Thursday, 21 August 2014

Nous allons à la chasse à l'ours

Last Friday, I decided to base our session around the story "Nous allons à la chasse à l'ours" (we're going on a bear hunt).  With it being the school holidays and people being on holidays etc I decided that starting a new theme would be best left until term restarts in September so these final 3 summer sessions will each be stand alones based on a story and we will sing requests from the children.

We started as usual by singing our bonjour song but then we listened to the story whilst walking through our interactive bear hunt around the hall.  Sadly I didn't have chance to photograph all the stages of our bear hunt, it was too tricky whilst reading the story aloud but I will explain how I had set each part up.

First in the story comes "la prairie" (the meadow) with it's swishy swashy grass.  I cut long strips of green wrapping paper and attached them on to a net curtain pole with sticky tape.  I then attached the pole across the top of 2 chairs.  The children then had to go through the grass  "flou flou"

Second is "la rivière" (the river).  I placed a blue beach towel on the floor and filled a washing up bowl with water. The children had to remove their socks and shoes and paddle through the water "splich splach" - they all seemed up enjoy this one, they actually took their time and I managed to snap a pic or two!

Next up is "la boue" (the mud).  For this I used a brown towel and put some cushioning under it in places to make the footing less steady.  The children had to "plaf plouf" their way across.

The fourth obstacle they come to is "la fôret" (the forest).  I had collected a selection of large twigs from the garden and used playdoh to stand them up. I scattered the floor with leaves and the children crept through to the forest sounds "hou hou". Managed to snap a quick photo here too 

Next comes "la neige" (the snowstorm). My big girls helped me out here, they each stood on a chair and threw cotton wool balls down on us as we swirled and whirled our way through "cross crass".

Finally we had arrived at "une grotte" (a cave).  This was made from a table and chairs and a big brown blanket, hidden inside were several bears (each child had brought their bear along and my eldest had hidden them before we started).  Each child took turns to tiptoe in "petit petat" and discover their bear before we all ran back through the obstacles and back to our singing circle where a big spotty blanket was ready and waiting for us to hide under in our bed!

"Nous n'irons plus jamais à la chasse à l'ours!"
Well actually I think we all had so much fun we probably will go on a bear hunt again! :0)

For our craft activity we made our own bear hunt maps with all the different obstacles included so that we can remember our bear hunt.  Here they are:

If you go on your own bear hunt this week we hope you have fun!! 
If you would like to buy the French version of her book or borrow it from your library, the isbn numbers is: 978-2-211-05101-9/11.2011
The original story "we're going on a bear hunt" was written by Michael Rosen and the French version was translated by Claude Lauriot Prévost.

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Le transport - week 6 le petit train

I can't believe how behind I am with posting, it is now well over a month since our 6th and final week on the transport theme! Poorly children and then holidays in la belle France have left me way behind on the blogging front!

So, I will try to think back to the last transport session.  Our craft was based on the song "le petit train" which is a firm favourite with all our little ones and a regular request at the end of each session whatever the current topic.  I decided on a painting craft as that always proves popular with the children - well who doesn't like getting messy :0)

We used different sponges and shape stamps to make our train carriages and windows, wheels, funnel, etc. and to make the track we printed using wooden lolly sticks.  The children used their fingers to print the smoke. The finished paintings were super, I'm sure you'll agree!

We have missed a few weeks through illness and holiday but were back again last Friday so I will blog about our bear hunt later this week :0)

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Le transport week 5 - au feu les pompiers

For our fifth transport week I took my inspiration from the song "au feu les pompiers" and although the actual fire engine doesn't feature in our craft I love these handprint firefighters :0)

We used a variety of materials from the craft boxes to make a house on fire.  We drew round our toddlers hands on red paper/foam and cut out for the firefighters then added faces and yellow hats to the fingertips.  The hosepipes are pipe cleaners and we used blue tissue and other materials to make the water.  The children were really engaged in the task and spent ages cutting out their houses and tearing up tissue for water and flames.  They also really enjoyed turning their handprints into little people. :0)

We hope you have as much fun as we did! 

Happy singing and crafting :0)

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Le transport week 4 - bateau sur l'eau

For the fourth week of our transport theme, we made boats and floated them in a bowl of water.

