Another cute finger game is “le ouistiti”, it is a real treat and the its French name is a lot cuter than just plain “finger monkey”. In fact “ouistiti” is the French way of getting kids to say “cheese” for the camera:-)
Here is a video with song sheet along with the English translation.
What a fun “comptine”(rhyme) and “jeu de mains”(play with hands) this is. Another favorite with the kids and they have even voted to add to our “spectacle de noël” (Christmas show). The little ones have a hard time with it at the beginning, but the more you repeat it the braver they become and you will sure be glad to have stuck with it.
You will find attached a video from Médiathèques Antony and a translated lyric and coloring sheet of the rhyme.
Un jour dans sa cabane
“Que dit la météo?” (what is the weather?) is another song which I created by translating a song by Dr Jean. Her songs are lots of fun and very catchy and the French version is a hit with my students. I use flashcards from La Maternelle de Moustache and will soon transition to a weather wheel also from Moustache.
I have attached my lyric sheet with translation and two videos of the song (one with flashcards and one with the class) as well as the Maternelle de Moustache flashcards that go with the song.
Que dit la météo
What a great way to learn “les jours de la semaine” (the days of the week). I downloaded the song sheet and flash cards from La maternelle de Moustache, one of the best online ressources for French Maternelle teachers.
Find attached the song and translated song sheet and flashcards from Maternelle de Moustache for classroom display. Do not feel intimidated by the lyrics. The children are riveted by the pictures and be sure to create actions as you sing. The children have loved this from the first day and more than a month in we still sing it everyday and now have a student lead the song each day. It is a good tool for the second period, don’t rush into it at the beginning of the school year.
La semaine des canards
semaine des canards flashcards
Les rondes are traditional folk songs sang while going round in a circle. They are lots of fun and a perfect first group activity with young children. They go around in a circle holding hands, a perfect time to introduce the shape “le rond” (the circle).
This particular “ronde” teaches body parts and has a catchy tune.
Find attached the song/coloring sheet and a long version cartoon video from Arnaud Mathonet.
Jean petit qui danse