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Fun French Activities to Get Kids Moving

With schools going back online, parents are trying to prepare for yet another semester of homeschooling. If your kid is also in online extracurricular activities, like our FranceABC tutorials, you may be looking for some fun ways to keep them interested. Alas, Canadian winters hardly help. With restricted access to the outdoors in this frosty season, a lack of exercise can start to hinder a child’s developmental progress and mental health. That’s why we’ve come up with some fun French activities to keep your kids entertained and active indoors.


French Charades and Pictionary

Who doesn’t love a good game of charades? This is a simple twist on the game that can get the kids up and moving and give the entire family a fun break. All you need is a set of flash cards and some French nouns. Choose a theme to take the game one step further. If you would like to include objects, then allow for a pictionary element. For that you may need some paper or a white board.


After that, the rest is simple. Write your French nouns on the flash cards. These can be anything - let your imagination run wild. Everyday objects are perfect items for the pictionary aspect - types of buildings (houses, restaurants, shops, and so on), types of food, transportation, entertainment items (books, televisions, computers, etc.), and articles of clothing. For charades, choose animals and types of figures - teacher, mom, dad, student, friend, neighbour, or a chef, to name some examples.


Toss the cards into a bowl and let the game begin!


Toss It

This is a pretty simple game. All you need is a ball, and four or more players.

Stand in a circle. The first person holding the ball should start the game by saying “zéro”. They will then toss the ball to the next person who says “un”. The counting and tossing continues until one person mispronounces or cannot name a number. They then step out of the circle and the game begins again. The last person standing is the winner. This game can also be played with the alphabet.