Samples taken from ‘The French collection’ Allons-y Compiled, adapted and illustrated by Dany Rosevear
© Dany Rosevear 2008 All rights reserved
You are free to copy, distribute, display and perform these works under the following conditions:
· you must give the original author credit
· you may not use this work for commercial purposes
· for any re-use or distribution, you must make clear to others the licence terms of this work
· any of these can be waived if you get permission from the copyright holder
Your fair use and other rights are no way affected by the above.
To listen to music from these songs click on O
Le fermier dans son pré O
Sing and play this song to the children – the tune should be instantly recognizable! Poitou is an area renowned for its dairy products.
Learning this familiar game in French should be child’s play, introduce each new character thus: ‘Choisis la femme’ etc. This game works well with all ages.
Everyone holds hands in a circle, the farmer stands in the centre.
Quand trois poules O
This favourite nursery rhyme of all French children is sung to the tune of ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’. Try naming other animals each time the song is sung: chiens, chats etc or solely farmyard creatures.
Children begin in groups of three, one behind the other, spread around the room.
Il était une fermière O
Add other rolling fruit and vegetables to the farmer’s basket: champignons / mushrooms, châtaignes / chestnuts, citrons / lemons, tomates / tomatoes.
Children begin by standing in a space. This song also works well as a simple circle game.
Meunier, tu dors O
A tune that moves from stillness to frantic activity.
For the youngest children: Hold hands together close to cheek. Roll forearms round each other. Whirl arms round while moving feet very quickly. See a toddler moving this way on YouTube. Find it sung at http://bmarcore.club.fr/Tine/E127.htm .
In a second game children sleep as a child creeps round the circle, dropping the miller’s handkerchief softly behind one of the children. At the words ‘Ton moulin, ton moulin’ all the children look behind them. The one who has the hanky jumps up gives chase round the circle aiming to catch the child before their place is taken.
For the game below split the class into millers and wakers who make pairs spaced carefully around the room.