Around the World
Vive la France! What do we know about France? Have you heard of this country before? Do you know anyone from France? Pull out your map: where is it located? How could we get there from our home? Watch this clip for an intro to France. Write down France in the kids' passport and they can stamp it with whatever you have at home: fun stamps, stickers, or draw their own!
Learn some key French phrases!
Oui (whee): Yes
Bonjour (bon-jur): Hello
Merci (meh-see): Thank you
Au Revoir (aw-revwah): Goodbye!
Choose 2-3 20-30 minute activities from the options below:
Color the Flag
Draw and colour the French flag. Write or sticker the country name in English (and your kid's second language, if relevant). Switch up the material for your flag each day - tissue paper, ribbons, feathers - as well as the size.
French yogurt cake - Gâteau au yaourt
All the measuring is done with a yogurt cup and so can be made super easily by kids - most children in France learn to make it by age 3. It’s a French classic, simple and delicious. Recipe here.
Build the Eiffel Tower
Built in 1889, ‘La Tour Eiffel’ in Paris, France, is one of the most well-known structures in the world! It’s made of iron and is named after Gustave Eiffel, the man whose company built the tower. Click here for a video of the elevator ride! Make your own Eiffel Tower: older kids can sketch it, or construct it from materials at home. For littlers, draw an outline and have them fill it in using cut-up straws, plasticine, glitter, popsicle sticks, felt flowers, or dried pasta.
Monet & Degas: Tutus & Waterlilies
There are many, many famous French artists. The Louvre museum in Paris is the most famous art museum in the world, and stores some of the finest art ever made. Let's look at 2 famous French artists:
Take a peek at some of Edgar Degas' famous oil paintings of ballerinas, and then make this sweet no-sew-tutu with your kids, all you need is thick elastic & some netting/tulle - et voila. NO SEW!
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
A Cat in Paris
‘Au Petit deJeuner’: French for ‘the little breakfast’ i.e. A croissant with butter & jam, baguette (French bread stick) with a glass of fresh orange juice, or coffee.
Tarte Tatin: a classic, delicious, appley French dessert. Click here for a simple Tarte Tatin recipe!
Macarons: a historical French sweet! If you can’t get to a French patisserie or bakery, try making lemon, chocolate or raspberry macarons at home.
Fruit Tart French Flag: take blueberries, raspberries/strawberries & white chocolate or marshmallows, and create an edible flag :)
Pomme frites i.e. French fries!