When my daughter was 2, I decided to learn Chinese with her. Initially, she was very resistant to new Chinese words and would demand, “No more Chinese, mommy!”
Teach Kids to Love Chinese with Music
Singing and dancing to Chinese music are fun and inviting ways to learn Chinese!
Warming up with Chinese translations of English songs
When my daughter had a strong preference for English, I first looked for Chinese translations of her favorite English songs, 小星星 (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) and 生日快乐 (Happy Birthday). These familiar tunes bridged the difficult and daunting transition of learning Chinese.
Growing to love original Chinese music
Over time, we grew to love popular Chinese songs for kids. 我有一雙小小手 (Wǒ yǒu yī shuāng xiǎo xiǎo shǒu / I Have a Pair of Hands) and 一分钱 (Yī fēn qián / One Penny) is often on replay, and my kids listen to 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise music everyday!
Now, my daughter is 5 years old, and she loves to put on pretend concerts with her 2-year-old brother! The kids will decide which CD to put in their CD player or request a song on my iPhone. Then they grab markers to serve as imaginary microphones and start belting out Chinese tunes together!
Important Chinese vocabulary
- 儿歌 / 兒歌 (Érgē / Children’s songs)
- 唱歌 (Chànggē / Sing songs)
- 歌曲 (Gēqǔ / Song)
- 音乐 / 音樂 (Yīnyuè / Music)
- 让我们再唱吧 / 讓我們再唱吧! (Ràng wǒmen zài chàng ba! / Let’s sing it again!)
Top Chinese Music Albums for Kids
Here is a list of our favorite, non-screechy Mandarin Chinese children’s music albums which include over 100+ Chinese songs that you can explore!
I have low tolerance for nails-on-a-chalkboard voices and don’t understand why children’s songs are frequently off-pitch.
Although there are many options, please don’t feel like you need to get all of them!
Instead, start with a one or two albums; expand your playlist as your family outgrows the prior songs.
We have all of these Chinese children’s songs but only listen to a few of the albums regularly.
Numbers 1-7 on the list are my children’s favorites, and I’ve listed the soundtracks for those albums, which we consider must-haves!
For details of all albums, please lick on the links to preview each album in iTunes, Google Play, Amazon, and/or Ximalaya.
I hope that both you and your family can find your favorites here and learn the lyrics together! 🙂
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MandaRhymes has free Chinese music for kids with highlighted traditional Chinese characters and Pinyin text to help with pronunciation.
2. A Little Mandarin
A Little Mandarin was produced by a Chinese-American mom of trilingual children! This was the first Chinese album that I purchased for my family. The vocals are very clear and pleasant, and this is always the first CD that I recommend to families learning Chinese.
- Make A Phone Call – 打电话
- Two Tigers – 两只老虎
- Little Duckling – 小鸭子
- Sitting In A Row – 排排坐
- [Twinkle Twinkle] Little Star – 小星星
- Scale Song – 音阶歌
- Going To School Song – 上学歌
- Find A Friend – 找朋友
- I Have A Pair Of Little Hands – 我有一双小小手
- Rowing The Boat – 划船
- Pulling The Radish – 拔萝卜
- Doll And Little Bear Dancing – 洋娃娃和小熊跳舞
- One Penny – 一分钱
- Rock-A-Bye – 摇啊摇
- Happy Birthday – 生日快乐
BONUS TRACK: Happy New Year – 新年好
3. Shanghai Restoration Project – Little Dragon Tales: Chinese Children’s Songs
Little Dragon Tales is a collection of 12 classic Chinese Children’s songs with a modern twist featuring the voices of the Yip’s Canada Children’s Choir.
- Making Friends (Zhao Peng You)
- Where Is Spring? (Chun Tian Zai Na Li?)
- Clay Doll (Ni Wa Wa)
- Two Tigers (Liang Zhi Lao Hu)
- Congratulations (Gong Xi Gong Xi)
- Sticky Dumplings for Sale (Mai Tang Yuan)
- Selling Newspapers (Mai Bao Ge)
- Finding Flowers in the Snow (Ta Xue Xun Mei)
- The Schoolboy (Du Shu Lang)
- Feng Yang Flower Drum (Feng Yang Hua Gu)
- Little Swallow (Xiao Yan Zi)
- Little White Boat (Xiao Bai Chuan)
- Dreaming of Home and Mother
4. Kids Learn Mandarin – I Can Sing in Mandarin!
I Can Sing in Mandarin! is a collection of Chinese songs about regular, everyday life. This is a great album for broadening basic Chinese vocabulary.
