If you want to teach your kids Chinese, but don't speak it yourself, you've come to the right place. The resources I've chosen to compile here are a result of my experiences (as a mom and teacher) and the influences of my background in language development, literacy, and education. I hope that the ideas here will help you find creative ways to teach your children Chinese.
Chinese for Kids- Created by 321Speak, this program has the same layout as Rosetta Stone, but with vocabulary aimed at kids. The app utilizes simplified characters with pinyin. I've enjoyed this app and so have my children (ages 3 and 5). Currently there are 11 categories: body parts, people, animals, colors, numbers (Arabic numbers to Chinese pronunciation), food, school, getting places, home, opposites, and more food.
My only complaint is that the pictures are sometimes confusing. For example, the pictures used to drill numbers are difficult to see (too busy). Also, the pictures for up/down (上\下) are misleading. To illustrate, the picture
for "down" showed a cat that was under a sofa but was placed in the
upper portion of the picture. The picture for "up" showed a cat that was
on a table but placed in the lower half of the picture. When these
pictures are compared side-by-side, there is an opportunity for
confusion. It helps when an adult can direct the child's attention to
the relative position within each picture. The pictures illustrating other concepts are fine. However, because of these issues, I'm recomending parents to use this app not to teach the vocabulary, but to reinforce the vocabulary.
Side Note- There is another Chinese program written by the same company called Chinese (Mandarin) Course- Speak and Learn Pro. Written for adults, Chinese (Mandarin) Course also uses simplified characters and pinyin. It contains over 50+ Lessons on various topics including: