How to teach children Dutch

How to teach children Dutch


1 Get fairy tales and storybooks in Dutch on Amazon or from your local library

Children love shared reading time and regardless of language acquisition they will always remember the time they spent with you reading books.Try to find books with good illustrations. Look at the pictures with your child, point to things they already know in Dutch.

As you come across new words ask the child what they think it is. If it is illustrated, have them point it out on the page.Use different voices for different characters.If your child has a favorite Dutch story encourage him/her to play different characters making up the words from memory. Help your child to use his/her imagination to change the story or change the ending.


2 Use puppets or turn your child’s favorite plush toy into a puppet that talks in Dutch

Kids love puppets and puppet play is great for motor skills. You can tell much loved stories through puppet play, either using the whole body or make a puppet theatre from a box and use hand or finger puppets. Finger puppets are also fun when singing songs.


3 Go to the zoo and call the name of the animals together in Dutch

If you have any, look at some animal books together, then go to the zoo for the day. Ask your child the names of the animals he/she has learned and point out the new ones. This is a great place to add in adjectives and colours. When you come home, encourage your child to draw pictures of what he/she saw and talk about them together using Dutch.


4 Play hide and seek by counting in Dutch

Hide and seek is a great game for practicing numbers. You could start with 1 to 10 and gradually increase. When your child knows them well you could count down backwards. When ‘seeking’ your child it’s a good opportunity to repeat words without it sounding repetitive.


5 Play board games in Dutch e.g.: snakes and ladders, board games, family games

Dice games are always good for counting and also simple addition. Board games played with the whole family can be a time for relaxed learning. Just playing a simple board game such as snakes and ladders teaches a young child so much more than just language. They also learn rules of play, understanding goals and of course, that family games equal FUN!


6 Play games by using flashcard games e.g.: Go fish, memory game

Flashcards are one of your most valuable resources in teaching language to young children. With multiples of the same cards you can play well-known games such as Go Fish or the ‘memory game’.

Very small children may struggle to hold too many cards, so play games that have the child match one card to another. Match a sound with a picture, or two cards that have the same sound, or two pictures that match, any way you choose.

Lay cards out on the floor or table and have your child touch the card as you call out words/sounds. Encourage your child to be the caller and you touch the cards. Keep it playful and fun.



7 Have a progress chart that tracks the words and phrases your child mastered

A simple progress chart teaches your child clear goals and kids love stickers. Let your child know when he/she is approaching a goal, make a big deal of reaching the goals, be excited to getting the stickers out. Praise him/her for their achievement with a ‘great job’, a hug or a ‘high five’ (or all three).


8 Listen to children’s songs in Dutch together or reward your child for memorizing a short one

Listen to children’s songs in the 2nd language whenever and wherever you can. Keep CDs in the car or put a CD on quietly in the background when you are doing something else. Add actions to the songs, this helps kids remember the words. If it suits your child’s personality, encourage them to ‘perform’ songs for you. You could have a special ‘song night’.

Here is a playlist of Dutch children’s songs


9 Listen to pop songs in Dutch together or reward your child for memorizing a short one

Teach your child some catchy pop songs that you both like. Something with suitable lyrics and a good chorus are easiest to remember. Sing it around the house as you do other things, when your child tries to join in, model the language and encourage them to sing with you.


10 Find cartoons in the 2nd language on Youtube or Amazon

Cartoons are a great way to engage kids in the 2nd language. Kids can figure out the story visually without worrying about not understanding every word. It’s easy to buy DVDs from Amazon in almost any language or, alternatively, look for them on YouTube. Let your child guide you to which cartoons they like best. Watch them together and you will know which language to reinforce.


11 Have an annual/monthly goal check list

Make a checklist of goals or ideas of where you want to be with the language learning over a year. Break it down into monthly mini-goals.

It will be help you stay focused on where you are going and also a great way to look back and see how far you and your child have come.


12 Create youtube playlists or find playlists suitable for your child’s level

YouTube is a super resource. You can create playlists of Dutch teaching videos, these days people post from all over the world.

They might be short tutorials, or craft ideas you can incorporate into your language learning, or children’s songs you can sing together. Look for playlists already put together by others with the same goal.


