France is a European country rich with medieval cities, alpine villages and Mediterranean beaches. Most people think of Paris, its capital, which is famous for fashion, classical art museums including the Louvre and monuments like the Eiffel Tower. The country is also renowned for its wines and sophisticated cuisine. Lascaux’s ancient cave drawings, Lyon’s Roman theater and the vast Palace of Versailles attest to its rich history.
My husband and I visited Nice, France in 2008, and Paris in 2014 – both cities stole our hearts and we would love to return.
I love to see what other parents and caregivers do for their little ones, so please post on Instagram (savybabyactivities) under #travelingthroughlearning and follow my feed, and I will feature my favorite activities at the end of the month. You can also share what you have done on this blog or PM me with France-themed activities that you have done/and or blogged about and I’ll include links to them in this post once the unit is complete.
- Placemat & Flag of France – This full color printable shows some interesting stats of the country as well as some pictures of major landmarks. I like to put it in a plastic sheet protector and use it as a placemat for meals. It is excellent to promote learning at the dinner table. This also includes a French flag to post as part of your unit.
- Map Outline & Major Cities of France – This outline map can be transferred to foam or felt and the city tags can be printed off and attached with map-pins, to help learn about the major cities.
Model of Landmark/Dwelling:
- Build a Eiffel Tower out of Popsicle Craft Sticks! A fun activity to channel your inner engineer and create a beautiful model of an iconic landmark. Make sure you have lots of sticks!
- Learn about the Euro – Great hands-on activity to describe the monetary differences of coin currency and how they differ from your own countries (in our case, the United States).
- Montessori-Inspired Iris Life Cycle, Parts of & Early Lettering Study – this FREE learning pack helps your little ones learn about this gorgeous national flower of France.
Montessori-Themed Indigenous Fauna Cards:
- Montesorri-Inspired 3-Part Matching Cards: France Fauna – These are animals found in France, and can be used to match with or without miniature models.
- Hot Air Balloon Experiment – Hot Air Balloons were invented in Paris, France and work on the science of hot air being lighter.
- Mirror Reflection Activity – Learn the principles of reflection with this simple easy to do activity with adhesive mirrors and a small object to reflect. Pretend to be in the Hall of Mirrors in Versailles Palace in France!
- Paris Themed Play Dough with loose parts.
- Stained Glass Window Craft – France has many old churches which have a beautiful representation of stained glass windows. The Rose Windows in Notre Dame are iconic and using folding techniques and paper, create a beautiful stained glass window.
- Famous Art Lacing Activity – Learn about French artists such as Monet and those featured in the Louvre (the Mona Lisa) with this fun lacing activity, great for younger learners.
- Make a fun bust of Marie Antoinette out of cotton balls, feathers and glam embellishments!
Practical Life Skills:
- Learn to make Croissants, a French classic.
Fine Motor Skills:
Gross Motor Skills:
- Tour De France is a famous bicycling event. We will focus on our own skills with bicycles for this month’s gross motor activity.
- Claude Debussy – A French classical composer in the later 1800’s to early 1900’s. He is well known for works such as Claire De Lune. We listened to his music while doing activities many of the days.
- We dressed our art figurine as a French artist – complete with cliché beret. The white blouse was made from cotton fabric, the striped skirt also made from a small scrap of white/black fabric, the scarf was a red piece of fabric and the beret was made from grey felt. I found this tiny easel at Walmart with a tiny canvas which we decided bold contemporary art would be appropriate.
- Our Influential Figure for this Month is Louis Pasteur, a French biologist, microbiologist and chemist renowned for his discoveries in the field of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization (named after him). He is remembered for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of diseases, and his discoveries have saved many lives ever since.
- Up and Away!: How Two Brothers Invented the Hot-Air Balloon, Jason Henry – This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of how the balloon came to be, King Louis XVI’s visit to see it fly, and the three animals—a rooster, a duck, and a sheep—who became its very first passengers.
- Paris: A Book of Shapes (Hello, World), Ashley Evanson – Introducing Hello, World, an exciting new board book series that pairs early learning concepts with colorful, stylish illustrations of cities around the world.
- All Aboard! Paris: A French Primer, Haily Meyers – From the creators of BabyLit®: Every area of the world can be mapped out for adventure, and brilliant babies love the sophistication of traveling by train.
I love to see what other people have done for France themed activities, so if you have something you think I need to add to this list, please DM me! 🙂