- I Can Count In Mandarin
- Colors Outside My Window
- Little Animals
- One Red Apple
- My Family
- Head, Shoulders, Tummy, Hands
- Let’s Get Dressed for School
- Boats, Cars, & Planes
- Let’s Play!
- I have a Little House
- My Favorite Food
- Smile to the Sun
5. Chinese songs for kids 謝欣芷 幸福的孩子愛唱歌
- 哈囉歌, 第一幕, 2. 五官, 3. 第二幕, 4. 禮貌歌, 5. 第三幕, 6, 幸福的孩子愛唱歌, 7, 第四幕, 8, 手指運動, 9. 第五幕, 10. 第五幕, 11. 親愛的, 謝謝妳, 12. 第六幕, 13. 水果歌, 14. 第七幕, 15. 音樂魔法, 16. 第八幕, 17. 數星星, 18. 第九幕, 19. 寶貝乖乖睡
- 哈囉歌, 2. 五官, 3. 禮貌歌, 4. 幸福的孩子愛唱歌, 5. 手指運動, 6. 親愛的，謝謝妳, 7. 水果歌, 8. 音樂魔法, 9. 數星星, 10. 數星星(bonus 童音版), 11. 寶貝乖乖睡, 12. 五官(伴唱版), 13. 禮貌歌(伴唱版), 14. 幸福的孩子愛唱歌(伴唱版）, 15. 手指運動(伴唱版), 16. 親愛的，謝謝妳(伴唱版), 17. 水果歌(伴唱版), 18. 音樂魔法(伴唱版), 19. 數星星(伴唱版), 20. 寶貝乖乖睡(伴唱版)
6. 讚美之泉 Stream of Praise Music Ministries
Please refer to our review of the various Stream of Praise Chinese Christian songs and printable lyrics!
7. Chinese Christmas Music: Merry Christmas – Black Duck
- Silent Night (Chinese)
- Silent Night (English)
- Ode to Joy (Chinese)
- Oh, Susana (Chinese)
- Christmas Day (Chinese)
- Jingle Bells (Chinese)
- Jingle Bells (English)
- Edelweiss (Chinese)
- Edelweiss (English)
- Do Re Mi (Chinese)
- Serenade (Chinese)
- Merry Christmas (Chinese)
- Flowers in Bud (Chinese)
- Song of Boat (Chinese)
- Auld Lang Syne (Chinese)
- Song of Cradle (Chinese)
- Hand in Hand (Chinese)
Related: Chinese Christmas Music on YouTube!
8. All is Love 爱你爱我 – Hoop Kids
9. Children Playground 儿童乐园 – Hoop Kids
10. Hoops Kids – My Honey Baby 亲亲我的宝贝 – Hoop Kids
11. The Sky Tree 天空树 – Hoop Kids
12. The Sweet Home 宝贝我的家 – Hoop Kids
13. The Love River 孩子的暖暖河 – Hoop Kids
14. Welcome Happiness! 快乐，快乐一直来 – Hoop Kids
You can find more free Chinese music for kids on Ximalaya by searching “儿歌.” 儿歌 (Érgē) is the Chinese translation for “Children’s Song.”
15. Chinese music for kids 楊爍兒歌集 – 楊爍
16. Sing & Learn Chinese! By Stéphane Husar & Peng Ya-Yun
17. Sing and Learn Chinese – Trio Jan Jeng and Selina Yoon
18.中国儿歌曲库, Vol. 4: 童歌经典 – 小蓓蕾组合
19. 中国儿歌曲库, Vol. 14: 童歌经典 – 小蓓蕾组合
20. 中国儿歌曲库, Vol. 15: 童歌经典 – 小蓓蕾组合
21. Chinese Kids Songs – Favorite Nursery Rhymes in English & Mandarin, Vol. 1 – The Countdown Kids
22. Chinese Kids Songs – Favorite Nursery Rhymes in English & Mandarin, Vol. 2 – The Countdown Kids
23. Chinese Kids Songs – Favorite Nursery Rhymes in English & Mandarin, Vol. 3 – The Countdown Kids
24. Chinese Kids Songs – Favorite Nursery Rhymes in English & Mandarin, Vol. 4 – The Countdown Kids
More Chinese Songs for Kids
Check out other great Chinese songs for children on this website, including printable lyrics for:
What are your family’s favorite Chinese songs? Please let me know if I should add more to this list! 🙂