13 Join online support groups (forums, facebook pages, twitter lists, multicultural blog groups etc.)

Join some online groups to exchange ideas and information. Support is invaluable too. Teaching Dutch can hit some hurdles, it is important to be able to connect with people who are having the same difficulties or have successfully navigated these hurdles. Facebook and Twitter are great for immediate connections. Online chat groups or forums can give you a sense of community and common goals.

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14 Visit the website of Netherlands’s ministry of culture

Have a look at the website and find interesting information about Netherlands. Read about traditional food, dances and costumes. Look at statistics such as population. Find some fun facts about the climate, holidays and customs. Talk about them with your child and follow their lead on which parts they are interested in. You can also get all this information and more here

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15 Go to public libraries and check all the available resources in Dutch

Libraries are an excellent resource. If they don’t have things things in Dutch ask the librarian if it is possible to order them. Also check out the noticeboard and see if there are any kids groups speaking Dutch in the area. You might make some new friends too.


16 Make use of language learning DVDs for kids

Language DVDs come handy , especially fro busy parents, as they repeat useful words and phrases in a fun and interesting way Check them out, Look for something that is specifically for kids, that uses games and songs and has well-structured levels.


17 Play CDs when driving your child to school

Always play CDs in Dutch when you are in the car. It could be songs or a kids’ language learning CD, whatever your child likes. Do it consistently so your child comes to expect the 2nd language in the car.


18 Play streaming radio in the background at home or make use of Spotify, Lastfm, etc.

Nowadays, there are a lot of resources that help you play streaming radio through personal electronic devices and laptops, etc. All you need is tuning into one of the local radio stations and have the radio or the song list play in the background all day long. Even if your child does not understand what has been spoken or the lyrics of the songs he/she will get used to the new sounds and intonation patterns.

19 Make use of worksheets for beginners

There are a great many websites offering worksheets for beginners. Many are free and some you can pay monthly or a yearly fee. Kids love worksheets. Some may be simple coloring sheets (kids LOVE coloring), or sheets that help fine motor skills through pencil manipulation. Buy some stickers and put one on each sheet your child completes.


20 Make use of Flashcards

There is no end to the fun to be had from playing games with flashcards even if you child is still too young to play a game that has structure and rules. You can make your own ‘games’ call out a card, have your child touch it/pick it up. ‘Hide’ the cards around the room and have your child find them and say what they are etc.

You can also put the flashcards up around the room. Change them each week in categories (animals/flowers/ fruit/etc. Look at them and say them often with your child. Ask them, “What’s this? / What’s that?”

Put them on your fridge with magnets or let your child do this.You call out the words and have them put them on.


21 Get a picture dictionary to get started

A Children’s picture dictionary is a wonderful resource. Follow your child’s curiosity with it. Let him/her choose what he/she wants to know on any given day. Ask him/her more information about the words they do know. “What color is it?” “ Is it big or small? “ “Where does it live?” “What does it do?”


22 Consider getting an alphabet book

Introduce your child to the shapes of letters with a simple alphabet book. This is especially useful if the Dutch alphabet is different to that of the 1st language. For young learners, get a very simple, ‘starter’ book, also great for fine motor skills and pencil control.


23 Think about kinesthetic learning (learning by doing). Coloring books, sketchbooks or DVDs that children watch and dance are great!

The research is in that kids learn best by doing (don’t we all?).

Anything that gets kids moving their bodies or their hands helps them to learn. Watch DVDs together, make up dances, put on ‘shows’, even dress up. Encourage your child’s inner artist with a sketchbook. Color, paint, draw, and talk about the colors and your child’s pictures in the 2nd language. Coloring in pictures is a very relaxing activity (you should do it too!) Kids tend to be very relaxed when they are coloring, a good time to make some general chitchat in Dutch.

Mix paints and talk in Dutch about how colors are made.


24 Consider getting a reading pen

The very latest translation tool. A ‘reading pen’ scans and translates. The translated text appears on a small screen on the pen and can also provide audio pronunciation of words or full sentences.


25 Find some talking or singing plush toys

There are so many talking toys on the market these days. Try one that says greetings in Dutch (or multiple languages) or one that sings traditional songs/nursery rhymes from Netherlands.

