10 Catchy Chinese Children’s Songs on YouTube
Do you want to encourage your little ones to learn Mandarin Chinese? Music is an excellent way to introduce children to the language in a fun way.
Here are ten catchy Chinese children’s songs to add to your kids’ YouTube playlist.
These songs teach Chinese basics such as numbers, greetings, colours and body parts. I have chosen songs that are aimed at young children, so tweens and teens may roll their eyes at these antics.
If you’re an adult learner just starting out with Chinese, and can stand some repetition, you can check it out too!
As always, safety first. YouTube can be a dark place, so remember to set up some parental controls or sign up for YouTube Kids before you get started.
1. Learn “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes” in Mandarin Chinese – Learn Chinese With Emma
Learn vocabulary for body parts in Chinese with this adaptation of the classic song.
The Learn Chinese With Emma channel also a lot of video lessons adult beginner learners will find useful.
2. Baby Shark in Chinese – 碰碰狐
Enough said. Sorry in advance, parents. Subtitles for this one use traditional characters.
3. Song to Learn ‘Greetings’ in 3 Minutes! – Chinese Buddy
This song teaches different greetings in Chinese such as 你 好 (Hello) and 你叫什么名字 (What is your name?)
The tune is pretty repetitive, but ‘你 好, 你 好！我 叫 Tim!’ has been on constant replay in my head for the past couple of days so it’s obviously doing something right.
4. Frozen – ‘Let It Go’ (Chinese Mandarin)
Can’t go wrong with some classic Disney. This Mandarin version of Frozen’s ‘Let it Go’ has lyrics in Pinyin, simplified characters and English translation.
5. Happy New Year! (新年好!) – Little Fox Chinese
This upbeat tune teaches New Year’s greetings such as 新年好 and 恭喜发财.
It features cute, colourful animal animations and is a good jumping off point to teach children about Chinese New Year traditions.
6. 小星星 (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star) – Stars Kingdom
Learn to sing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ in Chinese. Note: The lyrics are only in simplified characters with no Pinyin support.
This medley by 童谣 | Chinese Kids Songs includes Pinyin and English translations for ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’ in the description.
7. Numbers 1-5 (数字1-5) and more | English x Chinese Songs | +Compilation – Pinkfong! Kids’ Songs & Stories
This bilingual (English and Mandarin) medley covers a range of educational topics, including colours, the weather and numbers.
8. Family Members in Chinese Learning Song – Chinese Buddy
This song teaches children vocabulary for immediate family members in Chinese. Lyrics are provided in simplified characters, Pinyin and English.
Parents and Mandarin teachers can also join Club Laoshi to access PDF worksheets for Chinese Buddy songs ($88 per year).
9. The Happy Birthday song
These two fun videos teach different versions of the Happy Birthday song in Chinese.
10. To learn Pinyin
Make learning Pinyin fun with these two videos.