Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Le Printemps - week 2 - la fête des mamans

The second Friday of our Springtime theme was 2 days before Mothers' Day here in the UK and so it seemed appropriate to include a Mothers' Day song and craft. Both are ones we have done previously, but both so lovely they deserved to be done again!

The song is called "Comptine des bisous pour Maman" (rhyme of kisses for mummy) and the lyrics are as follows:

Sur un tissu très très doux,
Je dessine, je dessine,
Sur un tissu très très doux
Je dessine des bisous.
Pour la fête de Maman,
Je dessine, je dessine,
Pour la fête des Mamans,
Je dessine en m'appliquant.

Our craft was a mothers' day card with a hand holding a bunch of flowers.  To do this we drew around our toddlers' hands and cut them out.  We then glued the hand - but NOT the fingers to our folded piece of card.

The make flowers using tissue paper and pipe cleaners.

Stick the flowers onto the hand and the fold the fingers over and glue down so that it looks as if the hand is holding the flowers.

A very simple but very effective idea :0)

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Le printemps - week 1 - springtime collage

For the first week of our springtime theme, we enjoyed singing a mixture of springtime and Easter themed songs and rhymes including: le printemps est arrivé, Lapin Pistache, poussin poussinet, deux petits lapins ( a variation on 2 little dickie birds) regarde les petits lapins (a French version of sleepy bunnies) and Lapin de Pâques (think teddy bear teddy bear turn around but with Easter bunnies!!)

We had lots of fun joining in with the words and actions and it was lovely to see how many of the words our older little ones could remember from last year :0)

Our first springtime craft was a collage picture.  The children had free choice from the craft boxes and there was a selection of foam animals (lapins, agneaux, chevaux and canards) to choose from to add to the pictures too.

And here they are, looking pretty spectacular and making Springtime and sunshine seem ever closer :0)

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Tuesday, 10 March 2015

St Valentin

This year our toddler French session fell the day before Valentine's Day and so I decided on a Valentine's craft.

We drew around our toddlers' hands, cut them out and glued onto either end of a long strip of card.  We then cut out a large heart shape and this was decorated with a selection of collage materials and then glued to the centre of the strip - making wrap around arms ready to give a hug to somebody.

We added the phrase "un câlin pour toi" (a cuddle for you) and our valentine hugs were complete :0)

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Le corps - week 4 - c'est moi!

So my New Year's resolution of updating my blog weekly kind of fizzled out after the end of January, I'm blaming poorly children but it could just be because I am hopeless!!  Ah well, better late than never I guess, so here is the first of a few quick catch up posts.

For the fourth week of our theme "le corps", our craft was to make a life size picture of ourselves.

I bought some rolls of wallpaper lining paper from a local diy store and cut off lengths of just over a metre - you just need to make sure you go a bit longer than your toddler's height.

First lay the lining paper on the floor and get your toddler to lie on top of the paper. With a pencil, draw around your toddler so that you have a life size outline.

With the outline complete, let your toddler choose from the craft materials you have available to create their hair, facial features, clothes, etc.

We then labelled our pictures in French with the body part vocabulary that we have been learning.

Here are our completed creations:

Happy singing and crafting! :0) 

Monday, 2 February 2015

Le corps - week 3 - pancake faces

For the third week of our body topic, I decided on an edible craft. These are always particularly popular with our toddlers and I was just about quick enough to snap some pictures before they disappeared!!

I bought ready made scotch pancakes from the supermarket and the children made faces on them using cream cheese, raspberries, satsuma segments, plum and raisins.  And we got to reinforce some face vocabulary:
le visage = face
les yeux = eyes
le nez = nose
la bouche = mouth

Here are our yummy faces :0)

Happy singing and crafting! :0)

Thursday, 22 January 2015

le corps - week 2 - x-rays

Well, I'm just about keeping to my resolution to update the blog weekly again! :0)

Last Friday our body themed craft was a repeat of one we did a couple of years ago for this topic - making x-rays.

We drew around our toddlers' hands and arms and then cut up cotton buds and glued them to the hand and arm to look like the bones on an x-ray. Of course some of us added glitter as well - every princess has sparkly bones you know!!

The craft gave us the opportunity to reinforce some vocabulary and we labelled the body parts on the pictures too. Little Imp amazed me by independently labelling her own x-ray - she has been sounding out and writing words in English a lot over the last few months but this was the first time she had attempted it in French, a very proud Mummy moment!! :0)

If you want to try this activity yourself the vocabulary you will need is:

le bras = the arm
la main = the hand
le doigt = the finger
la pouce = the thumb

Here are our fabulous x-rays!

Happy singing and crafting! :0)