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26 Make use of culture books prepared for little kids

Ready made ‘culture books’ are great for learning about different countries. Read them together, ask questions and encourage your child to ask lots of questions too. After reading one, you could make a simple one together using pictures from magazines, or encourage your child to draw pictures too. Gather information together at the library or from the internet.

27 Decorate your child’s room with learning posters (colors, numbers) or pictures from Netherlands (flag, the cities, etc.)

Get some large colorful posters to decorate your child’s room or the learning space you use. Point things out and ask questions, swap roles and have your child ask the questions too, this also helps model the pronunciation. Ask which is your child’s favorite poster and why?

Follow their lead on the things that interest them.


28 Follow a simple syllabus prepared for kids

Use the simple syllabus prepared in your language learning system or make one yourself. Let your child know what it is so he/she can see what they will be doing. Children tend to do better when they know what is coming and what is expected of them.

29 Use stickers as rewards (stickers that say congratulations, wonderful, etc. in the 2nd language)

Kids love stickers! Use them liberally. Take praising your child as an opportunity to use the 2nd language. If you can find stickers with words of praise in the 2nd language use those and repeat the words a lot. Use a couple of words at first and add more as your child knows them.

30 Get some printed items related to the 2nd language: T-shirts, mugs, children’s silverware, etc.

If you have the opportunity to visit the 2nd language country buy goods with the language on. T-shirts, mugs and pens are useful as well as educational. Look for postcards, posters or bumper stickers with popular expressions on. Post these around your house.


31 Arrange play dates or playgroups with other parents who want to teach their children Dutch.

Try to find other parents encouraging their children to learn Dutch, arrange to play together, go on picnics to the park or take a trip to a zoo or aquarium, great places to practice the language. Making new friends is of great benefit to you too!



32 Video chat with friends and relatives who have a child that speaks Dutch

Encourage video chat with other children you know, that speak Dutch. It’s easy using Skype or Google Hangouts or something similar. Be nearby to help the conversation along. Be encouraging and resist the temptation to correct your child’s mistakes.



33 Invite Grandma and Grandpa (who can speak Dutch) to stay over

Spending time with grandparents is valuable to all parties anyway but spending time with grandparents who speak Dutch is great for strengthening bonds and hearing natural language. Your child will come to associate Dutch with feelings of love and security.


34 Hire a short-term or full time nanny or caregiver that speaks Dutch

If it is possible, consider hiring a nanny/caregiver/babysitter who speaks Dutch. Even a few hours per week would make a difference (and give you a little free time!).

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35 Cook Dutch recipes together with your child

Kids always want to be a ‘little helper’ in the kitchen. Cook some simple dishes from Netherlands together. Us the 2nd language for instructions, wash, cut, wipe, mix…. Name the ingredients in a natural way as you cook. Here are some Dutch recipes

36 Go to community centers, cultural centers and temples with your child

Local places of interest are stimulating for your child and cultural centers often have exhibitions or music/dance performances. Look out for anything from Netherlands. Community centers are a great place to meet people, look at notice boards for anything from people interested or connected in some way to, Dutch. You could even offer to do something yourself, give a talk about the country or a traditional dance etc.

37 Visit Dutch supermarkets and Dutch restaurants with your child

Go around a Dutch supermarket and point out the foods from Netherlands. If your child is unfamiliar with them, ask questions. “How do you think it tastes?” “ Do you think this is hard/soft/crunchy/sweet/etc.?” If possible eat in ethnic restaurants. Talk about the food, how it is prepared, where it comes from.


38 Have a word of the day activity

Pick a ‘word of the day’, you or your child could choose it, or have your child pick it at random from a pile of word cards. If the word is a noun, look for it around the house and when you go outside. Talk about where it might be found. If it is a verb, find ways to do the action either really or mime it, see if you can spot other people doing it? Or use adverbs and spend some time doing everything in the manner of the adverb, slowly/quickly/happily/etc.

39 Play Dutch online language games (memory, click&tell, etc.) with your child

There are plenty of free online interactive language games for children. Find one that appeals to your child and encourage them to do a little every day. You can check out 3 different kinds of free Dutch online language learning games here



40 Try Skype lessons for children (may not be advised for infants and toddlers)

Many teachers are offering language lessons via Skype. Ask around and see if anyone can recommend a teacher to you. Sit in on the lesson too so you know what language to reinforce between lessons.



