Like everyone who is at home with the kids right now due to Coronavirus, I’m trying to find ways to keep them entertained. Its currently the Easter holidays here, so we don’t have the usual school work to complete, and while lazy days with far too much screen time are fine some of the time (ok, a lot of the time – let’s face it, we are all just trying to survive this crazy, weird situation) its nice to have a few activities planned to keep the boredom at bay.
So one day this week we had a French themed day. Here’s what we did, and if you fancy trying a theme day at home yourself, let me know in the comments!
1. Of course we started the day with the girls’ favourite breakfast – croissants.
2. We looked at an atlas and a book we have about capital cities, to find out more about France and in particular Paris. Google works just as well!
3. Izzy already knows some French from school, but we taught Clara a few words such as greetings, numbers and colours. Then they sang Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes in French (YouTube is helpful for this).
4. The girls’ favourite activity of the day – possibly the whole week – was recreating Monet inspired waterlilly paintings.
They marked out a bridge shape on the canvas with masking tape, painted over it and peeled it off once the paint had dried. I tried to do the same on cardboard for Josie as we only had two canvases, but unfortunately the masking tape just rips the card so it definately works better on canvas.
I was really impressed with their work – Josie mainly just ate the paint and I dont think I’ll ever get the blue off her white high chair, but Izzy really took her time and used her fingers to paint the canvas and get the Monet effect. Clara decided to make hers slightly different and painted a sun and waterfall in the background. They took their time and didn’t get bored after 5 minutes which is always a nice surprise!
5. It was the same with their drawings of Paris, they spent ages copying pictures of landmarks out of a travel guide book to make a poster.
6. We had to have some tv time in there – if only so I could try and have 5 minutes of peace! They watched episodes of Miraculous tales of Ladybug and Cat Noir, as the animation is set in Paris so they looked out for landmarks they recognised. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is also a good film to watch, to stick to the French theme.
7. Clara built an Eiffel tower out of Lego Duplo – which she was very proud of. Lego, building blocks or even raid the recycling and you’ve got the materials to build your own tower.
It was a nice way to fill a day, and the girls enjoyed it. Let me know if you have any other French themed activities you would have added!