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February 13, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: puppets french kids

My daughter is often very shy and doesn’t like to talk when I want her to speak French. It’s not that she doesn’t know how to do it, she just is shy. Today, we spent the morning making different kinds of puppets. Then, afterwards she and I had conversations with our puppets in French. By using a puppet a lot of shyness vanished. And we had a great time at the same time.
Even if your kids aren’t shy, it’s still a great way to practice French and change things up a bit !

You can make sock puppets, paper bag puppets, paper plate puppets, or a gazillion other types of puppets. This site has a lot of directions for various puppets:

Papillons and French!

February 10, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: butterfly french kids

Papillons (butterflies) used to be my son’s favorite word in French. So, I thought I’d revisit it and do an activity with papillons.

What you need:

tissue paper
markers or crayons
googgle eyes (if you have them)
glue or tape
pipe cleaner

What to do:
1. Help your child cut out tissue paper to make papillon wings. They can make them oval, heart shape or any shape they like.

2. Have your child color patterns on the wings. As they color the patterns, they can say the names of the colors in French.
3. Tape or glue the wings onto the clothespin. Or you can just stick the paper inside the clothespin.
4. Glue eyes or draw eyes on the clothespin.
5. Use pipe cleaners to form the antennae. They can also decorate it with glitter.
6. Then, you can clip the papillon to various locations around the house and play a game where your child has to find the papillon. When they spot it, they can say, “Je vois un papillon.”

French Alphabet

February 09, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: alphabet

It’s so cute when a child learns how to sing the Alphabet Song in English. It’s even cuter when they can sing it in French.

Here’s a YouTube video which will help practicing the alphabet sounds in French:

Then after they learn the letters, they can sing the ABC song in French!

It’s very hard to write the phonetics for French words, but I thought it would be useful for some people to have a guide when teaching their kids the French alphabet. This is just my interpretation, not a text book version.

A- aah
E-euh (This one is a bit difficult for me to transcribe.)
Q- keu
R-air (roll tongue a bit)
T- tay
X- eekz
Z- zed

Making Valentine’s Day cards and learning French!

February 08, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Valentine's day French Teach Learn Children Kids

Today we spent our time making St. Valentine’s Day cards. Sure it’s easy to go to Wal-mart and buy a bunch for a few bucks, but it was more fun this way and a great learning experience for the kids. We made sponge heart cards. I cut out sponges in the shapes of hearts and had all of the different paint colors on different plates. I made them speak French while they were stamping their hearts on the cards. They said things like, “J’ai un cœur bleu.” (I have a blue heart.)

After the paint on the cards dried, I got the children to practice their printing. My oldest son is now 6, so it wasn’t a problem for him, but I helped my 4 year old a bit with hers. They wrote, “Je t’aime!” (I love you) on the cards right above the painted hearts.

It was a very successful French lesson!

Shapes and Colors in French for Kids

February 05, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: worksheet shapes colors french

Here’s an activity you can do with your children to teach them shapes and colors. You can introduce the French shape words and then they can go on a scavenger hunt around your house to find things that are ‘cercle’ shaped or ‘ovale’ shaped. When they bring you back and item you can ask them to say the shape in French.

As a review the French shape words the next day or to reinforce the above activity at any time, you can use the worksheet on the side of this page. This worksheet can be used with all ages of kids. If you use it with your preschoolers, you’ll have to help them read the French words.

Here are some French shape vocabulary words to get you started:
le carré – the square
le cercle – the circle
le cœur – the heart
le rectangle – the rectangle
le losange – the diamond
l’ovale – the oval

Making Crêpes and learning about the French Culture

February 04, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: crêpes cooking french culture

It’s important for me that my children learn a lot about the culture of the various countries which speak French. Today we focused on France, an obvious choice. One of the things I loved most about France when I lived there was its food. YUM!

Today we made crêpes. It was a lot of fun; however it took me awhile to make a decent crêpes. At first they were too thick. Finally, I looked online and found this good videoa about making crêpes.

We put lots of yummy things inside our crêpes: raspberry jam, chocolate and nutella. We put whipped cream on top as well. The kids had a great time filling and eating the crêpes. Be creative with your crêpes, the sky is the limit!

Slap Jack and learning your numbers in French

February 03, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: cards french learn children

As I was saying yesterday it’s important for your children to practice their numbers in a variety of contexts and out-of-order, so that they will know them inside and out. Lot’s of kids can count to 10 in another language, but it’s imporant to be able to say 6 without having to count up to 6.

Today my daughter asked me to play Slack Jack for the 50th time this week. I love playing cards, but I thought it was time I made it a bit more educational. I told her that from now on if we play it she has to say all of the number cards that she flips over in French. It was a complete success and we had a great time.

For those of you who don’t know how to play slap jack, this is how it is played. You can play with as many people as you want, but if you play it the French game you may want to stick to 2 players. Deal out all cards evenly to everyone who is playing. Then, all together you flip a card over. (This is where I had my daughter say the number in French.) If there is a Jack, then the first person who slaps it wins all of the cards that are turned over. I felt like there weren’t enough Jacks in our deck, so we made Jokers to be like Jacks and we could slap those too.

Making handprints to learn numbers in French

February 02, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: Teach french kids children colors numbers

One simple fun way to teach your children their numbers in French is to make some handprints on papers with fingerpaint. After they dry, you can hang them up on the fridge and count the fingers in French once a day to review the numbers.

Not into messy painting? A different way to achieve the same result is to trace your children’s hands on a piece of paper and then label each finger with a number.

Remember when teaching the French numbers to your children to mix it up and have them count backwards. This will help them to learn their numbers in French without having to count up to a certain number.
10 – dix
9 – neuf
8 – huit
7 – sept
6 – six
5 – cinq
4 – quatre
3 – trois
2 – deux
1 – un
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