41 Read bedtime stories in Dutch to your child

Books, books, books. Kids love books and stories. Read stories in Dutch before bed. Often when kids have heard a favorite story many times they know the words. Encourage your child to help tell the story.

42 Play Dutch children’s games

Many children’s games are the same the world over, play kids games your child already knows in their 1st language but play it in the 2nd language. Paper, rock, scissors has many variations; play it in the 2nd language. Hopscotch, skipping games, clapping games etc. can all be played in any language. For more ideas have a look at the games in the different ‘countries and cultures’ at Dino Lingo (to the right of this post).

43 Get comic books & children’s magazines from Netherlands

Ask if a friend or relative overseas can send you comics or children’s magazines in Dutch. Children’s magazines usually have lots of fun facts in them that you can talk about and further research. They also have quizzes and puzzles that are lots of fun to do.

44 Go to a national parade of the target culture

You could try to find where there is a large community of people from the target culture. They will no doubt have special events to celebrate the holidays of their country of origin. Take your child to their parades and festivals.


45 Have a personalized notebook specially used for learning the2nd language(Don’t forget to use it to have your child draw whatever you say in the 2nd language

Let your child choose the notebook at the shop and decorate it anyway they want to make it special. Say words in Dutch and have them draw pictures, or even write the word or the first letter, depending on what level they are at. Go back over the pictures every few days. Talk about the pictures and praise your child’s drawing skills.

46 Do local crafts

If you are a native speaker of Dutch think about the crafts you did as a child and do them with your child (think also about how happy you were doing this activity with your own mother/father or your friends). Don’t worry if you have forgotten how, look on the Internet to refresh your memory. Perhaps you could send something your child makes to grandparents or relatives overseas.

47 Use chatting apps (WhatsApp, Line, etc.) to talk with friends and family who have same-aged children

Chatting apps are mobile and easy to use. Chat with friends in the 2nd who have children about the same age. Encourage your child to chat with them and their kids too. Ask their kids about themselves, their day etc. and encourage your child to talk about themselves.


48 Sing lullabies in the 2nd language to put your baby asleep

Lullabies are so soothing for baby and parent. Sing some Dutch lullabies to help your baby sleep. You can buy wind-up crib music at a baby store. Play the music and sing in the Dutch. Establish is as a routine and enjoy the time holding your baby and knowing you are soothing him/her.


49 Consider homeschooling by getting an online curriculum

More and more people are turning to homeschooling these days and there are plenty of resources online. Do some research and find something that suits you and your child. Depending on the school hours where you live, it may be possible for your child to attend the local school and follow a homeschooling curriculum.


50 Send your child to a summer camp where he/she can study Dutch in a short time.

Summer camp is a great experience for children. It is often their first extended time away from home and a chance to make lots of new friends and try a variety of activities for the first time. ‘Language’ camps for kids usually incorporate study with lots of games/crafts/activities related to the 2nd language culture. Look online or on the notice board in community centers and other public buildings.


Dutch learning for children – Dutch teaching video

[youtube=] Dino Lingo Dutch for Kids is a Dutch language learning set where cartoon dinosaur characters introduce the most common 200 words and phrases in Dutch. The Dutch learning DVD set includes 5 DVDs and flash cards.
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Children can quickly learn and speak Dutch, thanks to the award-winning lessons by Dino Lingo Kids

Dino Lingo Dutch for Kids is an award-winning language teaching program pedagogically designed for small children.This program consists of 5 DVDs, 100 flash cards, posters and the parents guide.After watching the DVDs several times and playing with the flash cards, most children can easily name everyday objects and understand basic phrases in Dutch. Dino Lingo Dutch for Kids is suitable for all children between the ages of 2 to 7 years old.
Dutch learning DVDs for kids
Dino Lingo Dutch for Kids learning program teaches the most common 200 Dutch words and phrases in 5 DVDs.

DVD 1 — Let’s Count : Numbers and colors / 35 min.
DVD 2 — Let’s Eat : Food, fruit and vegetables / 35 min.
DVD 3 — Let’s Play : Toys, house items, vehicles / 35 min.
DVD 4 — Let’s Jump : Verbs, actions and nature / 35 min.
DVD 5 — Let’s Learn : Family, body parts, and clothes / 35 min.
Daily conversations and animals are included in all five DVDs.
Dutch learning flash cards for kids

Dino Lingo Dutch learning flash cards teach the most common one hundred words in Dutch. Each flash card set comes in a small clear box contains 100 flash cards.

Flash card set categories: Numbers, colors, food, fruit and vegetables, house items, body parts, family, clothes, vehicles and nature.
This picture dictionary has colorful photos of the most common 45 animals. Great to test your child’s learning progress and play “spot and name.”
Categories: Pets, farm animals, sea animals, wild animals, birds, insects and reptiles.
This poster has the most common fourty five animal cartoon images.
Categories: Pets, farm animals, sea animals, zoo animals, birds, insects and reptiles.

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Dutch Culture for children – Fun Facts, Food, music, language and more..

Dutch Fun Facts – Holland/Netherlands

DINOLINGO The Dutch national soccer has played three finals in the world cup soccer; in 1974 (against Germany), 1978 (against Argentina) and 2010 (againstSpain), but unfortunately never won the cup. It is found to be quite remarkable that such a small nation plays a rather large role on the international soccer stage. Soccer is national number one sport: cycling number two and speed skating number three.

Amsterdam is the capitol of The Netherlands. This city is known for is tolerant ambiance. There is a historic reason for this rather loose and tolerant attitude; During the seventeen hundreds, Amsterdam was a safe haven for many refugees and other thinkers, fleeing dictator regimes throughout Europe. When these people all came together in Amsterdam, they discovered that the town accepted other perspectives. As long as you paid your tax on time, you where welcome in Amsterdam.

Dutch Verbal Communication & Dialects – Holland/Netherlands

DINOLINGO As in most European countries, in Holland it is expected to use the formal form “U” or “Uw”. You continue to use this formal address until the other person informs you that it’s okay to use the informal form “je/jij”. It is very common to address older people with the formal form and they might even continue to address you in this form because in the old days the formal address was much more commonly used.

Although the Netherlands is a relativelty small country, it has over thirty different regional dialects. The part of The Netherlands below the major rivers Rijn, Waal and Maas is historically Catholic and orientated more toward Belgium and France. Here dialects such as “Brabants”, “Limburg” and “Zeeuws” is spoken.

The part above the main rivers is more traditionally Protestant and orientated toward Scandinavia. Here dialects such as “Gronings”, “Drents” and “Achterhoeks” are spoken. “Fries” is actually an official language spoken in Friesland, a northern territory in Holland.

Dutch Children’s Games – Holland/Netherlands

DINOLINGO “Sjoelbakken”: This is a very popular Dutch shuffleboard game. Sjoelbak is loved by kids, but adults can also play it. All you need is a 6 ½-foot wooden shuffleboard table and wooden disks. Every player has three chances to get four wooden disks to pass four marked arches that are numbered from 1 to 4. The player with the highest number of points wins the game.

“Kinkkeren”: Round shiny marbles have captured the imaginations of Dutchchildren for centuries. This game of shooting marbles dates back to the Romans and is still extremely popular in the Netherlands. Dutch children have even gone as far as giving specific marbles special names. For example, a large marble is called a “giant giant bonk.” There are many varieties of marble games, however they all require players to use their marbles to “shoot” competitors’ marbles out of a large circular arena marked on the ground. The last player with untouched marbles wins the game.

Dutch Stories – Holland/Netherlands

DINOLINGO One popular Dutch story is that of Hans Brinker. Hans Brinker was a little Dutch boy that saved The Netherlands. On a lovely autumn day he was out for a stroll with his friend Liesa. They where picking flowers, then sat in the grass to eat some chocolate. It was a beautiful early fall day until the weather suddenly turned. A gigantic storm rolled in and the wind got out of control. The waves in the sea swelled and before Hans and Liesa realized it, they were pounding on the dykes. One dyke almost collapsed, but Hans quickly put his finger on the point where the dyke was about to break. In the mean time, Liesa ran to the village calling for help. Swiftly, a group of strong construction workers showed up to repair the damaged dyke. Little Hans Brinker was reconized as a hero.

