Portuguese Songs For Kids

Today I decided to focus on the little ones, and I will write about Portuguese Songs For Kids.

Many of my students have children or grandchildren that also want to learn this beautiful language, and I understand that there are not a lot of resources.

With these songs, I hope that I can bring the language to children, in an easy and fun way. But adults, sing along too! Never underestimate the power that Portuguese children’s songs can have in your language learning process!

Red-haired girl plays guitar and sings

All of the following songs are traditional Portuguese songs, that have been passed from generation to generation and when I was a little girl I used to sing them all the time. In the car, going on trips, at school, at home, with my parents. All times seemed to be good to pull one out of the bag and start singing!

You can check the videos, where you will hear me singing and playing (do not judge me, I am not a professional player – I just wanted to give you a sense of how the music goes) and you can also check out the lyrics.

So, shall we start?

Portuguese Songs for Children


Doidas, doidas, andam as galinhas

Lyrics in Portuguese:
Doidas, doidas, doidas, andam as galinhas
Para pôr o ovo lá no buraquinho
Raspam, raspam, raspam
P’ra alisar a terra
Bicam, bicam, bicam
Para fazer o ninho

Lyrics in English:
Crazy, crazy, crazy the chickens go around
To put the egg in the hole
They scratch, scratch, scratch
To smooth the earth
They hit the ground with their beak
To build the nest


Era uma vez um cavalo

Lyrics in Portuguese:
Era uma vez um cavalo
Que vivia num lindo carrossel
Tinha as orelhas de burro
E a cabeça era feita de papel
A galope xalalá Sem parar xalalá
Cavalinho nunca sai do seu lugar Xalalá (BIS)

Lyrics in English:
Once upon a time there was a horse
Who lived on a beautiful carousel
It had donkey ears
And the head was made of paper
Galloping Xalalá
Nonstop Xalalá
The little horse never leaves his seat Xalalá (BIS)


Papagaio Loiro

Lyrics in Portuguese:
Papagaio loiro
De bico doirado
Leva-me esta carta
Ao meu namorado

Lyrics in English:
Blond Parrot
With a golden beak
Take this letter
To my boyfriend


Brilha, Brilha Estrelinha

Lyrics in Portuguese:
Brilha, brilha lá no céu
A estrelinha que nasceu
E logo outra surge ao lado
E o céu fica iluminado

Brilha, brilha lá no céu
A estrelinha que nasceu =)

Lyrics in English (literally translated):
It shines, shines in the sky
The little star that was born
And suddenly another one appears next to it
And the sky is illuminated

It shines, shines up there in the sky
The little star that was born

English version of the song:
Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle, twinkle little star
How I wonder what you are


I hope you enjoy listening to these songs and that you share it with the children and adults of your life! To get a better insight on the lyrics, please select CC when looking at the videos 😉 It will make it easier to sing along, I reckon!

Also, if you enjoyed this post, please let me know in the comments either on the comment section below or on the comment section in youtube! Likes are always welcome too!

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If you want to learn Portuguese in a structured and fun way you should check out my Online Course here.

I will continue singing now (or maybe I will stop..people may start to complain if I don’t aha 😉

See you later!

Portuguese Songs For Kids

2 Comments to “Portuguese Songs For Kids”

  1. Hi Mia,
    love your lessons. I have been using childrens’ books to help my Portuguese reading ability. I bought a book of Portuguese songs from Pingo Doce (they have a lot of great books for kids in Portuguese) which I and my friends use to try and learn Portuguese. The best songbook I have found is ‘cantar Portugal’ para miudas e miudos. It has a free CD and the words and music for the songs.
    I live in a small village, ‘Almegue’ near Cernache do Bonjardim, 6 houses, 10 people. My neighbours seem to speak a dialect, not the grammatical Portuguese that we learn in class. Have you any ideas on how to pick up dialects?
    Cheers
    Tony Charlton

    1. Hey Tony!
      I am glad you enjoy learning Portuguese this way. I really think it’s a good way for adults too 🙂
      About the dialects, I think the only effective way is by speaking and listening as much as you can!
      That’s more a less how I learnt (a bit, at least) how to speak in the dialect in Bavaria, south of German…
      I am sorry that I don’t have any magical ways, but i really believe immersion is the best way 🙂
      Muito obrigada,
      Mia.

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