Spray, Squirt & Squeegee Play Set (Pretend Play Cleaning Set, Promotes Motor Skills, 8" H x 8" W x 8" L)
Melissa & Doug Laundry Basket Play Set with Wooden Iron, Ironing Board, and Accessories (14 Pieces, Great Gift for Girls and Boys - Best for 3, 4, 5 Year Olds and Up)
Melissa & Doug Wash, Dry and Iron Play Set - Pretend Play Laundry Cleaning Set
BLACK+DECKER Dustbuster Junior Toy Handheld Vacuum Cleaner with Realistic Action & Sound! Pretend Role Play Toy for Kids with Whirling Beads & Batteries Included [Amazon Exclusive]

You might be surprised by how much your kids will get excited to help you clean the house on the weekends.

  • talk about different surfaces
  • safety (don’t walk on wet surfaces)
  • how to be gentle (less pressure)
  • clean vs. dirty

Furthermore, it allows your child to work on their fine and gross motor skills as well. Learning a new language, while tiring them out…

I created a fun laundry activity for my Instagram two years ago and my followers loved the cleaning part of it.

3. Bilingual Toys – Cooking/Baking

Small children love food. Or maybe I’m the only person who constantly gets the question “What’s for snack?”

In fact, that’s one of my daughter’s favorite books.

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In this book the cow keeps asking his mom “what’s for snack!” Mother cow teaches baby cow the different types of food.

Cooking Supplies

Furthermore, cooking and baking supplies are one of the best pretend toys for children.

Juboury Kitchen Pretend Play Toys with Stainless Steel Cookware Pots and Pans Set, Cooking Utensils, Apron & Chef Hat, Cutting Vegetables for Kids, Girls, Boys, Toddlers
Play Food Set for Kids 40Pcs Pretend Cutting Fruits Food Playset Kitchen Cooking Sets Toys for Educational Learning Fake Plastic Foods for Toddlers Kids Girls Boys Inspiring Imagination with Apron Hat
LBLA Pretend Play Food BBQ Playset Kitchen Toys with Light and Smoke Funny Grill Cooking Play Toy for Kids Toddlers
Melissa & Doug Pizza Party Wooden Play Food (Pretend Play Pizza Set, Self-Sticking Tabs, 54 +  Pieces, Great Gift for Girls and Boys - Best for 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds)
Hape Cook & Serve Set | 13 Piece Wooden Pretend Play Cooking Set with Accessories
Melissa & Doug Deluxe Wooden Kitchen Accessory Set - Pots & Pans (8 Pieces, Great Gift for Girls and Boys - Best for 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7 Year Olds)

Baking Supplies

Melissa & Doug Slice-and-Bake Wooden Cookie Play Food Set, Pretend Play, Materials, 28 Pieces, 10.5" H x 13.5" W x 3.25" L
Melissa & Doug Wooden Make-a-Cake Mixer Set (Kitchen Toy, Numbered Turning Dials, Encourages Creative Thinking, 11-Piece Set, Great Gift for Girls and Boys - Best for 3, 4, 5 Year Olds and Up)
32 PCs Chef Dress Up Clothes Little Girls, Play Kitchen Accessories Set Kids, Cooking Baking Tools, Pretend Play, Birthday Gifts

There is so much you can talk about that will help your children to learn new words. While improving their problem-solving skills and working on their fine motor skills.

  • learning about temperatures and consistencies
  • covering healthy foods (like super foods)
  • talking about measurements
  • learning more about portions and sizes
  • covering colors and shapes
  • learning about jobs (cook, waitress, baker, etc.)

Ask lots of questions to help your child with their problem solving skills. For instance, “what happens to the pizza if we bake it too long?”

4. Bilingual Toys – Diner

What better way to start a bilingual dialog with a child than having them serve food to you?

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Things you can talk about:

  • talk about quantity and quality
  • practice counting money
  • practice nice phrases “What can I do for you today?”, “May I hang up your coat?” “Allow me to show you the way to the bathroom.”
  • lastly, practice taking food orders.

This is such a fun way to learn new words. Food orders also allow you to practice your child’s memory.

5. Bilingual Toys – The Food Truck

Playing food truck is such a fun way to learn new words.

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Things to talk about,

  • things to do to keep our balance (walk slowly, don’t carry too much, etc.)
  • food and food groups
  • what happens when we eat too much junk food
  • asking for more condiments (ketchup, etc.)
  • taking food orders
  • asking for a second serving

You can add a fun balance activity by having your child carry different foods on a try from one corner of the room to the other.

6. Bilingual Toys – The Ice Cream Truck

You can talk about seasons. “When does the ice cream truck come?” Yes, during the summer.

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Talking points:

  • how many servings would you like?
  • identify different flavors
  • adding sauces
  • counting money
  • giving change
  • tip and the importance of tipping

7. Bilingual Toys – Grocery Shopping

Playing grocery shopping is a wonderful activity for learning regardless of age.

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Playing grocery shopping is most kids favorite activity because a lot of tasks are happening. They get to collect specific foods into a shopping cart or basket. They get to pay for the items. And they can pack them and “take them home.”

Things to talk about:

  • types of food
  • food groups
  • like and dislike of foods
  • consistency of food
  • quantities and qualities of food
  • money and counting
  • packing food (nothing heavy on eggs)

Ask your child to bring you a food that is a protein, vegetable, or fruit. Ask to bring specific amounts “one apple please.”

8. Bilingual Toys – The Barber

This is such a fun activity for kids.

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Simply get out a chair and let your children give you a “hair cut.” Or for dads, let them trim your beard or shave your face.

Talking points:

  • lengths (how long is the hair)
  • dry/wet hair (heavier when wet)
  • paying for service
  • counting money
  • cleaning after cut

The bathtub set is adorable and so fun. Add some bubbles to the bathtub to make it extra fun.

9. Bilingual Toys – The Beauty Salon

My daughters absolutely love their sets and they frequently use it on their Anna and Elsa hair dolls. These are dolls that are made for hair styling.

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The blow dryer works and it is so much fun to watch them use it on their dolls.

Things to talk about:

  • cold vs. warm air (what dries hair faster)
  • straight vs. curly hair (which one do you have)
  • different hair colors
  • braiding hair
  • money and counting
  • cleaning after service

These sets are perfect for kids who are into hair and make up!

10. Bilingual Toys – Construction Worker

Perfect for language learning and improving kid’s fine motor skills.

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These sets are perfect for kids. They are fun to play with and lots of words (parts) that kids can add to their vocabulary.

Things to talk about:

  • fixed vs. broken
  • find the XYZ (use the correct terms of the play equipment)
  • safety and protection (why it is so important to protect the head)

Enjoy!

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