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Stories in the Park: France

July 16, 2011

The country featured for Stories in the Park this week was France. Things were a little different each day (we visit two parks), but this is the general outline.

Everybody Bonjours by Leslie Kimmelman

Cabbage planting song. This is a really fun action song that teaches parts of the body. It worked especially well in the park for getting down and “planting cabbages” with our knees and head. You can pick up the tune from the video by comptines below.

Savez-vous planter les choux, à la mode, à la mode,
Savez-vous planter les choux, à la mode de chez nous?

Verse:
On les plante avec les mains (hands), à la mode, à la mode.
On les plante avec les mains, à la mode de chez nous!

etc. using:
Les pieds – feet
Les genoux – knees
La tete – head

Paris Cat by Leslie Baker

Song: Frère Jacques
We sang this in English, then French, then English again.

My Numbers in French by Zakiyyah

Song: BINGO

Le vieux fermier avait un chien et Bingo était son nom
B—I—N—G—O,
B—I—N—G—O,
B—I—N—G—O,
Et Bingo était son nom

Le vieux fermier avait un chien et Bingo était son nom
*—I—N—G—O,
*—I—N—G—O,
*—I—N—G—O,
Et Bingo était son nom etc.

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

Alouette Action Song

Alouette, little Alouette, (clapping)
Alouette, play a game with me!
Put your fingers on your head! (put fingers on head)
Put your fingers on your head
On your head, on your head
Oh… (move arms slowly back to sides)

Add ears, nose and chin until the final verse has built up to:

Alouette, little Alouette, (clapping)
Alouette, play a game with me!
On your chin, on your chin
On your nose, on your nose
On your ears, on your ears
On your head, on your head
Oh… (move arms slowly back to sides)

French Playground Games

Escargot gameWe played escargot, pétanque and bilboquet. Pétanque, or boules, especially as we played it, was basically bocce.

Bilboquet is where the children try to get the bead on a string into a cup.

Escargot is like hopscotch, except the board is drawn in the shape of a snail. Once a child makes it to the middle, they put an X in one of the squares. The next child has to get to the centre without landing in the squares with Xes. Escargot was the favourite.

One thought on “Stories in the Park: France

  1. Melanie says:

    This is great! Thanks for reminding me about Savez-vous planter les choux… I’d forgotten it and it was always so much fun to use 🙂

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