Language for Little Learners


Learning French and eating banana boats!

January 29, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: banana learn french children teach

It’s too cold outside to enjoy nice campfire fun; however you can still do some of the activities inside your house. When I was little and went to camp, we made banana boats. I had so much fun making and eating them that I decided to make them with my children today while teaching a little French at the same time.

Banana Boats:

What you need:
tin foil
chocolate squares (like a hersey bar that you can break into squares)
marshmellows (small ones work best)

What to do:
1. Take a banana that is still inside the peel and cut it length ways.
2. Stuff chocolate squares and marshmellows in it (you might want to scoop a little banana out if you don’t have room).
3. Wrap it up in tin foil making sure to close it tightly.
4. Put the wrapped banana on an oven safe pan and put it in the oven.
(You should watch the bananas closely in the oven, you don’t want them to burn. I cooked them in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes, but all ovens vary. You can take them out of the oven and test them to see if the marshmellows and chocolate are melted.)
5. Take them out of the oven, unwrap them from the tinfoil and put on a plate for your child. They can get really hot, so be careful.

Here are some vocabulary words we used during this activity:

Banana – la banane
Chocolate – le chocolat
Marshmellow – la guimauve
Boat – le bateau
Cook – cuisinier
Eat – manger

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