The French flag is made up of three stripes of equal width in blue, white and red. It has been an inspiration to many other countries who have also adopted the three colour design for their flags.
Ask your kids to have a go at painting or colouring the French flag. Older children may also want to try drawing a fleur de lys, a traditional symbol of France.
France’s most famous landmark is also one of the most recognisable structures in the world. We’re talking about the Eiffel Tower, of course! Here’s a fun game you can play with your little one. Ask them to walk around the living room. Whenever you say ‘Bonjour!’ they must stop and do their best impression of the Eiffel Tower (Feet on the floor and arms pointing to the ceiling with palms touching) The first time they start walking they can walk normally. The next time you can ask them to take big steps, then little steps – keep changing it up! If they’re old enough to know how to count to three in French, get them to do this before they can start walking again.
Pointillism is a style of art made famous by French artists Georges-Pierre Seurat and Paul Signac. They created art using dots or ‘points’ of colourful paint to make up the bigger picture.
Your child can make their own art using dots made by their finger and thumbprints.
What you’ll need:
Put the paints into a palette and ask your little one to do some fingerprints on a page.
When dried, you can turn the dots into lots of different things – take a look at the ones we did for some inspiration.
Get your little one to put two different-coloured thumbprints on opposite sides of a page. We think sideways thumbprints work best for this.
When dried, turn the thumbprints into snails, as we’ve shown here.
Without your kid looking, draw a squiggly path from one snail to the other; then draw paths that lead to elsewhere on the page.
Your child now has to try and work out which path reunited the snails!
Hello/Good morning – Bonjour (pronounced ‘bon-joo-r’)
Please – S’il vous plait (pronounced ‘seel-voo-play’)
Thank you – Merci (pronounced ‘mair-see’)