Colours, Weather & Numbers
contributed by Gillian Ashton
Play these games in the hall. Have a red, blue, yellow and green
corner. Call out rouge, bleu, jaune or vert and the children
have to run to the correct corner. Last one there is out.
Hide various objects (red, blue, yellow, green to start with)
and ask children to find something rouge or jaune etc. When
they have all found an object, ask the children to form a circle
and ask them in turn to say what colour their object is (in
French of course!). Then get all the children to pass their
object to the child on their left. They should all have a different
object and hopefully a different colour. Repeat two or three
times. Alternatively you can ask all of the children who have
something "rouge" to hold up their objects. (Tip:
don't use balls - they usually end up being thrown around the
I have also tried a memory game. Place some different coloured
objects on a tray (not more than six). Ask one of the children
to close their eyes while you take away one of the objects.
The child then has to say in French the colour of the object
which has been taken away.
I brought to school some dressing up clothes eg wellington boots,
umbrellas, raincoats, sunglasses, hat and gloves, pretend ice
I introduced weather expressions such as "Il fait beau"
with flash cards made by my daughter (age 6). The pictures were
very colourful and appealed to the children. Children could
make their own flash cards.
Once the children had been introduced to 3-4 weather expressions,
I chose a child tell them what the weather was like today and
asked them to dress accordingly. The children all enjoyed dressing
up. You can use this idea to learn the names of clothes as well.
Finally, the children were filmed doing their own weather forecast
in French. The children prepared a very simple script and I
camcorded each one in front of a map of Britain. We made home
made weather symbols which they stuck on the map with Bluetack.
All children enjoy Bingo - especially in French! As soon as
a child has a full house - get them to shout out any word in
Shopping is also a good game for learning numbers - especially
la boulangerie. Make some pretend baguettes, croissants etc.
from card and ask one child to be the customer and buy 4 baguettes
for example. The shopkeeper and other children can all help
to count them out. I found my children all appreciated having
some real baguettes, croissants and pains au chocolats to try
For younger children, make some number labels eg 1-6. The children
wear their labels and stand in a circle. Call out a number in
French eg 4 and throw a bean bag to a child wearing number 4.
That child then has to shout out a number in French and throw
the bean bag to a child wearing the correct number.
Using the labels again, ask in French for all the number fives
to wave their hands, the twos to sit down etc.