French Activities

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French Activities 2017-09-12T12:19:44-04:00

From pre-school tots to high school students, there are so many ways for children and teens to practice and develop their French-language skills in fun and engaging ways outside of the classroom – here are a few!


NOTE: The resources listed here do not necessarily reflect CPF’s views or opinions. CPF is not responsible for the content of any of the websites/resources and does not endorse the provider of the website or any products it offers. N.B. some websites are available in French only.


BOOKS & MAGAZINES

Finding great books to read en français has never been easier!

  • Check out French e-books in the Tumblebooks online library – many libraries and schools offer free access
  • Some municipal libraries maintain comprehensive lists of French-language materials, check out North Vancouver City Library’s “Liste de livres” here and Burnaby Public Library’s French Immersion section here.
  • La Bibliothèque des Amériques: become a member for free and have access to thousands of French titles for all ages
  • Indigo’s French Book List and French Immersion Book Lists
  • L’école des Loisirs is the most important French publisher dedicated to literature for children and youth for over 50 years. The books are available with a subscription through the MAX Book Club, which is popular with schools and CPF chapters in BC. You can also listen to some of the books for free on the MAX Book Club site.
  • La Charte pour les enfants: French versions of the 14 books in The Charter for Children series which introduces children to the basic principles of The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • Kayak magazine (Canadian history presented in a comic-book style in French and English)
  • Les Débrouillards magazine (fun science magazine for younger kids)
  • GéoAdo (fun science magazine for teens)
  • Bookaboo Fun French preschool show about a world-famous rock star puppy who needs to read a story a day to play!
  • Find more reading links in our “Let’s read en français” blog post

MOVIES

Watching French movies at home is a fun way to enrich French studies in a relaxed environment.


TELEVISION

Several Canadian channels offer a wide variety of French children’s shows to watch online:


ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT

Engaging ways for kids to practice their French outside of the classroom in a variety of subjects


BOARD GAMES

Here are some fun French board games (“jeux de société”)

Or play word and number games you already own – Scrabble, Bananagrams, Uno, Boggle etc – en français!


ONLINE GAMES & APPS

And here some great online games and apps:

  • La Francomobile An engaging and motivating game-based way for kids aged 7 to 12 to learn French the fun way!
  • IDÉLLO A new world of online learning with thousands of French-language games, apps and websites for all ages and levels.
  • Zone Jeunesse Radio-Canada’s interactive youth website
  • Le Petit Champlain a free app for little explorers to learn about Samuel de Champlain’s life in a fun way
  • La Tablette de Champlain What if Samuel de Champlain had access to a digital tablet?
  • Les Jeux de Lulu
  • StopMo Studio French version of National Film Board of Canada’s award-winning stop-motion app
  • EduLuLu the Canadian reference for educational apps in French and English for 2 to 17 year olds

MUSIC

Learning songs in French will help children expand their vocabulary, learn new expressions and develop confidence.


PERFORMING ARTS

Take in some live shows en français!


FRENCH CAMPS

French summer camps offer opportunities for children to practice their French while engaging in all kinds of exciting activities. Teachers often notice that children are more willing to speak in French if they have attended a camp in French over the summer.


TRAVEL

Sites to help you visit French-speaking areas in Canada and around the world in person or virtually!