Dutch Festivals and Traditions – Holland/ Netherlands

DINOLINGO ‘Sinterklaas’ is one of the main traditional holidays. Sinterklaas is a bishop, originally from Spain. Together with his friendly helper ‘colorful Peter’ he travels to The Netherlands to deliver presents to children. He does so by climbing the roofs of the houses on his strong, white horse named “schimmel”. While on the roof, colorful Peter will climb through the chimney and put presents in the kids shoes, which have been placed beside the fire place.

Another important Dutch holiday is “Koninginnedag” (or Queens day), celebrated on April 30th. People celebrate the Queens birthday by dancing, singing, eating, and drinking in the streets. Traditionally, this is also a great opportunity to sell off old, unused items that have been sitting in basements. Many city centers become enormous ‘garage sales’.

Christmas and Easter are also celebrated in Holland. There is one exception; There is a 1st and 2nd Christmas/Easter day in Holland. During Christmas, family comes together to celebrate and eat goodies. Presents are not given during Christmas as they are reserved more for Sinterklaas.

Traditional Dutch Clothing – Holland / Netherlands

DINOLINGO  Wooden shoes are the typical traditional shoe ware. They are remarkably light, comfortable, and actually very good for your feet. They are very handy and safe on a Dutch dairy farm just in case a cow might step on the farmers foot. Wearing wooden clogs protects the farmer’s toes.

In addition to being a semi-safety shoe, wooden shoes are warm. During the winter months people who where them place straw in the shoe as insulation, thus making them very warm. When the wooden shoes get worn out, they are often nailed against a barn or other building wall and used as a place to plant flowers or greenery.

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Click here to see Holland national flag

Dutch food – Holland / Netherlands

DINOLINGO  The number one fast food in the Netherlands is fresh cut Frenchfries served with a variety of sauces. In addition, local favorites include eel- and raw herring sandwiches, hardy deep brown bread rolls with Gouda cheese, and rich potato dishes like ‘hutspot’ and ‘boerenkool’. Hutspot is made from boiled potatoes, carrot and onions. After it is boiled, it needs to be mashed with lots of butter and a variety of cheeses. This is all served with traditional sausage and a yummy creamy mushroom gravy.
You will also find a big variety of delectable sweets like chocolate, spiced biscuits, and “stroopwafels”. Stroop wafels consist of two tiny, thinly cut waffles with a thick carmel syrup between that crystallizes the cookie into a chewy morsel. Before eating, you can place the cookie on top of a hot cup of tea or chocolate, in order to soften it a bit.

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Childrens songs Dutch- Slaap maar zacht Hansje pansje kevertje Luuk en Liesje elsje …

Alle eendjes zwemmen in het water Dutch song Alle eendjes zwemmen in het water.Dutch Songs for children

Kinderliedje: Berend Botje Dutch song Kinderliedje: Berend Botje. Dutch Songs for children

Kinderliedjes: Kortjakje Dutch song Kinderliedjes: Kortjakje. Dutch Songs for children

Smakelijk eten, hap, hap Dutch song Smakelijk eten, hap, hap. Dutch Songs for children

Drie Kleine Kleutertjes Dutch song Drie Kleine Kleutertjes. Dutch Songs for children

Berend Botje Dutch song Berend Botje. Dutch Songs for children

Luuk en Liesje elsje Dutch song Luuk en Liesje elsje. Dutch Songs for children

Kortjakje Dutch song Kortjakje. Dutch Songs for children

Hansje pansje kevertje Dutch song Hansje pansje kevertje. Dutch Songs for children

In de maneschijn Dutch song In de maneschijn. Dutch Songs for children

Klein kleutertje Dutch song Klein kleutertje. Dutch Songs for children

Schuitje varen Dutch song Schuitje varen. Dutch Songs for children

Slaap baby slaap Dutch song Slaap baby slaap. Dutch Songs for children

Slaap maar zacht Dutch song Slaap maar zacht Dutch Songs for children

Dutch lessons for kids

Dutch Fun Facts – Dutch language for children

Dutch is the most widely spoken language in Netherlands.
Dutch is the official language of 7 different countries in Europe, Africa and South America.
Dutch are known to be the tallest people in Europe.
One third of Dutch babies are born at home.
Some of the Dutch loan words are blaze, boss, cookie, golf, skate and yacht


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How to teach kids Dutch – Learning Dutch for children – Bilingual Dutch kids

Motivation Motivation Motivation

It’s extremely important that kids have motivation to learn Dutch. How to increase their motivation is not as difficult as you might think.You can simply do the following


Offer them rewards for learning extra words or phrases (e.g. , a chocolate bar from the Netherands, a trip to a Dutch restaurant, or his/her favorite place, such as an amusement park)


Especially for small children, including infants and toddlers, surprises are proven to increase motivation. If you play games like peekaboo (for babies) your child will be able to keep paying attention to the program.