This is a really simple craft to make with your toddler but one which provides lots of fun.  Little imp has been playing with her boat in the sink and the water table all week :0)

To make your own you will need:
A foil of plastic tray
A wooden lolly stick
A small piece of card
Play d'oh or similar
Collage materials to decorate sail
Stickers and foam shapes to decorate the outside of the tray
Characters cut from a magazine to be the passengers in your boat

Let your toddler start decorating the foil tray whilst you snip 2 holes in the card and slip the lolly stick through to form the mast and sail.

Now let your toddler decorate the sail.

Place a ball of play d'oh in the middle of the tray and secure the mast in place

Your bateau is now ready to set sail :0)

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Le transport week 3 - bus snack craft

For the third week of our transportation theme, I decided on an edible craft.  These always prove popular with the toddlers who love the opportunity not only to get messy but also have a yummy treat to eat as well :0)

I saw this idea on Pinterest and thought it seemed simple enough for our little ones to have a go at independently.

To make your own bus snack you will need:

A crackerbread (or similar rectangular shaped biscuit/cracker)
Cream cheese
Food colouring (any colour you like)
Mini party ring biscuits (or similar, the example I saw on Pinterest used mini Oreos)
Shreddies (or similar for the windows)

First colour the cream cheese then let your toddler spread this over the cracker bread.
Let them add the shreddie windows and mini party ring wheels
And there you have it, a simple but tasty snack :0)

Here are our fabulous buses:

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Le transport week 2 - flying rockets

For the second week of our transport theme, the craft was inspired by a favourite song of our toddlers, le petit train.  However, it is not the train verse that gets them excited but the final verse about "la fusée" (the rocket) which involves the children being lifted high into the air like a rocket blasting off! Great fun, although I must admit as little imp gets bigger it is increasingly hard work to lift her so high!! 

The rockets that we made can be made to fly when you blow into the straw that is inserted into them. The trick we have discovered is to blow out a long steady breath.  Blowing forcefully does not work at all!

To make your own flying rocket craft you will need:

Craft paper in a colour of your choice.
Glue stick
Stickers/collage bits for decoration
A small rectangle of thin card
Orange and yellow tissue paper
A straw

First cut out two identical rocket shapes from your craft paper and glue together.

Then let your toddler decorate to their hearts content.

Make small flame shapes from the yellow and orange tissues paper and glue onto to end of your rocket.

Stick the small card rectangle to the back of your rocket with Sellotape ensuring a complete seal on 3 sides and leaving a space big enough to slip the straw into on the bottom side.

Slide the straw a little way into the card pocket.  Blow slowly and steadily into the straw and (fingers crossed) your rocket will launch into outer space! :0). After a bit of practice even our little ones were able to launch their rockets.

Here they are to inspire you to create your own:

I tried to get an action shot but I wasn't really fast enough, this was the best I could do but hopefully it gives you the idea!

The rocket has disappeared into outer space!! :0)

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Le transport week 1 - les roues du bus

Last Friday was the first session of our new theme "le transport".  Our songs for this topic include "les roues du bus" (the wheels on the bus), "le petit train" (the little train), "Londre flambe" (London's burning), "il tourne en rond", "rame,rame, rame donc" (row row your boat) and "au feu les pompiers".  This last song being the only new song for our repertoire (see previous posts for the lyrics of the others), here are the lyrics to "au feu les pompiers" (to the fire, firefighters)

Au feu, les pompiers,
V'là la maison qui brûle!
Au feu les pompiers,
V'là la maison brûlée!

C'est pas moi qui la brûlée,
C'est la canitinère!
C'est pas moi qui là brûlée,
C'est la cantinier!

And a rough translation:

To the fire firefighters,
The house is burning!
To the fire firefighters,
The house burnt down!

It isn't me that burnt it,
It's the canteen cook,
It isn't me that burnt it,
It's the canteen cook.

La cantinière and le cantinier both mean the canteen cook, the difference being that la cantinière is a female cook and le cantinier is a male cook.  To make it a little more fun for the children you can substitute their names in instead e.g c'est pas moi qui la brûlée, c'est little imp!

For our craft this week, we repeated one from a long time ago that proved very popular at the time.  I printed out the outline of a bus on card for each child and then they used a variety of collage materials to decorate the bus however they wished.  We also had several toddler/preschooler magazines handy - think Cbeebies, disney etc.  and used the characters cut out to stick in the windows of the bus as the passengers.

Here are our fabulous buses:

Happy singing and crafting! :0)