Playing games like hide and seek by counting in Dutch or a cardboard game will do the trick.

Keep it short and simple

Not only adults but also children automatically lose interest if what they are asked to do is difficult. When you ask them to learn only a few Dutch words at a time, they will find the task more enjoyable and increase their confidence in learning Dutch.

Practice, Practice, Practice

Practice makes it perfect the old saying goes. If your child has no opportunity to practice what he/she learned, you can make sure that all the efforts are in vain.

-Test & quiz

You can speak to your child in Dutch if you know how to speak Dutch. If you don’t know how to speak Dutch, you can still ask questions like “what is “this” in Dutch?” by showing an object. If you know a few words in Dutch, you can show him/her 2 objects and ask “which one is “…”?” Kids love drawing things, you can also play with your children and ask them to draw objects by calling object names in Dutch, e.g. “can you draw me a ….?”

-Talking with native speakers.

Another way of practicing Dutch is giving your child opportunities to interact with native speakers of Dutch. It would also be a fun family activity to visit a place where Dutch is spoken such as a Dutch restaurant, Dutch supermarket, Dutch culture center, Dutch temple, Dutch school, Dutch community center etc.

-Flash cards

Flash cards might sound like an old school method but they are effective. Similar to Dino Lingo motion images, how flash cards work is very simple: they create object-sign associations in your childs brain after a short period of exposure. You can use Dino Lingo Dutch Flash cards or make your own and practice with your child. If you are wondering about how to use Dutch flash cards you can check out our blog post about Glenn Doman.

-Songs & Cartoons

Dino Lingo Dutch is a perfect combination of songs and cartoons. You can also find tons of Dutch songs and cartoons available online. It is also not a bad idea to buy some Dutch children’s song cd and play it in the car or at home as background music. Studies have shown that even background TV can increase children’s vocabulary.

-Children’s Stories

If your child knows some Dutch, you can purchase Dutch story books on the internet. If he/she doesn’t know how to speak Dutch, you can read fairy tales by replacing some words with Dutch  words.

Let them watch Dino Lingo Dutch videos regularly and play Dino Lingo Dutch language online games.Visit places where Dutch is spoken such as Dutch restaurants, Dutch supermarkets, Dutch culture centers, Dutch temples, Dutch schools, Dutch community centers.Play with fun educational stuff like Dutch jigsaw puzzles and Dutch toys. Don’t forget the posters (Dutch alphabet, sight words, Dutch flag).Interact with other kids who can speak Dutch  or studying together with someone with whom they can practice Dutch.

Dutch for kids, DVDs, CDs, books, flash cards and more

Dutch for kids / English- Dutch Vocabulary / Animals

English lesson for kids

Dutch lessons for kids


Dino Lingo Free Online Dutch Lesson / Dutch Vocabulary


parrot parkiet

eagle arend/adelaar

ostrich struisvogel

owl uil

flamingo flamingo

cow koe

horse paard

donkey ezel

sheep schaap

goat geit

pig varken

turkey kalkoen

chicken kip

duck eend

rooster haan

chick kuiken

ant mier

bee bij

butterfly vlinder

Spider spin

bug kever/insect

dolphin dolfijn

shark haai

whale walvis

penguin pinguïn

cat kat/poes

dog hond

bird vogel

fish vis

crocodile krokodil

frog kikker

snake slang

turtle schildpad

mouse muis

rabbit konijn

monkey aap

gorilla gorilla

giraffe giraf

lion leeuw

tiger tijger

rhino neushoorn

zebra zebra

hippopotamus nijlpaard

elephants olifant

deer hert

bear beer

panda panda/reuzenpanda

camel kameel

dinosaur dinosaurus

dragon draak